Today, Prague's favorite design festival kicks off! Designblok 2009takes place from 6-11 October showcasing a top selection of designs, interiors, and fashion items all over town. Last year, over 30,000 visitors made Designblok the biggest social event in the city of Prague.
This year, the five-day event is anchored by two central exhibitions at the so called Superstudios (almost 6,000 square meters of showroom) both situated in the Holesovice area. A compact design guide promises a full program of exhibitions and happenings at the Karlin and Stare a Nove Mesto areas - just like the slogan says: "You can't escape design!"
Curious about the ins and outs of Czech design? Stay tuned - Core is on its way for coverage, and looking forward meeting up with Honza and Liza (the sheep) who both make a wonderful visual.
Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch optimist and motivator for materials in design. He lives and works in Hamburg where he founded Material Stories (2005) to inspire and enable the best use of materials to make design more competitive, creative and sustainable.
2011 he explored sustainable solutions from around the world during the "It's Not Easy Being Green" project with graphic designer Paula Raché. He co-organized the Materials Café exhibitions at the Hannover Messe in Germany, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. Since 2012, he works as Professor for Material and Technology Transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle growing a new materials library.