Dechem for Kavalier: Laboratory Lights

The Czech companies join forces and use technical glass parts to create decorative lighting

Founded in 1837, Szava-based Kavalier specializes in producing laboratory and technical glassware made from SIMAXa heat-resistant glass patented by the company in 1958. With the increasing of popularity of consumer design in Czech Republic, the company tapped Michaela Tomikov and Jakub Janourek of young, award-winning Prague-based glass design studio Dechem for a lighting collection distributed under the new label, Kavalier Design. “Four years ago I …

Studio Visit: Milan Pekař

The Czech porcelain artist explains how his simple vessels show off the unique qualities of his custom made glazes

Czech designer Milan Pekař has created beautiful objects for many years, working with a humorist style, designing porcelain ship-shaped lamps and vases that look like mini factories. Three years ago, he became an assistant of the porcelain studio at Prague Academy of Arts and Design, led by fellow Czech designer Maxim Velčovský. But Pekař also works on various personal projects—always experimenting with and exploring his …

Czech-Designed Master & Master Furniture

Minimal, practical pieces that don't sacrifice aesthetics for function

Prague-based furniture producer Master & Masterfounded in 2013 by graphic designer Ondej Zita and furniture-maker Ludk tejglcreates minimalist pieces that are thought up by young Czech designers. With a focus on long-lasting materials and function, each piece is made to be practical without sacrificing aesthetics. “After my study of graphic design at UMPRUM in Prague I was not really satisfied with the jobs and problems …