He grew up during the social and economic transformation. His outlook on design is a unique voice reflected from his background. The analysis of the material culture and resourcefulness are in the heart of his thinking. Through design he strives to achieve stimulating and long-lasting functional results through minimal means, often by challenging the material properties, structure and by experimenting with new processes. The focus is on furniture, spaces and products. He studied Architecture at the Technical University of Lodz, and Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York (1999 BA/Hons).
After his studies he worked with several design companies in New York City and the area - consulting for clients including Kodak, Polaroid, MTV, PerkinElmer, Dentsply, Uniliver, DuPont etc. In 2003 he came to the Royal College of Art for Post Graduate studies (2005 MA RCA). Then he established his own design practice in both London and Lodz and joined the RCA stuff as a Research Associate. He also teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (PG13.pl) and lectures internationally. His most recent work includes projects for DuPont/Corian, Moroso, Artek, Iker, Noti, ABR, Heal's and Ideal Standard.
Tomek Rygalik has been awarded with numerous prizes and awards and over the last few years his work has been exhibited in Berlin, Frankfurt, Lodz, London, Milan, Munich, New York, Tokyo, Poznan, Warsaw and Valencia and published internationally in hundreds of magazine articles and press features, including ICON, Interni, Wallpaper, Experimenta, Blueprint, New York Times and Financial Times.