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8 Jul 2019 - 18 Sep 2019

The Story of Czech Design - 30 Years of New Identity

Embark on a little journey round the contemporary Czech design world admiring the innovative and often humorous design of everyday objects made from traditional glass, porcelain and wood. The Czech Centre London opens its doors to emblematic design pieces which map the last three decades of modern Czech design from the 1989 Velvet Revolution to the work of young, emerging designers. Don't miss the Czech designers who are well known to the British public and art collectors such as Maxim Velčovský with his Little Joseph candle holder and Rony Plesl, who will also be exhibiting at the V&A in September during the London Design Festival.

The Story of Czech Design - 30 Years of New Identity presents traditional Czech industrial and ethnic craftwork such as Bohemian glass, as well as other unique art forms and design products that resulted from the fusion of Czech art with contemporaneous aesthetic forms from America and Europe. Some of the designs, such as TON chairs, have been part of the Czech cultural heritage and are an inseparable part of Czech identity.

In the early 1990s, during the transformation period in the Czech Republic, many designers returned from emigration and set up their own design studios, while the old studios either closed down or had to start again from scratch. This was also the time when design became an important element of the national economy, a respected course of study, and a leisure time activity of the young generation who created new studios - Olgoj Chorchoj, MMcité, Studio Najbrt and hipposdesign. And it is through these young designers, who are very aware of the tradition of Czech industrial production (OKOLO, DECHEM, deFORM, Lucie Koldová, Jan Čapek Vrtiška & Žák, Plecháč & Wielghus, Klára Šumová, Herman & Coufal and Tadeáš Podracký), that Czech design has risen to new heights by developing new shapes, methods and technologies.

Private View - Friday 5 July - 6:30pm
FREE ADMISSION, please register via Eventbrite

Exhibition dates: 8 July - 22 September 2019
Opening hours: Mon - Fri - 10-6, free entry

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Organiser: Czech Centre
Main Partner: Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
Concept: Jakub Berdych Karpelis and Josef Tomšej –Qubus Design Studio, Iva Knobloch – Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
Sandra Karácsony – Czech Centres
Architecture of the exhibition: Jakub Berdych Karpelis and Josef Tomšej – Qubus Design Studio
Graphic Design: Štěpán Malovec

Jakub Berdych - Hande Hoch
photo: Gabriel Urbánek            

Maxim Velčovský: Little Joseph (2006) / Qubus
Candle holder, porcelain, 8,5 x 11,5, cm
Photo: Gabriel Urbánek

hipposdesign - PUR          

Zdeněk Lhotský: Virtucell Bowl


Rony Plesl: Hand-cut crystal bowl from Krakatit collection / Ruckl      



Vitrínka Gallery, Czech Centre London, 30 Kensiongton Palace Gardens, London


From: 8 Jul 2019
To: 18 Sep 2019


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