Prague’s Mesmerizing Signal Festival, 2018

Exploring the annual celebration of light art and emerging technologies

Prague abounds with historic quaintness. Hotel lobbies are traditionally opulent and grand, established restaurants serve time-honored food paired with Czech dumplings and beer, streets bear the names of residents from times gone by, and the magnificent Prague Castle above the city speaks of the royalty that once presided over the country. It is with this classic backdrop as a canvas that Prague hosts something intriguing and …

NARKi Furniture

Modern wood and steel pieces covered with classical-style paintings in this collaboration between fine artist and product designer

Wooden and steel furniture with baroque­-inspired paintings upon their surface is the latest project by Prague’s UMPRUM product design graduate Roman Kvita and Academy of Fine Arts painting student Dominik Běhal. The two friends fused their different skills to create these unconventional objects for the collection—called NARKi—and blend historical and traditional styles like baroque, rococo and classicism with modern forms. “Distinctive decoration of furniture had—apart …

Folk Majolica Bowls by Michal Bačák

Ceramic works of art by the Czech Artist

Czech illustrator Michal Bačák conceived a cross-cultural, fantastical mythology in his new collection of majolica bowls for Prague’s Křehký gallery. Launching at the Křehký Mikulov design festival this year, the collection is another collaboration between the artist and the gallery, which is known for producing items with local (and international) designers. Bačák graduated in product design at Prague Academy of Art and Design in 2010, …