According to a well-known saying the Czechs have golden hands, which implies that the two words Czech Design were meant to belong together. The Czechs have a reputation of a nation, which is able to produce anything with bare hands and the end product would not lack quality. Czech creativity manifested itself many times in the past, including the case of the Cubist movement, when the Czechoslovak art and architecture came to the forefront.
Although Cubism has its roots in Paris, it was Prague, where a lot of cubist buildings survive till the present day as magnificent symbols of the avant-garde of the past in this country. Prague has the honour to show off one of the few Cubist interiors that have survived to the present day and which can be found in the famous Grand Café Orient designed by architect Josef Gočár.
The Czechs were also successful at the World Expo in Brussels in 1958, where modern and sleek Czech design attracted international audience. During the communist era, Czech design, unfortunately, experienced severe depression, but after the fall of the Iron Curtain it celebrated a great rebirth. Nowadays, it’s absolutely impossible to walk around Prague or skim through the international design magazine without having noticed that Czech design has become a hot topic once again.
Elegant and sometimes literally capricious architectural designs, furniture, glass, home decor and much more foreshadow the Czech design will continue to flourish. We would like to introduce one of the best Czech designers and their unique art forms.
Lasvit company, established in 2007 by Leon Jakimič, is dedicated to the manufacture and installation of exclusive and original lighting design, glass architectural elements and art objects made of glass. Its multi-award winning collection made a breakthrough in the world of design and revitalized a major Czech glassmaking tradition. Create breathtaking glass lighting and art objects for leading customers around the world – Lasvit has chosen this path and has been following it ever since company’s establishment. Lasvit combines authenticity and tradition with innovative technologies, creative and precise craftsmanship, also thanks to close cooperation with famous glassmakers and designers, such as Nendo, Ross Lovegrove, Daniel Libeskind or Maarten Baas.
Qubus design shop in Prague’s Old Town offers contemporary Czech and conceptual design of world famous authors and brands. The initial idea behind the design shop and studio Qubus establishment in 2002 was to bring the best of contemporary design to the public. Under Qubus brand its founders Jakub Berdych and Maxim Velčovský create a wide range of comprehensive collections and products and take care of the brand’s reputation not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad.
If you’re looking for authentic stylish furniture and accessories, visit one of the shops under Modernista brand, specializing in Czech interior design. Thanks to its unique offer of designer goods, Modernista brand has enjoyed an excellent reputation since its inception, which implies the fact that it’s often mentioned in Czech and international magazines on home interior and design. Modernista’s product range includes replicas of Czech Cubist ceramics, porcelain from Czech designers, latest design glasswear, original interior accessories and many more.
Lucie Koldová is an interior and product designer from the Czech Republic. Her work is presented at the leading design shows in Europe, on the Czech market Lucie Koldová is represented by a traditional Czech manufacturer Brokis. Her playful and timeless lighting, furniture and glass designs are the result of natural talent and education at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, where from she graduated in 2009. After graduation, Lucie has moved to the city of lights, Paris, where she worked as an interior designer and continued creating amazing art pieces. In 2012, Lucie opened her own studio in Paris, and is now focused on international clients.
As the claim on the mainpage of studio’s website suggests, DECHEM tells stories in bohemian glass. Studio Dechem is a duo of Czech designers, Michaela Tomišková and Jakub Janďourek, working with glass and exploring its possibilities. Both designers from DECHEM are fascinated by the characteristics of this miraculous material, its formability and appearance. Studio’s work was for the first time presented at DesignBlok in 2013. A year later, in 2014 DECHEM won the first award of this prestigious Czech design festival.
Koncern Design Studio
Koncern Design Studio was founded in 2000 by two designers Jiri Pribyl and Martin Imrich. Studio is specialized in industrial design, and mainly works for international companies. Koncern provides wider support in product development, which starts with research in the branch, continues through the development and leads to the cooperation with client´s marketing department. Koncern studio has won numerous design awards, including 7 Red Dot Design awards and 3 Kind + Jugend Innovation awards.
Fashion brand LaFormela is made up by the collective of Czech and Slovak designers. The designers strive to give independence to people who crave luxury but are in need of a new alternative, and a unique interpretation to extravagant clothing. LaFormela is the brand that offers these exclusive, quality alternatives.