Background(s) | Maria Jeglinska

The temporary wall as a backdrop.

When working on exhibition designs, I often have to deal with the challenge of designing the background in such a way as to highlight the exhibited artefact.

Background(s) is a series of large and small panels hung from the ceiling and connected to each other to form a continuous large surface. It can be freely arranged in space to respond to social forms and encourage human interaction. Neither object nor architecture but an extension of both, Background(s) is a spatial device that frames situations. It can contain, divide or be rearranged, and exposes everyday events through colour, surface and tactility.

As a design material, textile has the great advantage of being easily scaled: from micro to macro. The weave structure of Canvas lends itself to vibrant, geometric, cut-out figures, which are then sewn onto the surface of the large panels. The order of panels can be continually repositioned.

Maria Jeglinska

Maria Jeglinska (France, 1983) established her Office for Design & Research in London in 2010. She graduated from ECAL’s industrial design course in 2007 and was awarded a scholarship from the IKEA Foundation that led her to work for Galerie kreo in Paris, Konstantin Grcic in Munich and Alexander Taylor in London.

Jeglinska works on a wide range of commissions including industrial design projects, exhibition design and research-based projects in the field of design. Her clients include Ligne Roset, Cinna, Actus, 1882 Ltd, the St Etienne Design Biennale and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.

Her work is regularly exhibited and has been shown at the Villa Noailles and Centre Pompidou Metz, France; the Aram gallery and Barbican Art Gallery, UK; and at the Triennale di Milano. She curated and designed Ways Of Seeing/Sitting (2012) at the Lodz Design Festival in Poland, and co-curated and designed Wonder Cabinets of Europe at the London Design Festival in 2012 and the ICFF in 2013, and the Polish pavilion at the inaugural London Design Biennale in 2016.