I daydream, explore and design. I am seeking new experiences and possibilities in natural materials and techniques. My studio aims for objects and spaces that speak to the body and mind, resonates with everyday life but remains thoughtful. I blend art, craft and technology, producing well-thought out and refined in every detail project ranging in scale and complexity—from hand-held, intergenerational, wooden toys to musical installation presented in the most frequented places of the world.
Karol Murlak is a designer, researcher and educator with an expertise ranging from product and space design to design research and consulting.
Since 2005, he has been designing for leading firms and institutions from Europe and United States including: Deutsche Bank, Boston Consulting Group, Martinelli Luce, Meble Vox, Terma Group and Pratt Institute. His projects were presented on exhibitions in London, Milan, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dresden, Budapest, Prague, Bucharest, Sofia, Ljubljana, Warsaw, São Paulo, Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro. He won recognized design awards and competition such as: Design by… Competition, Sanitec Koło Prize, Design Competition for City of Łódź and many others. He co-founded and has been running a design studio Designlab for over 10 years.
As an Associate Professor at Pratt Institute in New York and Assistant Professor at School of Form in Poznań, Poland, he is actively engaged in design research and education. He has been involved in numerous research projects varying from product and space perception to material development and application. Previously he worked at Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw.
Karol graduated from Spatial Design program in Falmouth College of Art in Great Britain. He also holds a doctoral degree in design and a master’s degree in interior architecture both form Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland. Today he lives and works between New York, Warsaw and Poznań.