After Q&A: BIG-GAME curated by David Glaettli in Tokyo, it is now the turn of Q&A: BIG-GAME curated by Okolo in Prague!

In this exhibition, BIG-GAME presents a retrospective selection of 10 products designed over the past 10 years. In addition, every of these products designed by BIG-GAME is paired with one item found in Czech Republic, selected by Okolo. These 10 finds represent Czech counterparts to BIG-GAME’s products, that relate to them, explain and contextualize them in unexpected ways.

By this means, the exhibits form a cross-cultural, intuitive “dialog between things” that gives a playful insight in BIG-GAME’s way of thinking and working - rooted and inspired by the things that surround all of us in everyday life and ultimately show the universality of functional, playful design.



American designer Mitchell Bobrick designed several sculptural lamps during the 1940s and 1950s. His lighting pieces, made from steel wires, ceramic and fiberglass and resembling kinetic compositions, are rare examples of small functional artworks.

Images courtesy of Wright


Fulvio and Napoleone Ferrari invite you for their latest show on Casa Mollino in Paris.





We just returned from our amazing trip to New York where we also captured this modernist skyscraper of the United Nations Headquarters.

Completed in 1952, the building is the seminal masterpiece of international post-war modernism. The original design, oversaw by American architects Wallace K. Harrison and Max Abramowitz, was the symbiosis of two submitted projects by Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer. Their different ideas finally met in the three buildings scheme with the tall tower of secretariat (pictured), low horizontal block with housing and the other meeting rooms and General Assembly Hall building.

MAM







Our friend Martin Žampach shares some images he did at Museum of Modern Art (MAM) in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Designed by Brazilian modernist Affonso Eduardo Reidy (1909 - 1964) in 1955, the expressive building is the finest example of Brazilian tropical organic modern of the half of the last century. The glazed facade of the main elevated volume has dramatic cadence of external pillar elements, connected by longitudinal beams, providing a galley level free of internal columns or structural walls.

The landscape design of the park around is the work of landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx.

 A.L.F.A. 40/60 HP Aerodinamica, 1914 x Antonio Sant'Elia and his futurist architecture visions, 1914
A.L.F.A. 40/60 HP Aerodinamica, 1914 x Antonio Sant'Elia and his futurist architecture visions, 1914
Schlörwagen, 1939 x Hans Scharoun, Schminke house, 1933
Schlörwagen, 1939 x Hans Scharoun, Schminke house, 1933
Tasco, 1948 x Edward Durell Stone, MAD, New York, 1958
Tasco, 1948 x Edward Durell Stone, MAD, New York, 1958
Ghia Gilda Streamline X Coupé, 1955 x Enzo Venturelli, Church design, c. 1955
Ghia Gilda Streamline X Coupé, 1955 x Enzo Venturelli, Church design, c. 1955
Dodge Deora, 1967 x John Lautner, Chemosphere, 1960
Dodge Deora, 1967 x John Lautner, Chemosphere, 1960
Citroen Karin, 1980 x I. M. Pei, Louvre pyramide, 1989
Citroen Karin, 1980 x I. M. Pei, Louvre pyramide, 1989

This series of illustrations presents selected history of the experimental car concepts from the early 20th century to the 1980s in context of the period modern architecture. The editorial was created for Prague-based Proč Ne?! lifestyle magazine.

Illustrations Courtesy of Okolo and Proč Ne?!









Some years ago we have visited Swiss Pavilion designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret at Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris.

Built between 1930 and 1931, the pavilion used for accommodation of Swiss students represents the finest from Le Corbusiers's interwar architectural period. The structure summarizes Corbusier's key ideas from the 1920s including pilotis, open facade, lines of windows or roof gardens.

Until today you can find original furniture or murals by Le Corbusier inside.

Carlo Mollino, Bed from Casa del Sole in Cervinia, 1955
Carlo Mollino, Bed from Casa del Sole in Cervinia, 1955
Carlo Mollino, Unique bed from Casa Minola, Turin, 1944
Carlo Mollino, Unique bed from Casa Minola, Turin, 1944
Giovanni Ferrabini, Bed, 1950s
Giovanni Ferrabini, Bed, 1950s
Carlo Mollino, Bed from the Casa Minola, Turin, 1944
Carlo Mollino, Bed from the Casa Minola, Turin, 1944
Gio Ponti, Daybed from the Apta series for Walter Ponti, 1970
Gio Ponti, Daybed from the Apta series for Walter Ponti, 1970
Luigi Caccia Dominioni, L5 Panchina Bed for Azucena, 1960
Luigi Caccia Dominioni, L5 Panchina Bed for Azucena, 1960
Osvaldo Borsani and Arnaldo Pomodoro, Bed for Tecno, 1960
Osvaldo Borsani and Arnaldo Pomodoro, Bed for Tecno, 1960
Osvaldo Borsani and Arnaldo Pomodoro, Bed for Tecno, 1960
Osvaldo Borsani and Arnaldo Pomodoro, Bed for Tecno, 1960
Carlo de Carli, Bed for Sormani, 1961
Carlo de Carli, Bed for Sormani, 1961
Achille Castiglioni, Camillo beds for Gavina, 1946/1960
Achille Castiglioni, Camillo beds for Gavina, 1946/1960
Gio Ponti, Bed from The Royal Hotel, Naples, 1948
Gio Ponti, Bed from The Royal Hotel, Naples, 1948
Osvaldo Borsani, Bed, 1942
Osvaldo Borsani, Bed, 1942
18th century iron bed used by Pierro Fornasetti to furnish his own villa in Varenna near Lake Como during the 1950s.
18th century iron bed used by Pierro Fornasetti to furnish his own villa in Varenna near Lake Como during the 1950s.
Tobia Scarpa, Vanessa beds for Gavina, 1961
Tobia Scarpa, Vanessa beds for Gavina, 1961
Ico and Luisa Parisi, Bed, 1954
Ico and Luisa Parisi, Bed, 1954

We put together selection of several Italian modernist beds.

Jean Boris Lacroix, Dog lamp for Disderot, 1950s
Jean Boris Lacroix, Dog lamp for Disderot, 1950s
Mia Hamborg, Shuffle table for &tradition, 2009
Mia Hamborg, Shuffle table for &tradition, 2009
Fulvio Ferrari, Lamp for Solka B, 1969
Fulvio Ferrari, Lamp for Solka B, 1969
Daniel Weil, Hinge clock, 1984
Daniel Weil, Hinge clock, 1984
Kazumasa Yamashita, Face house, Kyoto, 1974
Kazumasa Yamashita, Face house, Kyoto, 1974
Pierre Cardin and Ambrogio Pozzi, Cone service set for Ceramica Franco Pozzi, 1970s
Pierre Cardin and Ambrogio Pozzi, Cone service set for Ceramica Franco Pozzi, 1970s
Raw Edges, Stack shelving system for Established & Sons, 2008
Raw Edges, Stack shelving system for Established & Sons, 2008
Emillio Ambasz, Cover of the New Domestic Landscape exhibition catalogue, 1972
Emillio Ambasz, Cover of the New Domestic Landscape exhibition catalogue, 1972
Bruno Munari, Abitacolo bed for Rexite, 1979
Bruno Munari, Abitacolo bed for Rexite, 1979

Earlier this year we were asked by Designblok in Prague to create an illustrated editorial capturing some unique examples from the history of design under the theme of "play".

We choose several various objects from the 20th century design and architecture which highlight with the playful forms, humor or children naivety and illustrated them in the same playful and colorful graphic spirit.

Illustrations Courtesy of Okolo and Designblok




Our pop-up bar installation at designSUPERMARKET festival held in Prague between 11 - 14 December 2014. Thanks for coming.