This year's Prague Design Days are mainly happening at the Superstudios in the Holesovice area. The Classic7 is one of the main buildings that might seem to be abandoned from the outside but is actually full of young designers.
Among the four floors of design presentations we spotted torpedoes as toys, speakers that seem to be dogs, trash which is not trash, leather made from fish, and vases that remind us of Marilyn Monroe. Nothing here is what it seems to be - watch for yourself!
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The handcrafted and recycled paper works at Papelote make a nice shop for the visiting youngsters who are in need for next year's school materials and people who are looking for alternatives to the traditional black notebooks.
Czech designer Thomas Kral demonstrates that cork can be more than just a bottle stopper. With CNC milling techniques and carefully selected glass pieces he created a beautiful series of bowls, lamps and boxes.
Many designers are inspired by the female beauty. For historical pinups, Jan Capek's series of vases is probably one of the best tributes ever.
Skins Designs presents a selection of their wallpapers and surface design collection. Whether you prefer full color geometry or tattoo-like patterns on your walls, tables, or lights, there is something for everyone.
The girls at Trashmade presents a collection of Czech-made jewelry, fashion and interior items made from recycled materials such as old computers. Trashmade is full of ideas and brings new life to old appliances.
LSD stands for Libor Sostak Design and presents a series of speakers that look like mutated dogs and adds typography to its chairs by revealing its wooden base.
Materio traveled in from France to present their "Inspired by Nature" exhibition. Friday night, Elodie Ternaux lectures about Materio's materials libraries in Paris, Antwerp, Barcelona, and demonstrates material developments such as how fish skin is replacing traditional cow leather.
Greetings from Prague, more pictures and stories coming up!
Designblokis Prague's biggest design event which takes place from 6-11 October 2009 The five-day event is anchored by two central exhibitions at the so called Superstudios with almost 6,000 square meters of showroom, both situated in the Holesovice area.
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.