Table Tavern. A platter from Poland with an award from the NYCxDesign Awards

This is a project by Ewa Stecewicz and Liza Nalewajko. Table Tavern is a six-tier platter with removable bowls inspired by Julia Keilova’s dinnerware. The Poles recently won an award at the NYCxDesign Awards 2024 for their design.

The dish was created out of a simple need. The platter is meant to make portioning easier and save space on the table.

Our platter was presented among the work of well-known designers at the international NYCxDesign Awards 2024 competition and was spectacularly successful, winning in its category. Thanks to the financial support of SWPS University, we were able to receive the statuette in person at the awards ceremony on 20 May 2024 in New York. The event was hosted by Cindy Allen, editor-in-chief of Interior Design magazine, which supports and promotes the award-winning projects, say Ewa Stecewicz and Liza Nalewajko.

The project was inspired by the work of Julia Keilova, a pre-war designer and metalworker working in the Art Deco trend. The authors were looking for an ellipsoid that would lie perfectly in the hand. First sketches were made, prototypes made of paper. The designers even created a parametric code to adjust the shape of the object.

This made it easier for us to choose the optimum form for the product method – sheet metal stamping on a KUKA robotic arm, they add.

The designers created the object on commission from the Museum of Warsaw for the exhibition ‘Julia Keilowa. Designer’. The vessel can be seen at the Museum, and is displayed with other works by students and Keilowa’s original designs. The project was supervised by mgr inż. arch. Małgorzata Malinowska and Sara Boś, MA.

The NYCxDesign Awards is an annual competition within NYCxDesign, the largest design festival in New York. It is one of the key events in the global design calendar, attracting thousands of designers, architects and design enthusiasts from different continents.


The NYCxDesign Awards competition aims to honour the best projects in design. Authors of both architecture and functional forms are recognised. The competition entries are judged by renowned design experts: Cindy Allen: Editor-in-Chief of Interior Design magazine; Harry Allen: Founder of design firm Harry Allen Design; Alexandra Barker: FAIA, LEED AP of Barker Architecture; Dr. Carol Bentel: FAIA, FIIDA, ASID, chair and partner of Interior Design; James Corner: Founder of Field Operations; Alda Ly: Founder and Director of ALA Studio; Gregg Pasquarelli: FAIA, Founder and Director of SHoP Architects; Becca Roderick: Director of Interior Design at Morris Adjmi Architects.

We are proud that our work has been recognised on such a prestigious international stage. Our success shows that determination, innovation and passion for design can bring global recognition. We are delighted to have been able to represent the creativity and modern approach to design that has been so enthusiastically received,” add the authors of the Table Tavern project.

source: Ewa Stecewicz and Liza Nalewajko

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