Lukasz Opalinski was born in 1979 in the small Polish town of Glowno,
which is renowned for its long tradition of engineering and textiles. Lukasz
is the only child of Waldemar, a retired welder and Barbara, a seamstress
and dress designer.
Lukasz attended the ZSM academy in Kluczbork where he studied physics,
technical illustration and design technologies and developed skills in the
fabrication of wood, metal and plastic. It was during this period that he
also developed his passion for furniture design and built a portfolio of
innovative ideas and exciting conceptual drawings that formed the basis of
his application to Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College.
He began his HND course in Furniture Design & Craftsmanship in March
2004 and Lukasz quickly established himself as a gifted designer.
In 2005 Lukasz exhibited at the highly respected Design Exhibition in
Islington, London and received the “New Designers” award, sponsored
by the Real sheepskin Association, for his highly innovative arm chair“The Purple Chill”. In 2006 he again won the highly acclaimed award for“Indulgence” a unique interpretation of the chaise longue.
It was here that Lukasz met with Marcus Wilkinson of
Foundry, who subsequently agreed that the
company would support Lukasz’ designing career, which also enabled
him to study a BA in Furniture & Product Design at London Metropolitan University.
Lukasz has since set up a workshop and studio in Southampton, from
where he is working on a number of his exciting new conceptual designs.