The secret behind the glass curtain

Nový Bor, 13–15 June 2014

Persons

Blanka Matragi

Blanka Matragi

She trained as a glass cutter in Světlá nad Sázavou, working with her father, who worked for a long time as a supervisor in glass factories and also taught. Then she graduated from the Secondary Glasswork Industrial Arts School in Železný Brod. Blanka Matragi also graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague with a major in clothing design. She is now a world famous fashion designer. She got married and moved to Lebanon, where she founded the Blanka Haute Couture salon in Beirut and still today designs clothing for the wealthiest women on the planet.

Bořek Šípek

Bořek Šípek

He exhibits his works in cities ranging from New York to Paris, Seoul and Tokyo. Creative artist and designer Bořek Šípek can boast of numerous foreign titles from architecture and philosophy. He studied in the German cities of Hamburg and Stuttgart and in the Dutch city of Delft. After his studies, he was appointed as the official architect for Prague Castle. Bořek Šípek emigrated to Germany at age 19. He first made his living as a carpenter. Over time, he became a world famous artist. He celebrated his first success with his glass house in Hamburg, which he built for his sister. He won the German prize for architecture for it in 1984. It was followed by the Dutch Museum of Modern Art, the Prague Boutique and the Ginza shopping centre in Tokyo. He is involved in designing furniture, glass, porcelain and vases. He has been highly successful in Italy. He founded an art studio in Prague and his own glass factory in Nový Bor.

David Vávra

David Vávra

As an architect, he focuses mainly on restoration of buildings, and to a lesser extent on proposing designs for new buildings, namely residential ones. His works have a feel of inspiration from the periods of modern lines of architecture from the early 20th century. For example, his cubist elements in the lighting at the entrance foyer in Švandovo Theatre and the interior of the bar at the Dobeška cultural centre were non-forcefully and harmoniously designed in discreet retro style. Some of his projects include: The Karlštejn Wax Museum, Švandovo Theatre in Prague (reconstruction, interior), the Drahomíra Cinema in Karlovy Vary (reconstruction, interior), Palace Akropolis (cooperation with František Skála), and the theatrical stage, playgrounds and wooden arch at the children's area of Prague Zoo.

GASTARBEITER ─ Lars Kemper & Peter Olah

GASTARBEITER ─ Lars Kemper & Peter Olah

The pair of authors Lars Kemper (Germany) and Peter Olah (Slovakia) share a similar passion for modern art and design. Both designers work outside of their own countries, and geographically their cooperation functions perfectly. They meet between their native countries in the heart of Europe, in the Czech Republic. Therefore, with a grin they describe their cooperation arrangement as "GASTARBEITER". This mix of three countries has a major impact on their creation when seeking and combining modern technology with traditional crafts, the combination of which provides innovative aesthetics. They combine traditional materials and interpretation methods with a refreshing and modern style. They are shifting the boundaries of design and production and insist that quality will always remain the most important thing.

Liběna Rochová

Liběna Rochová

The range of creative activities of clothing designer Liběna Rochová is very broad. She has been involved for several years in the Czech scene, which she very often represents abroad (at exhibits and shows in Vienna, Paris, Lyon, New York, Düsseldorf and Los Angeles). She cooperates with an association of Austrian lace makers, for whom she designs inspiring models. Her works are present in the Museé des Tissus collection in Lyon, at the Museum of Industrial Art in Prague and at the Moravian Museum in Brno. In 1992 she earned the Designer of the Season title at the Style Brno trade fair, and in 1995 the Design Centre of the Czech Republic presented a prize to her for Excellent Design. She devotes her time to talented young people and leads courses in creative clothing design at JAMU and FAVU.

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