Robert Pludra is an industrial designer and assistant professor. He is a Department Head at the Faculty of Design, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Robert is professionally active in Poland and Switzerland and currently lives between Alsace and Warsaw.

His design studio is focused on product, social and exhibition design that encompass devices, furniture, accessories, research and development projects. Robert also leads design workshops.

Robert Pludra’s studio provides the full design process, starting from the concept, through the detailed design, to the supervision of the implementation process. Design audits and expert opinions are also conducted.

Fields

Social design

Robert’s mission is to use design tools to affect real changes in our environment. Hence, he has been cooperating with NGOs, by developing concepts of changes in the cultural and social sector, in the participatory processes. Social Design is an important element of his academic studio curriculum at the Faculty of Design, where every year his students have the opportunity to run the projects along with a Social Welfare Homes, Nursing Homes for people with physical or mental disabilities or centers for elder people. In 2013 he defended his PhD in the field of social design.

Between science and design

He sees the greatest opportunity for innovation in the cooperation with scientists and the mutual participation in the research and development projects. He is experienced in such projects in the field of medical and rehabilitation equipment and designing interactive science exhibits.

Audio Design

His music career and interest led to Robert connecting both areas since he was a student. In his BA diploma, called “Xylochair” , he mixed a musical instrument and a piece of furniture into one object. In 2016, he established a cooperation with Elektronisches Studio Basel in Switzerland. Since then he has designed a number of concepts for musical instruments, electronic devices and audio installations.

Team

Robert Pludra- designer, owner

Aleksander Gnat - engineer
Maria Maliszewska - researcher, junior designer
Emilia Kolanowska - researcher, junior designer

Cooperation

Clients: Elektronisches Studio Basel, Switzerland; Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, Istanbul; National Centre for Nuclear Research, Center of High Technologies "Hitec Świerk"; The Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing; Rail Vehicles Producer ZPS Stargard and many other institutions and producers.

Lectures, presentations and workshops leads: Hochschule der Künste Bern, Switzerland; London College of Fashion - University of the Arts London; International Materials Education Symposium, Cambridge, UK; ÉSAD Orléans; Łódź Design Festival; Copernicus Science Centre; Association of Creative Initiatives “ę”; Warsaw University of Technology ,BWA Tarnów ; Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; The Warsaw Rising Museum, National Museum in Warsaw..

Jury member of the: Green Product Award (from 2020); Siemens Future Living Award (2015-2018); Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Creative Sectors Programme (2017)

Exhibitions and awards

He participated in more than fifty exhibitions including important design festivals in Milan, London, Paris, Berlin and Tokyo. He was a ScrapLab Design Contest first prize laureate in the field of ecological design and was awarded with the scholarship of the National Centre for Culture for his project dedicated to the elderly.

BIO

Robert Pludra grew up in a forest town near Warsaw which instilled his respect for nature. Access to his grandfather’s carpentry workshop encouraged experimenting and gained his building skills.

Interested in technology, art and music he had a short period of studying Physics at the University of Warsaw before starting his studies at the Faculty of design, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He is an active drummer and plays in his band, The Alters, touring and releasing albums.

Since 2011, he runs a design freelance studio and works at his alma mater, where he defended his PhD diploma in 2013. He was deputy dean (2016-2019).

Contact

studio@robertpludra.com
[Poland] +48 694 572 472
[Switzerland] +41 762 33 22 34
internship requests: intern@robertpludra.com

Robert Pludra Industrial Design Studio
VAT number: PL1231198793
ul. Rapperswilska 8
03-956 Warszawa