Our history

FREZO is an exclusive decorative brand with products inspired by post-war Polish art and design. In our offer you will find wallpapers that are adaptations of wall paintings from that period and contemporary designs of fabrics, ceramics and other interior elements stylistically referring to the 1950s and 1960s.

We bring back forgotten, non-existent works based on preserved sketches and designs so that they can again enjoy the eyes of lovers and connoisseurs of good design.

FREZO wallpapers have been repeatedly appreciated and awarded, both for design and quality. Our products have received The Must Have 2017 quality mark awarded by the Łódź Design Festival as well as got to the finals of the prestigious Good Design competition organized by the Institute of Industrial Design in Warsaw and received the distinction of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

The history of our projects dates back to the 1950s. At that time, the artist from Toruń Franciszek Michałek (1923-2006) graduates from the Faculty of Fine Arts under the direction of the famous Tymon Niesiołowski, one of the greatest Polish painters of the 20th century. He rejects the offer of his master to stay at the university and moves to Bydgoszcz, where he creates his first monumental wall compositions. He designs paintings in sanatoriums, cafes, office buildings, hotels and cinemas. This kind of art becomes his specialty and way of earning a living. By the end of the 70s, he creates several dozen monumental wall paintings in many cities.

At the beginning of the 1980s, Franciszek stops creating and goes into oblivion. His works disappear, covered with shoddy decorations from the turn of the 1980s and 1990s. This story could have ended, but after his death, several hundred designs and sketches of paintings and decorative elements are discovered. These, mostly never presented, works make up a large posthumous exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art in Toruń Toruniu(more about the exhibition…).

Two years later, Franciszek’s son and friends transfer the original wall decorations created by his father to the wallpapers. Patterns from several decades ago come to life on the walls of contemporary interiors. This is how FREZO is created (the combination of words: Franciszek and Fresco), and the brand logo is stylized with the letter “F”, with which Franciszek marked his own candlesticks.

In the following years, FREZO’s offer is expanded to include fabrics, rugs, artistic ceramics and decorative tiles. Despite the great diversity, the common denominator combining FREZO products remains creativity and the unique atmosphere created by Franciszek. Sketches and works from over half a century ago, arranged and reinterpreted by his descendants, fit perfectly in contemporary interiors.


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