Design talk means it’s time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we’d like you to get to know furniture design label Politura. A Polish company based in Berlin, Politura is on a noble mission: to revive forgotten design classics from behind the iron curtain of Eastern Europe.
“Our furniture was designed for the working class. For ideological reasons, we weren’t allowed to design extravagant things. Yet we knew that people deserved more.” — Edmund Homa (1927 – 2017)
Furniture designers in postwar Eastern Europe faced challenges of imposed standards and material, technological and infrastructural constraints. Under socialist ideology, designers worked without recognition while their products were exported throughout the Eastern Bloc and to Western Europe.
This is why, many years later, Politura was created: to discover the identities of these designers and introduce their forgotten creations to the modern market. During their search, the Politura team chanced upon the creator of a well-known armchair, Edmund Homa, in Poland. His design, made from rare Afromosia wood, was never mass-produced: the chair was rejected by the furniture commission because the exotic wood was hard to source, it was too expensive to produce, and the design was deemed too bourgeois. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, the factory’s assets were liquidated, but Homa luckily found the prototype in possession of a former employee, having survived decades of use.
50 years later, Politura revived the H106 chair, just as it was then. The re-edition became the foundation of a brand created to pay tribute to these under-appreciated designers and their creations. Politura has since grown into an expanding collection of unique furniture designs from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, designed by creatives like Janusz Röżański, Romuald Ferens or Rajmund Hałas. DECOVRY stocks a range of Politura items, from the iconic Edmund Homa chair to other seats and coffee tables.