BEDA (The Bureau of European Design Assotiations) is the largest and most prestigious association gathering designers from all over Europe. The appointment of Paulina Kisiel to this position is not only unquestionable prestige, but also the possibility of promoting Gdynia and Gdynia designers on the international arena even more than before.On May 29, during a meeting, organized for the first time remotely, BEDA member organizations (from 22 European Member States as well as Serbia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) elected a new board for the 2020-2022 term.
Opportunity for designers
The main task of BEDA is to promote design in business circles all over Europe. Undoubtedly, the presence of Paulina Kisiel in the management board of the organization will also increase the chances of Gdynia designers to promote their work on international markets.
Long - term tradition
The beginnings of BEDA date back to the sixties, when little knowledge and awareness of the influence that designers could have on business was low. Today BEDA has 47 members from around 25 countries. It brings together public organizations that promote design at national or regional level, as well as professional associations of designers from all over Europe. The association's merit is also the launch of a number of European initiatives for innovation in the field of design, including the Design for Europe project.
The election of Paulina Kisiel as a board member of this prestigious body is not accidental. The organization on its website, mentioning the Gdynia Design Days (GDD) festival, describes it as the most top event in the Baltic Sea region. Each edition of GDD serves as a pretext for discussing topics related to the broadly understood design in the context of changes taking place in the world. All the exhibitions, workshops, lectures and debates organized as part of the festival concern current topics in the field of technology, process design, ecology, fashion, architecture, urban planning and craftsmanship. The Gdynia festival fits perfectly into the BEDA mission, connecting the world of design with the world of business.
- I hope that my presence on the board of the board will be an opportunity to increase the international visibility of Gdynia Design Days. The events we offer relate to current topics and are addressed to everyone who is fascinated by design and wants to learn how design can affect the social and economic development of the region and the country - declares Paulina Kisiel.
Paulina Kisiel, the manager of Gdynia Design Days and Gdynia Design Center, will represent Poland on the BEDA board for the next two years, sitting next to:
- · President BEDA Päivi Tahkokallio
- · Vice - president BEDA Isabelle Vérilhac
- · Design & Crafts Council Ireland
- · Cyrielle Doutrewe, Wallonie Design, Belgium
- · Martin Fössleitner, Designaustria, Austria
- · Anna Kohut-Jankó, Hungarian Design Council
- · Christina Melander, Danish Design Centre, Denmark
- · Fabrizio Pierandrei, Association of Industrial Design (ADI), Italy
- · Piotr Swiatek, PDR Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
- · Ingrid van der Wacht, Dutch Design Foundation, The Netherlands
- In rebuilding the future for a new generation of Europe, it is very important that BEDA can benefit from the diverse and deep knowledge of the members of the Council. I am pleased that BEDA member organizations continue to actively support our current work by appointing and selecting a truly representative board from all over Europe - commented the new board chairwoman - Päivi Tahkokallio.
The current BEDA management board: https://www.beda.org/news/beda-elects-2020-22-board-and-welcomes-three-new-members/
Paulina Kisiel has been involved in creating a new quality of the Gdynia Design Days festival since 2012, as well as current activities under PPNT Gdynia | Design Center. Her daily work as the manager of the Gdynia Design Days festival focuses on careful observation of trends and adapting the festival program to the needs of its audience. Awarded the Strategist of the Year 2017 title by Design Alive magazine, nominated in the Pomeranian Sztormy plebiscite by "Gazeta Wyborcza Trójmiasto" in the Man of the Year category. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Gdańsk University of Technology and Design Management at SWPS. One year's dean's leave was spent working in an architectural office in London. She is associated with the author's architectural studio studioturbo.pl. Honored with the main prize for the investment of 2019 - "Muszla Gdynia"
The Bureau of European Design Assotiations (BEDA) is a non-profit organization funded entirely by its members. It is run by a board elected by its members every two years. Every two years, it also elects the President and Vice-President, it has its seat in Brussels.