CraftDesign by OKOLO

Work by Czech designers including Maxim Velčovský will be displayed alongside tools used to make the pieces at an exhibition in Prague next week, curated by Czech collective OKOLO.

Top: Tamsin van Essen Above: Trash Made, Anna Kozová

Called CraftDesign, the exhibition will be held at Design Supermarket festival from 10 to 12 December.

Above: Antonín Hepnar

The show will then move to design store Dox by Qubus in the Dox Centre for contemporary art, Prague.

Above: Klára Šumová

Photos are by Petr Karšulín.

Above: Martin Prokeš (Nakahanu)

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The accompanying exposition CraftDesign maps contemporary trends in an approximation of experimental design and traditional crafts. This is the essential thought driving the creative processes behind the works made in small and limited series or as one single original piece.

Above: Daniel Pošta

This pushes the works even further from the traditional understanding of industrial design. This sort of “craft approach” rises from the need of the authors to be as close as possible to the realization of their visions and ideas, forcing them to become craftsmen or work closely with craftsmen when manufacturing every one of their pieces.

Above: AAKK Forever

This moves the manufacturing process from factories to designers; ateliers, making the final product much more authentic and emotionally charged. The tools used by the designers to materialize their visions and ideas become an important, delicate and personal link between the idea and the actual finished work.

Above: Maxim Velčovský

This exposition presents several works of young and mature Czech authors shown alongside the tools used to make their individual objects. The displayed tools are not the actual tools used by the designers; they provide a conceptual link allowing us to imagine how the objects were made.

Above: Kateřina Matěchová

CraftDesign shows not only trends in contemporary design, but also a selection of factory-produced quality tools used by the authors to materialize their ideas and visions. It also encourages an exchange of ideas between industrial production and crafts.

Above: Maestrokatastrof

Authors: AAKK Forever, Jakub Berdych, Jan Činčera, Tamsin van Essen, Antonín Hepnar, Petr Kavan, Maestrokatastrof, Kateřina Matěchová, Papelote, Daniel Pošta, Martin Prokeš (Nakahanu), Rozbíjím se, Klára Šumová, Trash Made (Anna Kozová), Maxim Velčovský

Curator: Adam Štěch (OKOLO)