If we think of the most important hubs of international design, we mostly think of Italy, Scandinavia, or the United Kingdom, even though there’s a design revolution taking place not too far from Hungary, in the heart of Europe.
A number of talented young designers and successful brands from the Czech Republic have gotten into the limelight in the past few years. Cultural agencies of the government have realized how essential it is for a healthy society to support and stimulate high-quality design at home, and this realization resulted in the foundation of the Design Centrum CzeczTrade, whose purpose is, along with the popularization of Czech design among international peers, to establish professional relationships and, thus, enrich Czech design culture. We are glad to announce that for the first time in the history of S/ALON BUDAPEST, we are welcoming a guest nation at the event in 2021: a stunning interior designed by Iva Bastlová will host the works of 14 outstanding Czech designers and manufacturers. Read on and find out more about our guests at this year’s S/ALON BUDAPEST!
A new Czech brand founded by Lenka Kerlicka aims to create things of beauty to bring people joy and brighten up their lives. 27ASCENT is introducing its first collection of unique aroma lamps at S/ALON BUDAPEST. AITHÉR lamps represent the strengths of fire, the subtleties of scent, the fragility of glass, and the ductility of metal, created in collaboration with a Czech designer Eliška Monsportová and a team of skilful artisans.
Artisème is a creative design platform curating the best of artisan homeware made for daily use. Constantly searching for infinitely beautiful items, Artisème turned its attention to creating unique objects following the imagination and talent of its creators.
The brand is devoted to supporting the work of passionate artists and designers who often spend long hours perfecting their approaches while paying homage to traditional craftsmanship.
Hanuš Lamr represents the best of Czech jewelry design.
His main passion and inspiration throughout his career has always been Nature.
For his work, his usual choice of materials are silver, gold, gemstones and synthetic pigmented resin. These materials offer a sort of freedom that can seldom be found elsewhere, and inspire Hanuš to try and use them in the most diverse ways possible. His collections are a proof of this notion, and general audiences will have a chance to explore them at S/ALON BUDAPEST 2021, namely: Crassulaceae, Fructus, Pisum, Coniferum, Folklor and Sacré Couer.
ISOTRA was founded in 1992 in Bolatice by Erich Stavař and Bohumír Blachut. ISOTRA vowed to continuously research and develop new, state-of-the-art shading technologies and fully explore their impact on household energy use. These applied technologies, patents, research and development resulted in ISOTRA growing to be one of the most important manufacturers of the segment not only in the Czech Republic, but on the international scene as well.
Iva, president of the Insitute of Czech Interior Designers, has been working as an interior designer for 20 years.
Her expertise in private and business projects was an important source of inspiration in Iva’s design concept for the stunning and rich interior of Design Centrum CzechTrade.
Iva also designs furniture, wallpapers, accessories and a number of decorational objects and items. Her speciality is digital print, utilized with help from a diverse range of materials.
The Kubák weaving mill in Strmilov is built on a 150-year-old Czech tradition. The mill produces design home fabrics, such as blankets, tablecloths, napkins and serviettes, as well as a wide assortment of home accessories. The mill utilizes 100% natural materials, including wool, cotton and flex. Besides the quality of materials, the uniqueness of products is ensured by precise craftsmanship, an original, renewed weaving loom, family tradition and professional experience that goes back a long way.
LEXOVÁ & SMETANA
Lexová & Smetana design studio represents the work of designers Terezie and Štěpán. The two young and talented artists are fond of custom-made items, exciting interiors, sets and smaller architectural units, as well as good coffee. They garnered the attention of the international design world with their unique Mirror Stage concept, a product that was a winner at a number of design award shows in the past three years.
Lightway aims to light up dark rooms in our homes with the help of natural light tunnels in interiors, leading the lights of everyday sky into the homes of customers without the need for electricity. Thanks to Lightway’s solutions, eye fatigue and related symptoms resulting from the constant barrage of electric and artificial light sources is greatly reduced, helping clients to live a joyful and relaxing life surrounded by natural sunlight.
The ZED collection of Czech manufacturer LUCIS is a unity of clean design, elegance and minimalism. Based on the concept of designer Daria Podboj, these lights are a combination of cable-attached decent spheres and an asymmetric, steel design. ZED was inspired by Nature itself: the lamp’s branching shape symbolizes the parting of a common source. According to Podboj, ZED is a light source that is stunning, yet demands very little from both designer and user.
Mayer CZ was founded in 1996 as a subsidiary of German Mayer Sitzmöbel. Ever since its inception, the brand has manufactured Mayer office chairs and armchairs for those who wouldn’t want to give up on durability and long-term comfort in exchange of sleek design. The brand’s product range has expanded on its own throughout the years, but most of its collections are still part of the German MAYER brand.
Founded in 2016, Pucolano manufactures handmade concrete design objects. The brand intends to breathe a line of atypical collections to life, all of which were designed to fulfill the diverse needs of clients. Thanks to unrivaled characteristics of concrete, all products end up being truly unique.
Pucolano believes that - as opposed to other materials - concrete makes it possible for designers to experiment and be bold.
We all love silence and tranquility in our workspace. In modern workplaces, it is essential to provide workers with a chance to retreat from the busy open offices to a calm and private corner - SilentLab was founded to ensure all that. In its factories in the Czech Republic, SilentLab works hard to create state-of-the-art wall and ceiling sound insulation solutions, as well as soundproof cushions, armchairs, and even up to 9-person mobile offices. These products guarantee a peaceful and productive work environment.
ŠKODA, whose beginnings can be traced back to more than 130 years ago, is the internationally renowned culmination of Czech design and technological expertise. ENYAQ iV. is the first model from ŠKODA that was designed from the get-go as an electric automobile. Beyond the innovative and stunning visual aesthetics of the car, users are welcomed by a passenger area that is based on a novel design concept, offering five different varieties of a lifestyle inspired interior.
TEREZA ROSALIE KLADOSOVA
Tereza Rosalie Kladosova is a Czech-based fashion designer, artist and an Academy of Art, Architecture and Design graduate in Prague. In 2019, she received a prize for the Best Designer and Best Fashion designer of 2018 at the Czech Grand Design Awards. Tereza’s design DNA is her humor, passion for visual storytelling, playful colour palettes and craftsmanship in developing unique prints and patterns.
Czech TESLA lighting is renowned around the world as one of the most important manufacturers of light bulbs and lighting solutions for the residential and business segment alike. TESLA lighting invests a great deal of its resources in innovation and quality:
each of the brand’s products go through a rigorous quality control process, so that clients and customers are ensured of premium quality.
If you are eager to explore the design culture of our not-too-distant neighbours, as well as the works of talented Czech designers and exciting brands, make sure to visit S/ALON BUDAPEST! Buy your ticket online and meet key players of modern interior design between September 24-26. at the Budapest Arena!