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.
















During our visit of Sofia, we visited monumental National Palace of Culture built in 1981 for celebration of Bulgaria's 1300th anniversary.

The National Palace of Culture is the largest multifunctional conference and exhibition centre in south-eastern Europe. Brutalist octagonal structure designed by team of architects led by Alexander Georgiev Barov, hides exceptional interiors with custom-made furniture, lighting and artworks.







We have always followed work of Lausanne-based BIG-GAME studio, which is our very own favorite of elegant poetic, yet functional design movement of the last years. Today, Elric Petit, Augustin Scott de Martinville and Grégoire Jeanmonod share with us some images from the production of their new table lamp created for Passionswege Project during Vienna Design Week two months ago.

BIG-GAME collaborated with the Vienna-based silversmith Wiener Silber Manufactur, historical company founded in 1882 and collaborating with no one smaller than Josef Hoffmann, Otto Prutscher or Oswald Haerdtl. The result will is extraordinary lamp based on craft as well as technology.

"The HAMMER lamp combines up-to-date lighting technology and traditional craftsmanship," says BIG-GAME. High-tech meets precision craft in the design. Aluminum body with the LED technology is fitted with the reflector made from a hand-hammered sheet of solid silver.

Photos: Courtesy of BIG-GAME














The curatorial installation presents one of the less known modernist masterpieces of the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa. Casa Tabarelli was designed by Scarpa for the Tabarelli family in the late 1960s and became an architecture treasure, full of art and design gems. The OKOLO team has visited the house in 2011 and made pictures, videos and other documentation of the space. Now, OKOLO presents the house through an artistic installation offering a visual journey around the house, its furnishings, legends and life and work of its owners. The exhibition Casa Tabarelli Re-interpreted was created for the Sklada furniture showroom and gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria.


Concept: OKOLO

Graphic design: Matěj Činčera, Jan Kloss

Texts: Adam Štěch

English proof reading: Zuzana Těťálová

Production: Sklada

Installation: OKOLO, Eia Nedkov

Print: Signpek

Thanks: Antonello Tabarelli de Fatis


This stylized Viking ship was designed and made by Vienna-based Werkstätte Hagenauer during the 1950s. Precise craft meets delicate materials as brass, copper and walnut.

Photo Courtesy of Auctionata