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17 Sep 2016 - 25 Sep 2016

BREATHLESS: The Essence of Glass

'BREATHLESS' is an interactive exhibition based on Dechem Studio's passion for glassmaking. Representing the essence of glass, from its inception to its presence in various forms located all around us, it features live glass blowing, a museum of glass curated by OKOLO, workshops and talks.

1 North Terrace, Kensington, London SW3 2BA, UK
17 - 25 September 2016
Open daily from 10am to 7pm


16 September, 7pm-9pm / 1 North Terrace, Kensington, London SW3 2BA
Stop by for the first sneak peek and a glass of beer with the designers before the official start.


Stop by and learn how to make your own glass object or just enjoy watching the process. Suitable for families with children too!
17-21 September, 11am-1pm and 4-7pm
1 North Terrace, Kensington, London SW3 2BA
Free entry, no registration required

Top notch designers will spend an afternoon experimenting with the glass furnace creating new glass objects. Be amazed.
Wednesday 21 September, 2-5 pm: special guest designer Tomas Alonso
Thursday 22 September, 2-5 pm: special guest designer Marcin Rusak
Friday 23 September, 2-5 pm: special guest Michael Anastassiades
Saturday24 September, 2-5 pm
: special guest design Studio Swine
Free entry, no registration required

V&A Guided Walking Tour
A guided tour of the V&A’s glass collection with curator Adam Štěch about the Czech elements in the collection, history of glass, its making and design. Followed by a visit to the nearby Breathless exhibition and live glass blowing.
Wednesday 21 September, 3-4.30pm
Friday 23 September, 6-7.30pm
Meeting point: Victoria and Albert Museum, London Design Festival desk in the Grand Entrance, Level 1
Free entry, drop in, no registration necessary
More info


London Design Festival 2016 Preview: Breathless from London Design Festival on Vimeo.

BREATHLESS is a joint project of the award-winning design studio DECHEM, Czech Centre London and creative group OKOLO. Part of the Brompton Design District, the interactive exhibition aims to represent the essence of glass-making, from its inception to its presence in various forms located all around us. The very birth of glass will symbolically materialize in the installation of a mobile glass furnace, thanks to which visitors can go behind the scenes of this sophisticated craft. Professional glass-makers Marek Bartko and Marek Effmert will run workshops for visitors and, in collaboration with renowned designers (Tomas Alonso, Marcin Rusak, Studio Swine and Michael Anastassiades), craft intuitive artwork. These improvised workshops will include a variety of raw materials needed to manufacture glass as well as traditional instruments. As a counterpoint to the dynamic aspect, a glass museum will also be created under the curatorial supervision of both studios, with more than 30 diverse artefacts and forms of glass included - from conventional glassware, via design and art, to more utilitarian objects such as fibreglass, plate glass and many others. This selection metaphorically shows the various forms that glass - at the time being produced in the nearby furnace –can be shaped into.

The exhibition also includes a chill out zone, where visitors can read selected publications about glass and taste the special glass-makers’ 8-degree beer, which is an essential part of the life and work of each glass-maker.

In cooperation with the Victoria and Albert Museum, BREATHLESS also presents two original introductions to glass, its making, history and design consisting of a guided tour of the V&A’s glass collection and a visit to the nearby BREATHLESS site-specific installation where guests can participate in live glass blowing and visit a pop-up museum of various forms and development stages of glass.





Organisor: Czech Centre London
Coorganisers: Dechem, Okolo
Concept: Tereza Porybná, Adam Štech, Jakub Janďourek
Installation and catalogue design: Okolo
Designers: Michaela Tomíšková, Jakub Janďourek – Dechem a hosté
Partners: Techo, Czech British Chamber of Commerce, Pilsner Urquell, Magistrát hl. města Prahy, Czech Tourism, London Design Festival, Victoria and Albert Museum

Cover image: Tomáš Souček


Petr Krejčí: DECHEM

Photo: Beth Orten

Photo: Beth Orten

Photo: Beth Orten

Photo: Beth Orten

Part of London Design Festival and the Brompton Design District.

The Brompton Design District is a partnership between leading international brands, much loved independent retailers, neighbourhood restaurants and cultural institutions. Initiated by South Kensington Estates, a company with a history woven into the fabric of the district for over 200 years, these businesses joined forces in 2006 with a view to revitalise the heritage of the area. The aim is to create a place where people come together to share, enjoy and learn about design in its broadest sense; design, culture, fashion and food.

During the London Design Festival, Brompton hosts a programme of temporary design exhibitions in vacant spaces curated by Jane Withers. 2016 is the 10th anniversary of this programme and the theme for this year is transformation. Brompton celebrates with a special installation and event called the Brompton Cocktail at the garage, 1 North Terrace with Arabeschi di Latte and Brompton's alumni of designers. www.bromptondesigndistrict.com


Supported by: Techo, Budweiser Budvar and Czech Tourism


1 North Terrace, Kensington, London SW3 2BA, UK


From: 17 Sep 2016
To: 25 Sep 2016


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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