Prague hosts Designblok 2010
This week Prague is hosting its biggest annual festival of design. Now in its twelfth year, Designblok brings more than 200 presentations of new designs, as well as exhibitions, fashion shows and lectures taking place in selected showrooms, boutiques, and galleries all over the city. It has become a tradition that the centre of the exhibition programme, the so called “Superstudio”, is located at a different place each year. Ruth Fraňková spoke to Jana Zielinski, the director of Designblok, to find out about this years’ venue.
The central theme of this year’s Designblok is water. Why is that?
Have you got any special guests this year?
“This year we have quite a lot of star guests. One of them is Inga Sempé, the famous French designer working for top companies like Ligne Roset or Cappellini. She has a special exhibition here in Superstudio. Another one is Richard Hutten, a very famous conceptual Dutch designer who we hoped to bring for many years and this year we finally succeeded. There is also a quite well known Norwegian studio StokkeAustad which won the Wallpaper award as the discovery of the year.”
“I would say so. I think that for the designers it is much easier to work with glass than for example with furniture because you have to develop furniture at least two or three years. So I think almost all Czech designers have something to do with glass.”
“In my opinion it has two sides. The positive one is that Czech companies have started to work with designers to succeed and to compete, which is very important. On the other hand, I think that the crisis affects most of the companies with mid-range products and it touches them of course.”