St. Bartholomew’s Church by Maxim Velcovsky

St. Bartholomew’s Church by Maxim Velcovsky

Czech designer Maxim Velcovsky has redesigned the interior of a church in Eastern Bohemia, using customised design classics, rugs and chandeliers.


Working with designer Jakub Berdych under the Qubus Studio banner, the interior features Verner Panton chairs customised with a punched crucifix, Persian rugs and chandeliers of rough-cut crystal.

A statement from the designers follows:


“The latest creation of the Qubus Studio originated at the St. Bartholomew’s Church in the village of Chodovice, Eastern Bohemia. On this location, Jakub Berdych and Maxim Velcovsky have succeeded in making design an integral part of religion.


“Here at the St. Bartholomew’s Church you will surely notice that both designers have once again shown their typical flair for working with the context. Through integration and unexpected combination of intelligent elements, they have added a new dimension to the baroque interior.


“The central nave has been stripped of dull repaints and left totally exposed so that visitors can watch the course of history on fragments and details on the wall.

"Illuminated by chandeliers adorned with pressed and roughly cut crystal, the bare space is dominated by an “army" of legendary chairs designed by Verner Panton with one crucial detail added – a Christian cross carved through the back of the chair.

“Although Berdych and Velcovský had known that as a result of this work they would lose the warranty of several years provided by the legendary manufacturer of the Vitra furniture, they were not afraid to experiment.

“The redesign and religiousness of this design icon is multiplied by its installation on dozens of Persian carpets, which are so typical for Muslim shrines. This space is an eclectic cocktail and a place to ponder, moving us towards cultural dialogue."