Antonín Hepnar

Communist-era woodturning from a master Czech craftsman

by Adam Štěch American artists like J. B. Blunk, Wendell Castle and Jack Rogers Hopkins are established heavyweights in the world of design and certainly represent the “haute couture” style of woodworking, but Czech master craftsman and turner Antonín Hepnar continues to work in relative anonymity behind the former Iron Curtain from his studio in the small village of Čakovičky near Prague. Working in the …

Adjust-a-Bowl

Catch-all bowls crafted from flexible cork fabric

Not just for wine stoppers and bulletin boards anymore, cork’s applications are practically limitless. Case in point, the Adjust-a-Bowl has a leather-like texture that’s perfect for organizing everything from veggies (it’s naturally anti-microbial and stain resistant) to magazines or keys. The material lends tactile appeal too; it’s warm, smooth to the touch and extremely pliable. Though hard to believe, the handmade containers get this ideal …