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18 Sep 2014 - 21 Sep 2014

Czech Design at London Design Festival: Glassmania; Young Czech Glass

A student and recent graduate exhibition by the Studios of Glass and Product Design at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague presenting two diverse approaches to the material of glass: a logical, industrial approach and an artistic one employing specific glassmaking technologies and the glass traditions of the Czech Republic in combination with young artists and designers.

18 - 21 September 2014
Tent London & Super Brands London
Thu 10am - 7pm, Fri & Sat 10am - 8pm, Sun 11am - 6pm
Admission: Trade, Public and Student visitors can attend all areas of the show in Tent London & Super Brands London, multiple times from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st. Visitors will be able to purchase tickets online and on the door throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Glassmania, Sebastian Kitzberger

The project by Rony Plesl’s Studio of Glass Design demonstrates an approach that is concerned with a more liberal method of working with glass as a material. In cooperation with the glass foundry of Martin Štefánek, the students were experimenting with demanding techniques that are difficult to imitate. The resulting pieces are quality, hand-crafted and finished reproductions. Rony Plesl also presents a pleiad of the best graduates from his studio this year.

The second part of the exhibition is of work by students of Michal Froněk and Jan Němeček’s Studio of Product Design and presents a different leadership vision in collaboration with more industrial-oriented companies that achieve quality by the use of high-level design. It presents luminous objects made from combinations of various materials based on different technologies supported by the glass company Bomma.

Collaboration with Bomma - Monika Kořínková

The supervisors of the GLASSMANIA project are the heads of the Glass Studio, Rony Plesl, and the Product Design Studio, Michal Froněk and Jan Němeček.

The Czech designer Rony Plesl graduated from UMPRUM in 1990. He is an internationally sought-after and award-winning artist, whose glass objects hold a privileged position in art collections in Germany, USA, the Netherlands and Japan. He exhibits regularly abroad and his work can be seen, for example, in the interior of the Hotel Zoom and Bellevue Restaurant. He has led the Glass Studio at the Academy in Prague since 2008.

UMPRUM graduates Michal Froněk and Jan Němeček founded their Studio Olgoj Chorchoj in 1990. The studio handles industrial and furniture design, but especially architecture and interior design. Over the years, they have been repeatedly awarded the honourable mention of the Grand Prix of the architectural community and the Interior of the Year award. Their work is represented in private collections as well as in important museums

The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague was established in 1885. It became a prestigious educational platform in the fields of design, architecture, fine art, photography and film animation, nurturing internationally recognised creative personalities, among the most important of which are the glass artists Stanislav Libenský and František Vízner, the designer Ladislav Sutnar and the artist and puppeteer Jiří Trnka. Today, there are six faculties in the academy, divided up into individual studios led by Rony Plesl, Maxim Velčovský, Olgoj Chorchoj, Federico Díaz, Jiří Pelcl, Liběna Rochová, Eva Eisler and others. The Academy is intensively developing collaborations with Czech manufacturers such as the carmaker Škoda Auto, the footwear manufacturers Botas and Baťa and glassworks such as Bomma, Ajeto, Preciosa and Moser.

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Collaboration with Bohem - Filip Dobiás

UMPRUM press release - UMPRUM Prague invades London!:

Part of Czech Design at London Design Festival



Tent London & Super Brands London, Hall T2, First floor, Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR


From: 18 Sep 2014
To: 21 Sep 2014


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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