Aleksander Kuczma (born 1935), furniture designer and educator. Between 1958 and 1964 he studied at the State Higher School of Fine Arts in Poznań at the Faculty of Sculpture. He experimented with plastics. His search for new forms of utilitarian objects, at a time when the world was fascinated with plastic, was pioneering in Poland and responded to the needs of the modernising domestic furniture industry. Most of Kuczma’s designs from that period remained at the prototype stage, while some, such as the KA237 chair, found their way into museum collections.
„A piece of furniture has to be flawless and that’s it!”
„Design is first and foremost the art of building the idea of an object, and then acquiring the means to realize it. At a time when everything around us is becoming a product, we should run away from the product itself, a product that is proof only of learned design skills. We should run towards creativity – creativity which is transcending itself, which is a hunger – a thirst for goodness, truth and beauty. If we give ourselves completely to it and become a „gate of light” – Proust’s „l’ardeur, qui devient lumiere” – the objects we design will be good, true, and also beautiful.”
– Aleksander Kuczma