Czech design. Some may already know of it, some may not. Either way, it's not exactly common. But you might just be surprised, because Czech design offers high standards and originality in many fields, and Czech designers have made it big all over the world. Beauty, humour, and imagination all come together in high-quality yet affordable products with a distinctive style. If you are looking for an interesting style, try contemporary Czech design. And if you want to know just what exactly is meant by ‘Czech design‘, don't miss the autumn Designblok show in Prague. The best of the best will be there!
Playful Czech DesignApplied art, often evoked by the term ‘design‘, has many shapes and forms. However, it is possible to trace a unified line that winds its way through Czech design. And that line is playfulness and humour. Some of the best Czech design pieces include the elegant yet technically perfect glass vases and lamps by Olgoj Chorchoj studio, or the products of Rony Plesl, such as glass bowls embossed with bubble wrap. Glass in general is probably the most iconic material that connects artists across the Czech Republic. And what about the aforementioned humour? Maxim Velčovský's products, which include an ashtray in the shape of the Czech Republic or ceramic boots, are sure to put a smile on your face.
Wanting an armchair, or perhaps a notepad?Looking for something to take home as a souvenir? Try an original piece of art! Modernista in Prague is a specialist in Czech design and applied arts and has several shops, including one in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. Modernista is a manufacturer and retailer of time-honoured 20th century and contemporary objects. It offers a wide range of goods from cubist ceramics to functionalist furniture, lamps, and toys to the latest creations in original glass, jewellery, and porcelain. The cubist collection of decorative objects created between 1910 and 1920 by designers and architects such as Pavel Janák, Vlastislav Hofman and Josef Gočár. It is one of the most original and Czech-specific products, unparalleled in the world. Although the unique style was not born in Prague at the beginning of the 20th century, it found the most fertile ground here. Young avant-garde artists applied the cubist principles of Picasso and Braque to architecture and applied arts – a phenomenon not to be seen anywhere else in the world.
But even if you're not in the market for anything as voluminous as a cubist sofa, you needn't despair. Prague's Letná and Holešovice are full of shops and small stores opened by young designers and craftsmen. You can find everything from notebooks and stationery by Papelote to EmaMamisu's original porcelain. All you have to do is browse and choose what you like and what will fit in your suitcase.
An arcade of Czech design If you want to be inspired by the beauty of Czech art and applied arts, take a walk through the Arcade of Czech Design. This unique space can be found in the arcade of the Czech National Bank in Prague on Na Příkopě Street. Inspired by Paris, Berlin and Brussels, the project serves young art and design not only as an exhibition forum, but also as a meeting point or workshop venue. The exhibitions are renewed every three months and both renowned and emerging designer talents take their turn in showcasing their work.