Designblok, Prague 2013


30 October 2013

Designblok in Prague, Czech Republic, is one of Europe’s oldest design weeks and this year celebrated its 15th edition.

The event is one of the few in Europe to combine furniture and product design with fashion and was spread across four main sites in the city. The commercially focussed Superstudio featured international brands including Corian, Hay and Artemide alongside Czech manufacturers such as ULČ and Brokis and the best of recent graduate work from Czech design schools.

Fifty Czech design, fashion and jewellery practitioners presented at Openstudio near the Old Town Square while Art House at the historic Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace featured a series of installations and exhibitions by Matali Crasset, Olgoj Chorchoj, Hans van Bentem and others. Seventeen fashion shows from established and emerging Czech designers completed the line-up, presented in the beautiful Baroque Church of St. Simon and St. Jude.

The success of this year’s showing has helped to strengthen further the reputation of the Czech Republic as a rising star in the design world, driven by a new generation of designers keen to explore and revive the country’s rich industrial history of the recent past.

In this film we interview Jana Zielinski, the director of Designblok. A second film from the event, to be published later this week, will feature three young Czech design studios, Klára Šumová, deFORM and DECHEM Studio, as they discuss their work on show at Designblok.

The film can be viewed by clicking on the image above.