Designblok 2014

Designblok in Prague features a wealth of contemporary design (pictured is the award-winning fashion design by Renata Dračková).

Now in its sixteenth year, the Prague Design and Fashion Week – aka Designblok – takes over the city from 7 to 12 October. Every edition has a central theme which permeates the entire event – this year, childhood – which opened to the public yesterday.

A full programme includes presentations of Czech and international designers from new and established design studios, covering the entire spectrum of contemporary design (product, fashion, jewellery, graphic and interior design), plus exhibitions by college studios, including the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (AAAD). The Designblok Talent Card competitions once again ensure that home-grown talent in two categories of – product and fashion design – get to exhibit during the week. The 2014 winners are all graduates from AAAD and include fashion designers Renata Dračková and Lenka Vacková, and product designers Sebastian Kitzberger, Martina Hudečkováa and Barbora Přibylová. The latter is a graduate of the Furniture and Interior Design Studio led by Jiří Pelcl.

Barbora’s work and the programme appears in the new Masterclass: Interior Design book, which features AAAD as one of world’s leading graduate schools offering a master’s degree in interior design. 'The mission of the department is to provide a platform where talents can grow and develop. The school aims to be a melting pot of ideas, a place where opinions can clash, where it is possible to make mistakes on the way to perfection,' comments course leader Jiří Pelcl. 'Rather than being taught a specific methodology, students are confronted with a series of challenging projects and guided to eventually create their own method of problem solving. We strive to have graduates with an educated opinion but one that is their own.'

This AAAD programme certain produces some great design talent and previous Designblok award winner and course alumnus, Jan Plecháč, along with design partner Henry Wielgus will also exhibit at this year's event. Under the studio name of Jan and Henry they created a swing which certainly fits with the theme, bringing the nostalgia and airy lightness of childhood into interiors. A number of the duo's designs can be seen at the festival.

Prague Design and Fashion Week events will take place across the city from now until 12 October, with the Designblok Talent Card presentation located in the Openstudio U Minuty close to the Old Town Square.

Photos courtesy of Designblok.

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The work of AAAD alumni Barbora Přibylová, Jan Plecháč and Henry Wielgus appear in Masterclass: Interior Design, along with hundreds of other graduates from 30 of the leading design schools from across the globe. The book is currently available for pre-order with a 20% discount on the retail price. For more information and to order your copy, click here.

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