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Posts tagged as 'Czech Republic'

Fri 1.7.

‘Wave’ rocking chair by Michal Riabic for TON (CZ)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 01.07.2011 - Tagged as: , ,

'Wave' rocking chair by Michal Riabic for TON

Inspired by the iconic rocking chair by the bentwood-process inventor Michael Thonet, the young Slovak designer Michal Riabic has created this ‘Wave’ rocking armchair for the Czech manufacturer TON. The simple, curvilinear ‘Wave’ encompasses a leather upholstery and the design has won ‘the best redesign of a standard rocking chair’ competition held by TON on the occasion of the manufacturer’s 150-years anniversary of the traditional bentwood furniture production. (more…)

'Atonehenge' wall panel by Vladimír Ambroz

The Czech manufacturer and studio AMOS design, founded in 1990 by the architect Vladimír Ambroz is specialised in high quality interior design and contract furniture. As authorized manufacturer of DuPont™CORIAN® they recently launched this new range of wall panels for interior use. The panels are shaped on CNC machines in a way that they create an unbroken, linked motif on the wall.

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Fri 24.9.

Public sauna by Mjölk architects (CZ)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 24.09.2010 - Tagged as: , ,

Public Sauna by Mjölk architects, photos by Tomas Tesar

The young Czech practice Mjölk architects recently completed this beautiful free standing public sauna on the city dam in Liberec, their city of residence. The sauna itself was built on an abandoned concrete platform, which is located only a few dozen meters away from a popular public beach and promenade.

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Fri 17.9.

Anna Torfs (CZ) at Maison & Objets

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 17.09.2010 - Tagged as: , , , , , ,

'Sinope' by Anna Torfs

Since 2002 the Czech designer Anna Torfs produces handmade glass objects. At this year’s maison & objects Anna displayed her colourful creations including some brand new designs.

Her thick-walled vases and bowls are characterised by a delicate interplay of different colours and transparencies. Cutting through the object like an anatomist, Anna reveals layer after layer to show how an object is built.

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Mon 7.6.

Vila Hermína by HŠH architekti (CZ)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 07.06.2010 - Tagged as: , ,

Vila Hermína, photo by Ester Havlová

No, this expressive single family home by the Prag based HŠH architekti has not been shaped out of a giant chewing gum, in fact the plastic facade is made from a polyurethane spray with pink coat for thermal and water insulation and is meant as a credit to the architect’s favourite building of ‘Versuchsanstalt für Wasserbau und Schiffbau’ in Berlin by Ludwig Leo.

Vila Hermína, photo by Ester Havlová

“The building is situated on a sloping terrain on the outskirts of Černín, taking the same slope into its internals for floors. The interior layout is based on alternating straight and sloping floor surfaces that create the overall spiralling character of the interior and define the building’s external appearance. However, the use of the sloping floor on the ground floor is not purposeless – it is there on investor´s reguest to accomodate movie projections as a small movie theatre. Windows and other openings are placed with respect of the external façade – each of the walls only has one opening.”

Vila Hermína, photo by Ester Havlová

Vila Hermína, photo by Ester Havlová

Vila Hermína, photo by Ester Havlová

Vila Hermína, photo by Ester Havlová

to the HŠH architekti profile @ Architonic

'Moving Mondrian' by Vladimír Ambroz

'Moving Mondrian' by Vladimír Ambroz

The Czech manufacturer AMOSDESIGN has presented ‘Moving Mondrian’, a striking, limited-edition bookcase, at this year’s Maison & Objet design fair in Paris. Designed by Vladimír Ambroz and made of Corian, its grid-like construction and primary-colour accents reference Dutch De Stil painter Piet Mondrian’s highly abstract work. The piece’s wheels provide easy mobility.

'Moving Mondrian' by Vladimír Ambroz

'Moving Mondrian' by Vladimír Ambroz

'Moving Mondrian' by Vladimír Ambroz

'Moving Mondrian' by Vladimír Ambroz

to the AMOSDESIGN website

Zlín – Model Town of Modernism

Zlín – Model Town of Modernism

The rise of the small town Zlín in the east of the Czech Republic to the centre of the biggest European shoe manufacturer Bat’a is a unique economic and social, but also an architectural phenomenon. Zlín is a “model town of Modernism“, since many architectural and social ideals that politicians, entrepreneurs and architects propagated as visionary after World War I, had been realized there. Thus the town, that Le Corbusier described as a „shining phenomenon“, became a kind of pilgrimage site for all kinds of proponents of progress in the 1930s. At the turn of the century, the small place in which Tomáš Bat’a had founded a shoe factory together with his brother and sister in 1894, had 3,000 inhabitants, steadily developing to 43,000 by 1938.

Zlín – Model Town of Modernism

Zlín – Model Town of Modernism

Thrilled by the ideas and production methods of the most successful car manufacturer of the time, Henry Ford, and the founder of the science of management, Frederick W. Taylor, the entrepreneurs Tomáš and Jan Antonin Bat’a had the small place systematically developed into a kind of huge laboratory for communal life and work, establishing a system in which the entire town and all its inhabitants were only serving one single purpose – the increase of shoe production. Not only the division of labour, timekeeping and conveyor belts, but also captive social facilities such as nurseries, schools and a hospital as well as a department store, a sports club and a large cinema, aimed at this target. Architecture should also contribute to forming new and better-working people.

Zlín – Model Town of Modernism

Zlín – Model Town of Modernism

The town is divided into zones assigned to the areas of working, living, spare time and traffic – a separation of functions corresponding to the key concepts of modern town building that were later propagated in the „Charta of Athens“. Decisively influenced by the architects František L. Gahura and Vladimír Karfík, almost all public buildings were developed on a planning grid of 6.15 by 6.15 metres, a uniform measurement which literally served as a standardization of work and life. Starting out from Zlín, Bat’a had factories and towns erected in other countries and continents as a smaller version of Zlín using modern architecture to convey a company-related identity and modernity.

Zlín – Model Town of Modernism

Zlín – Model Town of Modernism

The exhibition has adapted parts of the Prague show „The Bat’a Phenomenon“ (National Gallery, spring 2009) but has been restructured for Munich. By means of models, plans, objects, photographs and films the architectural development, the linkage of cultural and social life in Zlín as well as the worldwide circulation of Bat’a’s ideas are presented and critically reflected. A separate area, specifically compiled for the Munich show, will be dealing extensively with Le Corbusier’s planning concepts for Bat’a – which have so far been hardly known, even in expert circles (expansion of Zlín, a standard plan for the French shoe shops, the French satellite town Hellocourt and the Bat’a pavilion for the World Fair in Paris in 1937). Some of the original drawings of the Fondation Le Corbusier will be shown for the first time. A big model of the World Fair pavilion – only known as a plan so far – can be experienced in its spatial form for the first time.

Opening: 18.11.2009, 19.00

Duration of exhibition: 19.11.-21.02.2010

to the Pinakothek der Moderne website

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