prof. Rajmund Teofil Hałas
Visual artist, architect, furniture designer
The passion for carpentry in professor’s family from Krobia in Greater Poland Voivodeship started
with his great grandfather, Jakub Węcławski mid XIX century. Jakub’s shop was taken over by his soninlaw, Franciszek Hałas, who passed the craft on to his son, Teofil.
The latter, in 1922, opened a furniture factory. The family tradition was carried on by his sons – Zygmunt and Rajmund Teofil, who after graduating from the Carpentry and Sculpture Gymnasium in Cieplice Zdrój received the title of a Master of Carpentry and in 1951 he enrolled in PWSSP in Poznań, on the Interior Architecture department, under professor Jerzy Staniszkis.
After that, Rajmund got involved in the furniture industry and led the Furniture Design Workshop.
That’s when he has designed – among others – the PÓŁKA O ZMIENNYCH WYSOKOŚCIACH (1959) and a set of chairs: RED – WHITE – BLACK (1957 – 62) In 1960, together with Czesław Kowalski(KOWALSKI WALL UNITS), Leonard Kuczma, and Janusz Różański he founded the Koło group.
The group has initiated the efforts towards organising a Furniture Biennale in Poznań. Less than twenty years after (1978) the organizational committee for the I International Furniture Triennale has been established.
In 1964 he took part in scholar exchange programs in Helsinki Industrial Art Institute, and a year later in Great Britain.That’s where he met creators like Alvar Aalto or Gordon Russell.
His journeys to the west resulted in the founding of the Industrial Design department at PWSSP, where he led the Inspiring Design Workshop.
Until the end of his very active life he was very strongly tied to the Poznań university. During his professorial retirement he acted as a consultant for the Design Department and conducted architecture and design history classes at the Architecture and Design Department.
Thanks to Marek Hałas’ (the proffessor’s nephew) initiative, the facilities of his grandfather’s former furniture factory have been transformed into Rajmund Teofil Hałas’ Museum of Woodwork and local folklore.