Award–winning Polish furniture company finds international successHome & Interior Design
Originally Published in May 2017
NOTI is a furniture company that designs and manufactures pieces for homes, offices and public interiors. The Polish firm offers modern collections that include sofas, beds, armchairs, chairs and tables. Using the finest materials and contemporary textiles, NOTI creates durable, unique products that are displayed in showrooms in Poland, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden.
With over 30 years of experience in the industry, CEO Ryszard Balcerkiewicz launched NOTI in 2005 after already owning office furniture company Balma. Balcerkiewicz realized there were no brands on the market that presented collections in which office furniture was paired with soft furniture such as sofas and armchairs. He resigned as CEO of Balma to pursue this project and partnered with Jerzy Langier and Tomasz Augustyniak. Peter Kuchciński designed the first set for the newly established furniture brand.
“NOTI is a good brand for young people who have already shopped at IKEA and want something more unique, durable and ambitious,” said marketing specialist Natalia Sochacka. In addition to individual clients, which make up 25 percent of their sales, NOTI furnishes hotels, restaurants, offices, health-care facilities, retail chain stores and malls.
As one of the only furniture companies with a team of top Polish designers, collections are diverse but always simple, multifunctional, comfortable and durable. The award-winning artists have curated exhibitions, lectured at Polish and international universities and now work closely with NOTI to create original pieces of furniture. They are fully involved with the production process. Peter Kuchciński, Tom Rygalik, Krystian Kowalski and Dorothy Koziara are just a few of the designers who create furniture for the brand.
“NOTI is a good brand for young people who have already shopped at IKEA and want something more unique, durable and ambitious.”
Once a designer presents a preliminary drawing, a technical drawing is created and materials are selected. A prototype is built, which allows designers to refine, improve and test the products, which are all made with wood or metal. Seats, backrests and armrests are Polyethylene and are produced using the rotational molding method.
Textiles are designed with functionality and durability in mind. What distinguishes NOTI from other furniture brands in the market is the upholstery fabric. Materials, including natural Italian leather, are imported from suppliers including Kvadrat, Svensson, Gabriel and Camira to ensure designs are unique and durable.
In search of fresh ideas and new technological solutions, NOTI connects with young designers by organizing workshops and contests at the University of Arts in Poznań. Winners have a chance to see their designs implemented.
In 2016, NOTI won its third Red Dot Award, this time for the TULLI armchair designed by Tomek Rygalik in the category: Product Design Living Room and Bedrooms. Participants from 57 countries entered over 5,200 products in the category and only the best received the quality seal from the international Red Dot jury, which was composed of 41 experts. With its recent success abroad, NOTI aims to expand exports to England, Ireland, Switzerland and other European countries.