At Designblok, High Design Comes to Prague

New York Times

What used to be limited to fashion and interior decoration, now encompasses everything from cars to cuisine. High design is everywhere, and in Prague it’s celebrated annually at Designblok, running this year from Oct. 4 to 9. Over the course of the weeklong festival, manufacturers, retailers, studios and designers come together to show off their latest and greatest creations.

Boutiques across Prague will host special events, but the most intense action will happen at two “superstudios.” The first, in Sporkovsky palace (Sokolovska 136), will concentrate on fashion and jewelry designers; the second, called Futurama (Hybernska 5), will include Czech producers and designers; a “Young and Fresh” student section; and the Design Market, which offers items for sale.

The theme this year is “The City,” and organizers have taken an urban focus by emphasizing aspects of contemporary design like sustainable development and ecology. Larisa Blichova, Designblok’s public relations manager, said Czechs are interested in how things are produced using “bio” products and recycled materials.

“Fashion has always been a part of Designblok but this year it has its own program with presentations and fashion shows by Czech designers plus Czech and international fashion brands,” Ms. Blichova said.

She added that foreign guests make up an important part of the program; this year there will be a lecture by the London-based designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, who will also be introducing their new chair for Vitra, Tip Ton (above).

Tickets for Designblok can be purchased in either of the “superstudios.”