September 2017, Brompton Design District, London, GB
4 Cromwell Place, SW7 2JN
With thanks to: Jane Whithers, Tereza Porybná
Designblok Prague: Anothere White Story
Every year Designblok supports innovative designers from all over Europe. We have prepared a small sample of what Designblok has to offer for this year’s London Design Festival. The story of contemporary Czech porcelain is told through five renowned Czech designers, who have become so enthralled with this white material that it has become their main medium of expression. Five varying approaches to porcelain as a material, decorative work and the use of technology. How far can we go with this traditional production material? The interplay between glazes, shards, technical porcelain, painting and salt spraying on classically spun forms. Tradition v. innovation.
Milan Pekař and Mi-Won McGee
Petr Hák and Markéta Držmíšková Háková
Klára Šumová and Michal Bačák
Roman Šedina / Ceramic technology is a challenging task; you won’t create anything the first time round. You only learn what it’s about and start to understand it over time. Both of the techniques that I use – spinning and spraying – partially originate in routine small-scale production. Spinning is all about the incompleteness. The form comes to life in a way that is amazing. Sprayed porcelain makes the surface of the vessel more dramatic. Decorations produced using porcelain spraying is supplemented with salt sprays, which together create harmony and shift everyday utility items into the role of an object. Design consists of open forms as an open embrace, or a symbol of willingness to help, hospitality and openness.