Architects Joanna Wołoszyn and Daria Barnaś would have had harder days at the office than the one in which they designed Geszeft in Katowice, Poland, but if that sounds like a criticism, it’s just the opposite – we really love the unfinished finish and stark simplicity of this proudly Silesian fashion and design store and café.
We know what you’re thinking: you’ve heard of Silesia but don’t know where it is or anything about it. It’s a region that’s mostly Poland with a corner of Germany and a sliver of the Czech Republic as well, and it’s an important part of Geszeft’s identity; owner Michał Kubieniec stocks his minimalist shelves and modular display units with products from local artists and designers and promotes the Silesian language. Behind the shelves the walls have been stripped right back as if in preparation for some new wallpaper, but we are glad the architectural duo decided to quit while they were ahead. Nice work.