The Story of Czech Design – 30 Years of New Identity

The Story of Czech Design – 30 Years of New Identity

The Czech Centre London is showcasing the best of contemporary Czech design this summer, taking you on a journey through the incredible artistic innovation of the last three decades. Open weekdays until 22nd September, and with free entrance, this playful exhibition is well worth a visit!

Czech design has changed dramatically over the last 30 years: during the transformation period of the Czech Republic in the early 1990s, several designers returned from emigration and set up new design studios, forcing older studios either to close or to reinvent their work dramatically. This exhibition leads you along this journey of recent years, from the 1989 Velvet Revolution through to daring new pieces by emerging young designers. Admire the creative, often humorous designs of everyday objects made from traditional porcelain, wood and Bohemian glass, and see modern designers fusing traditional methods with contemporary trends from America and Europe to create arresting new styles.

Design now plays a crucial part in the Czech Republic’s national economy and identity, with many of the younger generation choosing to study or spend their leisure time delving into design. This exhibition showcases some of the best known Czech designers, including Maxim Velčovský and his Little Joseph candle holder, and Rony Plesl, who will exhibit at the V&A later this year as part of the London Design Festival; and also features some of the most typically Czech designs, such as TON chairs – a cornerstone of Czech cultural heritage and national identity.

Located just a mile away from the Mercure Kensington, it’s the perfect exhibit to pop into if you find yourself with a couple of hours spare whilst staying with us!

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