Promotion: the newest version of design pageant Designblok will showcase the work of over 178 Czech and worldwide exhibitors together with jewelry, glassware, ceramics, trend and ornamental design.
Now in its twenty fourth 12 months, Designblok takes place from 5 to 9 October at Prague’s The Gabriel Loci Monastery within the Smíchov district and the Museum of Ornamental Arts within the metropolis’s Previous City.
The five-day pageant will showcase the newest in up to date European design, together with porcelain, lighting, glassware, jewelry and trend. This 12 months’s general theme, The Forest, was chosen in reference to the occasion’s presentation of “a forest of latest designers,” in keeping with Designblok.
“Forest is the supply of life,” mentioned director of Designblok, Jana Zielinski. “Because of vegetation we are able to breathe, and greenery is essentially the most pure enhancer of our on a regular basis atmosphere. Forest can be a supply of supplies, a temple of relaxation, a paradise for mushroom pickers, a supply of inspiration for artists and DIYers, a haunted and magical fairytale place.”
“The forest is the house of Little Pink Using Hood and Hansel and Gretel, and it’s inhabited by the fox, fairies, goblins, trolls, and different creatures. The odor of the forest, moist earth, leaves, needles, meadow flowers are a purpose to maintain going,” Zielinski continued.
“At Designblok, we are going to stroll by way of the forest of Czech design, peek into the mysterious wells of information of international stars, take a path following the purple, inexperienced, yellow or blue signposts, every in keeping with his or her personal talents and tastes. We’re wanting ahead to the enchanted forest of Designblok.”
The Gabriel Loci Monastery will current the work of seven Ukrainian designers and studios in an exhibition named Sláva Ukrajině [Glory to Ukraine], which goals to assist artists affected by the battle.
The manufacturers and design studios participating embody Gunia Challenge, Gushka Wool, OLK manufactory – Oksana Levchenya, RE:QUIET, Seri/graph studio and Sergey Zhernov.
In line with Designblok, all of the chosen studios have an authentic inventive course of and values “strongly anchored in traditions, crafts and environmentally accountable manufacturing, and their relentless braveness to proceed working regardless of the troublesome circumstances”.
With assist from the Embassy of Ukraine in Prague, Designblok has helped the Ukrainian designers journey to Prague. The pageant has additionally supported them by giving the designers a complementary exhibition house, lodging and a charge for creating the set up.
“We created the challenge Glory to Ukraine! after rigorously contemplating how greatest to assist Ukrainian designers affected by the battle unleashed by Russia over half a 12 months in the past,” mentioned Zielinski.
“We imagine that serving to particular designers, whom we hope to get to Prague in individual in cooperation with the Embassy of Ukraine in Prague, is essentially the most environment friendly means for us to contribute to the safety and preservation of latest Ukrainian design.”
Additionally introduced at The Gabriel Loci Monastery’s Church of the Annunciation is an set up by Ukrainian architect and designer Viktoria Yakusha.
The set up will function ceramic vases, concrete lamps, and the Plyn couch from Yakusha’s assortment for the furnishings model FAINA, along with the newest Sluhach lamps designed for lighting model Lasvit.
“The participation of the Ukrainian studio FAINA at this 12 months’s Designblok is a matter of the guts for me,” mentioned head of the Czech version of Elle Ornament journal, Eva Slunečková.
“Not solely it’s a symbolic assist of Ukraine, however additionally it is a novel alternative to get acquainted with the work of the main designer and founding father of FAINA, Victoria Yakusha, within the fascinating atmosphere of the Church of the Annunciation within the Gabriel Loci complicated.”
“FAINA furnishings and equipment show the unprecedented – they mix conventional craftsmanship and up to date design into a pretty entire.”
The Gabriel Loci Monastery will current designs from a lot of well-known manufacturers together with Vitra, Moroso, and the Dutch studio Toer, alongside Czech producers Johann Malle and TON.
The house will even be residence to an exhibition known as Diploma Choice, that includes the work of 30 designers who took half in a global competitors in product and trend design.
The style reveals will happen on 8 October 2022 at Sacre Coeur on Holečková Road in Smichov and tickets are on sale on Designblok’s web site.
Designblok additionally features a assembly place and café known as Designerie, which might be reworked this 12 months right into a “playful oasis” by Czech studio MY DVĚ designers Monika Matějková and Veronika Watzková the place all decorations are constructed from reused or recycled supplies.
It’s going to even be residence to the platform Reflex Stage, which can provide a lot of discussions and lectures targeted on numerous subjects inside design, structure, trend, advertising and ecology.
Audio system embody designer Richard Hutton who will talk about round design; college students and lecturers from The Academy of Arts, Structure and Design in Prague, who will handle inclusivity in design; and the web site EARCH.cz will discuss greenwashing in structure.
On the Museum of Ornamental Arts, inventive platform Artwork Home will current the work of latest glass designers in an exhibition known as Sběratel – Lannova sbírka skla [Collector: The Lanna Glass Collection]. The museum will even showcase a ceramic assortment known as Terra Alba: The brand new wave of Czech porcelain.
“It’s nice that by way of Artwork Home we are able to draw consideration to the Lanna Assortment and make even individuals who wouldn’t usually be eager about it respect it. This distinctive assortment and the character of its founder Vojtěch Lanna deserve it,” mentioned curator Danica Kovářová.
“One noteworthy occasion on this 12 months’s program is the exhibition Terra Alba – nová vlna českého porcelánu [Terra Alba: The new wave of Czech porcelain] created for the event of the Presidency of the Czech Republic within the Council of the EU.”
This may encompass a abstract of essentially the most fascinating works of current years in addition to fully new works created particularly for the primary exhibition of this 12 months’s Designblok,” mentioned Designblok.
The work of the writer of the Terra Alba exhibition structure, Maxim Velčovský will even be on present on the Museum of Ornamental Arts, in addition to an exhibition named Rodinné stříbro [Family Silver] that’s organised in partnership with Forbes journal.
Designblok will happen from 5 to 9 October 2022. To be taught extra, go to its web site.
Designblok takes place from 5 to 9 October 2022. See Dezeen Occasions Information for an up-to-date checklist of structure and design occasions going down world wide.
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