Exhibited inside beautiful modernist industrial building in the historical industrial complex, built by Lydie Gahura for Tomáš Baťa's shoe factory during the 1930s, the exhibition explores the role of money in design. Addition to their financial value, there are also social, historical and symbolical contexts around. Exhibition Money: Form, Function, Investment, Savings, Value, Inspiration, conceived by creative collective of OKOLO, investigates its relationship to the design and architecture and on the background of the above-mentioned phenomenas explores the role of money in design and vice versa in an original way. Individual exhibition sections constitute a comprehensive topics, which pervades the world of money and creative work from many different angles. Next to the forms of money and their graphic design, the exhibition explores the phenomenon of the value of money in the design environment, alternative payment methods and various forms of saving, spending, protection money, their evaluation and investment.

The exhibition is build around 8 thematic sections presenting through real exhibits, illustrations, photographs, texts and symbolic installations 8 phenomenas on theme of money and design. The central motive of the whole exhibition is a genuine selection of various money boxes, piggy banks, safes, valets and other objects for holding and saving the money. The other sections include future of money and payment systems, architecture of bank institutions conceived as an installation of miniature paper architecture models, selection of most expensive design pieces in the history, pieces of design inspired by world of money or symbolic installation visualizing value of design made of 90 pieces of IKEA Lack tables as value equivalent of one single table designed by Arik Levy for Czech company Ton

We are inviting you to our Prague launch of our new European Design Stories book. See You!

We are inviting you to our collaborative project with Master & Master furniture company.

Creative collective of OKOLO bring unexpected view on Master & Master products with the curated series of objects inspired by some of the great designers, artists and architects of the past and present with whom production of Master & Master shares similar creative vision in design, production and business model. OKOLO creates a series of art objects integrated into the particular dimensions and places of Master & Master furniture to manifest the general ideas which Master & Master and OKOLO admire. The objects, inspired by work of Dieter Rams, Naoto Fukasawa, Joseph Eichler, Massimo Vigneli and Achille Castiglioni, work as a narrative layer to explain inspiration and philosophy of Master & Master production.

There are some photos from our latest exhibition project at our OKOLO/PP gallery in Prague. London-based Studio Swine presented five conceptual and performative design projects related to sea, land and space.

The documentation of projects, some prototypes, materials samples and more were exhibited within soft foam installation.

Last year, we have created an interactive exhibition dedicated to Czech illustrator Miroslav Šašek.

The traveling exhibition, commissioned by Miroslav Šašek Foundation, consists of several paper modules representing some of the Šašek's illustrations from his eponymous books he made during the 1950s to 1970s. His books for children are focused on famous cities, their architecture, people, nature, culture and traditions. Our modules represent several topics these topics and allow children and adults to play with.

In December 2015 we have invited German designer Sebastian Herkner to our gallery to show three of his projects he did in Colombia, Germany and Zimbabwe.

The installation inspired by tropical atmosphere and vegetation presented baskets from Zimbabwe, home collection of Ames made in Colombia and Falda vase for Rosenthal. The exhibition surveys different approaches to local crafts and traditions.

We have commissioned Czech photographer Hynek Alt to create these photos of glass objects within the historical environment of the Pillnitz Palace for the catalogue of Manifesto exhibition presenting students of Glass Studio of UMPRUM at Kunstgewerbemuseum in Pillnitz.

We came to Kunstgewerbemuseum in Pillnitz again. This time with the Manifesto exhibition presenting work of students from The Studio of Glass at UMPRUM in Prague.

The Studio of Glass at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (UMPRUM), led by the head of the studio, Rony Plesl and assistant professor Klára Horáčková, is summarising its recent creative results and presenting a selection of the work of its students and graduates as a sample of what glass in its varied forms, functions and meanings can be today.

The exhibition at Kunstgewerbemuseum in Pillnitz demonstrates an open artistic approach based on creative thinking, which the Studio of Glass has formulated in cooperation with the Okolo creative group in a publication of the same name. The objects are presented next to a few ideas and general mottos on glass conceived by Rony Plesl, requesting interdisciplinary collaboration and wide-ranging artistic knowledge. The exhibition concept opens new horizons and jointly presents the liberal environment of the studio, which seeks various creative and theoretical ways of understanding glass, its essence, manufacturing and design.

During four days in December we hosted the very first public presentation of the European Design Stories project. The exhibition 1. Work in Progress was held within the international festival of contemporary design in Prague – designSUPERMARKET.

In 2015, the team of European Design Stories crossed several European countries and visited workshops and studios of more than 25 designers. We travelled to Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia and Germany to offer you a sneak-peek behind the scenes of many successful products and projects.

We weren’t stopped by crooked roads, nor temperature records that were broken this summer in Europe. We have been bringing loads of material and insights that are currently being shaped into texts, interviews, photography essays and short films.

Through a multimedia mosaic, the exhibition 1. Work in Progress shows the backstage of our project and subjects that are being developed. Design is presented here not only as the finished products, but the powerful stories, knowledge and context behind them.

Exhibition concept: OKOLO
Exhibtion design: Jan Kloss, Matěj Činčera
Exhibition contributors: Matěj Činčera, Jan Kloss, Adam Štěch, Tomáš Souček, Jan Rybák, Darina Zavadilová
Archives of OKOLO and presented designers

December 10 – 13, 2015
Kafkův dům
Nám. Franze Kafky 3, Prague 1
Czech Republic

We are inviting you to see our first exhibition dedicated to European Design Stories project which will be held at designSUPERMARKET festival in December in Prague.

The show will present our documentation from the previous months when we went to Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Slovenia.

There is a selection of installation photos of our latest show dedicated to work of Lex Pott.

Dutch designer Lex Pott experiments with the materials and their distinctive characteristics. His design of furniture and interior accessories reveals the unusual manufacturing processes, hidden beauty of used materials, their natural brutality and tactile character.

OKOLO/Pedal Project Studio presents a modest selection of a small simple objects that were created as the real results of Pott's previous experiments. In the form of small racks, shelves, scissors, vases, designer applies knowledge from his previous monumental and conceptually-based projects, based on the unusual materials and their manufacturing processes. They recently gave designer the way to the creation of practical everyday objects, manufacturing by real companies, including Hay, Wallpaper, Nomess or &Tradition.

We collaborated on Casa Luminosa exhibition for Dolce Vita magazine for Designblok 2015 in Prague.

Dolce Vita magazine returns to the heyday of the Italian design and presents Casa Luminosa installation. Inspired by interior experiments, back from the period of the 1960s to the 1980s, the installation documents to the radical conception of living environment, proposed by many influential designers and architects of that period. The phenomenon of radical design apartments, envisioned as art galleries, disco clubs or lighting installations for prominent intelectual elite, is represented by our very own Casa Luminosa. Composed of mirrored pavilion and furnished with the examples of Italian design, the installation pays homage to radical interiors concepts, mostly disappeared many years ago.

In collaboration with OKOLO, Brussels-based designer Maarten de Ceulaer presented his creative process and inspiration in the installation called Laboratory.

Models, sketches, drawings, objects of desire and inspiration, memories, catalogues and more symbolize the ingredients of de Ceulaer's creative thinking which is often based on the real natural and chemical phenomenas. Shown at the installation resembling real chemical laboratory, all the de Ceulaer's objects are presented within the context of laboratory glass made by Czech company Kavalier. The installation symbolically framed the exhibits as a rare elements of creativity. De Ceulaer showed creative background of six of his projects: Nomad Light Molecule, Transformations for Fendi, Mutation, Suitcase for Nilufar, Woof and Warp for Moroso, Grid.

Production: OKOLO, Scholastika

Support: Scholastika, Kavalier

We prepared an exhibition of young Czech design called GENERATION for ZLIN DESIGN WEEK.

Exhibited inside Zlin castle, the show presents work of more than 40 young designers and studios who have been very active on the Czech contemporary design scene in the last 10 years. The exhibition summarizing the creative influence of the youngest generation of designers is divided into 6 chapters including furniture design, glass, porcelain, lighting, product design and interior objects.

The whole installation was constructed from the series of Lack tables from Ikea.


20. – 24. April 2015
Zlín Castle, Soudní 1, Zlín

Nastassia Aleinikava, Michal Bačák, Ondřej Batoušek, Tomáš Bém, Lenka Damová, Deform, Dechem, Markéta Držmíšková, Adéla Fejtková, Daniel Gonzalez, Hidden Factory, Petr Hák, Eduard Herrmann, Matěj Chabera, Martin Jakobsen, Jan & Henry, Boris Klimek, Lucie Koldová, Yveta Kroupová, Zbyněk Krulich, Roman Kvita, Kristýna Malovaná, Anna Marešová,Kristýna Markvartová, Mikuláš Novotný, Milan Pekař, Jakub Petr, Tadeáš Podracký, Eva Růžičková, Klára Šumová, Tablo, Antonín Tomášek, Tyformy, Tobyšlo, Tomáš Varga, Veronika/Viktorie, Vjem, Vrtiška–Žák, Romana Vyhnánková, Dirk Wright, Dan Yeffet, Martin Žampach, Adam Železný

OKOLO (Adam Štěch)

Graphic design:
OKOLO (Jan Kloss, Matěj Činčera)


Team of students of UTB University

We are pleased to invite you to Generace/Generation exhibition we have prepared for ZLIN DESIN WEEK. It presents a curated showcase of young generation of Czech designers of all different areas and interests. More soon!

We are inviting you for the opening of Manifest show we have prepared for Glass Studio of Prague Academy of Arts and Design and Ziba glass museum.

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.

Production: Okolo, Scholastika

Created in collaboration with the GLASS Studio at the Prague Academy of Arts and Design and its head Rony Plesl, this publication presents fundamental ideas on creating and understanding glass presence and history.

Within the scope of the glass symposium which took place in the fall of 2014 in Jesenný, the GLASS Studio of UMPRUM in Prague presented its views on the creation of glass in the broader contexts and relationships of fine art, design, decoration, crafts, architecture, general knowledge, archetypal forms and various manners of work. Eight principles generally acknowledged by the atelier are illustrated through examples from the past and present of glass design and production. The result is not merely a simple guide demonstrating the creative vision and direction of the instructors and their students, but a resource and interpretation of historical facts comprising not only illustrations and texts of historically important works, but also interactive postcards which create special decorations. Individual pages can be inserted into the slots in the publication’s cover, creating unexpected spatial objects.

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.

 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?!

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.

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

We are inviting you to out latest exhibition project Casa Tabarelli Rediscovered held at Sklada space in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Casa Tabarelli Rediscovered is a curated installation looking at architecture, design and stories behind the less known residential work of Carlo Scarpa built close to Italian Bolzano. Okolo team documented the house during the personal visit three years ago and shares the result through the Casa Tabarelli Rediscovered project.

And with our last collection of Typefaces we finish the review of our OKOLO OFFLINE TWO exhibition in Dresden which runs only last week.

One of the main part of the visual style of the exhibition is also the use of several different typefaces selected from the present and the history of typography. Their original use on a specific parts of the exhibition creates a visually rich content, and also our last collection: Collection of type.

Used types:

Jan Novák
Used in Okolo Liguria magazine, 2012

Jan Novák
Used in Okolo Offline exhibition, 2014 

Paul Renner
Used in Okolo logo, 2009

Used in Okolo in Lausanne magazine, 2014

Stanley Morison
Used in Habitus exhibition, 2013

London Underground
Edward Johnston
Used in Okolo Next Step magazine, 2010

Times New Roman
Victor Lardent
Used on www.okoloweb.cz, 2009

Used in Okolo Mollino book, 2010

Swiss Typefaces
Used in Dupont Corian catalogue, 2013

Okolo mono
Jan Novák
Used in Vienna Only magazine, 2011

Used in Okolo Heineken Black Chic project, 2013

Schloss Pillnitz, Bergpalais
3 September - 2 November

Photos: OKOLO, Courtesy of Kunstgewerbemuseum

Our collections review goes slowly into the final. Now we have here collection of packaging.

Packaging is a product by itself. It suggests what is inside, it is an integral part of the product. It encloses and protects it. In collecting packaging is then often a precious relic, which only evaluate the actual artifact's value. Empty boxes from the various products foreshadow their presence and symbolize their intangible intellectual value without themselves.

Schloss Pillnitz, Bergpalais
3 September - 2 November

Photos: OKOLO, Courtesy of Kunstgewerbemuseum

Collecting does not mean only accumulation of material objects. For many, they are often very valuable experiences and memories of events that meant something to them particularly special. So we take our work too. Days in which we recognize the unique places, meet with exceptional personalities and experience wonderful moments with friends are as valuable as remarkable and admiring human creations for us.

Schloss Pillnitz, Bergpalais
3 September - 2 November

Photos: OKOLO, Courtesy of Kunstgewerbemuseum

Sixth collection is here.

We admire sports performance, its visual experience and the items that are intended for sports activity. Some of them are also included in this exhibition. This collection presents essentially unique sports accessories and equipment, which excels in durable design, innovative technology, perfect performance or original creative approach of their designers.

Exhibited sports equipment:

Climbing tool
Karel Matějka

Run Cloud Spriner Trainers
1980s / 2010 (redesign)
leather, textile, rubber

Alpe'd Huez cycling saddle
Dan Funderburgh for Brooks
Leather, steel

Krust cycling helmet
DeForm for Krust
Plastic, textile

Charley Harper Aviary skateboard deck

Raptor jacket

Schloss Pillnitz, Bergpalais
3 September - 2 November

Photos: OKOLO, Courtesy of Kunstgewerbemuseum

Another collection from Dresden is here. This time about ordinary and humble objects.

The famous architect Le Corbusier claimed that there are some products that in their forms and functions come so far, that there is not necessary to have any improvement on them. With a similar idea we have selected the following industrial or crafted products whose simple forms are timeless anytime.

Exhibited objects:

Toy house
Rudolf Gerbert
Keramische Werkstätte Johannes Reh, Kamenz Germany, 1925
Earthenware, engobed, relief decoration
Inv.Nr. 33885

Margarethe Hofmann
Germany, c. 1931
Wood, turned, lacquered
Inv.Nr. 36037

Bottle with screw cap
Carl Julius Adolph Böhmer
Germany, 19th century Pewter, cast
Inv.Nr. 39258

Lüder Baier
German Democratic Republic, 1954
Ebony, turned
Inv.Nr. 44793

Erich Hempel
German Democratic Republic, 1951
Pewter, cast
Inv.Nr. 39683

Classic bottle
Since 1908
Aluminum, plastic

Wayfarer sunglasses
Since 1956

Metal, wood, leather

Waiter knife
Since 1897
Steel, plastic

Mini AA flashlight
Since 1984

Here is another collection from our exhibition at Kunstgewerbemuseum in Dresden. This time collection of unique craft objects.

Unique objects out of daily life have always attracted collectors. In this collection we brought together the objects from the different periods and styles. In all of them, unique craft techniques meet notable materials or extraordinary and mannerist artistic language.

Exhibited objects:

Vase with blue glaze – Ao gusuri
Takuo Katô
Japan, 1970–1975
Stoneware, glazed
Inv.Nr. 43640

Animal sculpture of a baboon, “King Drill”
Fritz Hein
Federal Republic of Germany, c. 1970
Stoneware, modelled and painted
Inv.Nr. 47359

Theodor Arthur Winde
Germany, 1924
American red pine, brass
Inv.Nr. 33839

Fossil stone bowl
Jakub Berdych for Qubus

African Nude
Karl Hagenauer

Faceture candlestick
Phil Cuttance

Hadovka glass lamp

Schloss Pillnitz, Bergpalais
3 September - 2 November

Photos: OKOLO, Courtesy of Kunstgewerbemuseum

We continue with presentation of individual collection we show right now at Kunstgewerbemuseum in Dresden. This time collection of Opinions.

Important part of Okolo’s and Depot Basel’s work is a constant conversation with others. Within the discussion of what collecting means to us we asked individuals that move in the world of design, art, science or that are everyday to tell us their views and ideas on collecting things and keeping them for future generations.

Sugar wrappers
"When my mother-in-law passed away, she left me her stamp collection. I shouted with pleasure! My partner stashed it away in the bank vault. As a silent act of revenge, I started collecting empty sugar packets and stuck them in a professional stamp-collecting album. Collecting them was an unexpected pleasure, since you can pick them up for free in any coffee shop. In the end, this stamp album full of sugar packets became a gift for the library. The collecting mania remained. Today, the library is packed with sugar wrappers and I am a member of the Club des Glycophiles in Paris."

Moniek E. Bucquoye
born in the fifties in Brugge, Belgium, the Venice of the North, has world citizenship. She is mostly working as a writer and curator in the field of design and architecture. Criticism and happiness are her favored waste of time. She collects chip forks, orange wrappers, sugar packets and more.

Community of collections
“The nice thing about my job is that I get to assemble collections on an almost monthly basis. Each collection of objects (exhibition) becomes a component in an ever-expanding material research archive. I have created a community of collections. Bringing together objects, which share a common material, are motivated by a similar concern, or are produced in the same way, is always and forever brilliant. However, these physical collections only exist temporarily – as long as the exhibition is open – after then, they become part of another rich collection, my digital records. Which happily, prolongs my indulgence in collections and collecting.”

Héloïse Parke
*1985, London, UK, studied art history and curating, is curator of The Aram Gallery, London, fascinated by designs’ material alchemists and thinks that young designers should be encouraged

Why not collect?
“We do not have a permanent collection of its own and are not aiming to have one. By leaving the role of collecting to the museum we are able to create space to reflect and discuss current societal developments and speculate on possible scenarios for the future: will we only collect the materialized object? When thinking about changing concepts of authorship, ownership and intellectual property, the museum as a site of a model collection should be questioned, as well as the limits of what is collectable.”
Jan Boelen 
* 1967, Genk, Belgium, studied product design at the Media & Design Academy in Genk, is founder and artistic director of Z33 – house for contemporary art in Hasselt (BE), is a curator and critic of design, architecture and contemporary art

“As physical objects these rocks are made by man nor machine but by the unimaginable forces of nature over an extensive course of time. Our chance encounter imbues them with meaning, making them worth collecting.”

Bernadette Deddens
*1981, Ter Apel, Netherlands, co-founded Study O Portable and Workshop for Potential Design, is an Associate Lecturer at London College of Fashion, collects stones

Collecting in the future
“Collecting is an existential act. It doesn’t matter whether we collect beermats or travel memories. It is how, over time, we remain connected with the constant consolidation and development of the past, and for a
brief period forget the linear structure of time which leads us through our everyday lives. In 40 years time we will collect with greater discipline, and less as an intuitive, reflex action. Digital timelines and the accumulation of social media “likes” tell no stories, and that will make us nervous. For the narrative, rather than the additive, to regain its position as the central focus, an entire industry will stimulate us to collect.”

Stefan Pabst
*1982, Erlangen, studied philosophy and physics, works for the think-tank W.I.R.E. in Zurich, and writes about arts and crafts. He loves Iceland and sometimes the future.

“For me, collecting means surrounding myself with things, with books and images which are the expression or result of a particular way of thinking.”

Volker Albus
*1949, studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen, is a designer, exhibition organiser and commentator, professor of product design at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, and co-founder of the kkaarrlls university platform for the work of young designers.

“Adding a new piece to a collection is like a step towards an important goal in life.”

Konrad Weber
*1977 Aarau, Switzerland, studied geography and chemistry, works as a teacher in Basel, lives in Gelterkinden, creates speculative maps, collects dictionaries, countries and mountains, and shares these online on www.reliefs.ch.

Is Open Design collectable?
"I think that for a collector, an object becomes significant when it carries a good story. Many times it is about the values of uniqueness or rarity. Open Design tells a new story, replacing these traditional values with a vision about the opportunities of products in today's networked culture, with expressive design, and very easily produced by the designer.  From a collector's point of view, this just might make the object significant and be a good story to own."

Ronan Kadushin
*1964 Haifa, Israel, a designer and design educator living in Berlin, pioneering Open Design since 2004

Orange wrappers
"It all began with a visit to my greengrocer around the corner. He had just put out fresh stocks and was busy unpacking each individual orange from small paper wrappers. I picked up one from the heap of crumpled papers and smoothed it out. These wrappers are around 20 cm × 20 cm in size, made of very thin, semi-transparent paper, printed with special graphic designs. I crumpled it up again and slipped it into my pocket. Ever since then I have been driven by the sheer joy of unwrapping them, and a love for their fascinating, nostalgic and fairytale graphics and lettering, and with their silver, gold and neon prints from all over the world."

Kai Linke
*1980, Offenbach am Main, Germany, lives in Frankfurt; studied product design at the HfG Offenbach, is a designer, collects orange wrappers.

Material consumption
"I have been studying the basic objects that surround us in our daily lives. Comparing and analyzing different aspects of their histories, their forms of representation, the notion of place, and the way meaning is structured from them to us the user. How do these objects become markers of routine through material consumption? The accumulation of these objects is made visible through my attempt to find what represents my own notion of place. The outcome of such a process is a meaningful archive in which the physical space and thinking space remain the same." 

Carl Haase 
*1977, USA, holds a degree in Sculpture & Printmaking from the Maine College of Art. His publications were purchased by the MoMA / Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection. Promotes the further inquiry and critical thinking about our designed surroundings at the Jan van Eyck Academie, collects straws

“On what are we to live if we do not betimes collect?”

Heinrich von Kleist
*1777-1811, Frankfurt/ Oder, poet, dramatist, novelist and short-story writer. Reading the philosophy of Immanuel Kant destroyed his faith in the value of knowledge.

Model ships
“My grandfather, who served in the Imperial German Navy in Turkey during the First World War, first sparked my interest in the sea and shipping. As a 12 year old, I was given a present of five model ships by my parents, and these became the basis of my collection. Since the 1980s I have been meeting other model ship collectors to exchange ideas. My collection has developed over almost 60 years to around 1,500 metal models, to which unique paper models have been added more recently. These small models enable me to preserve a variety of representations of historical and contemporary maritime reality in my vitrines.”

Rudolf Damm
*1943, Ziegenhain, lives in Hagen, was, among other things, a teacher of German, history and religion, is the father of four children and an avid collector of 1:1250 scale model ships.

It seems the absurdity of it ‘never being enough' is irrevocable
"As a child, I collected beer bottles and postage stamps; later, as a student, it was books that I collected. Nowadays, as a visual artist, I voraciously buy up private collections including caps, porcelain cats, pencil sharpeners, spectacles and milk bottle tops! I spend hours on the Dutch digital marketplace ‘Marktplaats' and drive all over the Netherlands buying up collections that are often being sold as a last resort, for example in the event of financial difficulties, death, divorce or lack of space. I than neatly arrange them to create a cabinet of curiosities for my exhibitions."

Pet van de Luijtgaarden
*1975, is a visual artist and collector of collections who is fascinated by the absurdity of abundance when it comes to ‘stuff'. ‘Shops are getting larger and fuller, but what we need it all for?'

“For me, collecting and publishing footballer quotes means finding a smile, then giving it away.”

Stefan Linkewitz
*1966, Germany, web author, has been collecting footballer quotes since 1999, because football and jokes are part of everyday society, but humour is often simply lacking.

Fortune telling
"20 years ago I started to collect lead figures for fortune telling. Different aspects of this New Years Eve customs fascinate me. It's alchemy and traditional occultism in the form of a half industrial, commercial product for home use. Mostly the symbols are blister packed in a six-pack with a crappie tin spoon – combined with rather ugly graphic design. It's the variation of the same elements but each set is different. l like the casting tins and also the failed casts of this tiny objects. From an artistic view this are sculptures or reliefs, which should be transformed in an abstract object, which is interpreted supernatural."

Jo Zarth
*1971, born in Leipzig, lives in Leipzig, Germany, studied applied art in Schneeberg, is product designer and photographer, collects fortune-telling figurines 

Collection of everything
"Collecting is like a treasure hunt for me. Although I am rarely looking for something specific, beautiful or outstanding and mostly old objects grab my attention. I need to get them and once they're mine I often want to keep them forever. It's the curiosity to discover new things that always beat my rational mind that wants to get rid of stuff. Working as teacher and also creating film décors always makes me think that I could use almost everything again. And once there is a nostalgic thought towards the item too, it is a hopeless matter that is great for my collection of everything though!"

Rahel Roth
* 1984, Zürich, Switzerland, is a primary schoolteacher and artist, collects almost everything from patterns, lamps, old postcards and spices

"A Picture always leads to another Picture."

Sebastian Zimmerhackl
* 1981, Mainz, Germany is Internet Communication designer and initiator, is admin of nearly 100 Facebook groups, fascinated by images, collects information and shares it with others

To make past, present and future collectable
"Collecting is a method I use within my making. I collect the unwanted, the damaged and the unused. I buy what many people no longer value or consider as being collectable. They become the starting point, eventually released and transformed from their past and finally start a new journey. I create highly collectable objects from collecting the rejected and disregarded." 

David Clarke
* 1967, London, UK, studied Silversmithing at The Royal College of Art London, is a Maker and Visiting Senior Lecturer at Konstfack University College Of Art Craft and Design, loves everything to do with food.

Stamps & coins
"Both of my grandfathers owned a collection of stamps and coins. I took over. I just love the perfection of the execution and attention to the detail. They are designed to both perform (communicate) as well as feel beautiful. Old banknotes are a work of art, and so are some memorabilia coins. The world of stamp engraving is reserved to highly skilled craftsmen."

Tomáš Libertíny
*1979, Slovakia, lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is a designer, studied engineering, painting and conceptual design, is a perfectionist in all aspects of life 

“Collecting is essential for us to gain a sense of where we come from and where we are going. Collecting means taking on responsibility.”

Jana Scholze
*1969, Hoyerswerda, Germany, lives in London, curator of contemporary furniture at the Victoria and Albert Museum; interested in immaterials and the medium of exhibitions.

Paper bags
“As a child of the GDR, I have always had a particular view of packaging. Due to the lack of diversity, I used to examine every product closely and enjoy its details. I have always liked shopping in small, long-established, specialist shops, some apparently from a different era, whose fittings, products and staff radiate the charm of the past, and where you get your purchases in paper bags designed and printed decades earlier. The illustrations and typeface printed on these bags, and their format, paper, and much more, are so exciting that I just have to keep them.”

Amac Garbe
*1979, Dresden, lives in Dresden, since the millennium has travelled throughout Germany as a press and PR photographer for many newspapers, magazines, publishers, agencies, companies and institutions.

Why did you decide to collect historical bicycles?
"It didn't. The bicycles decided it for me. I spend my life in the saddle or in the workshop and it happened that I started to collect. I refurbish and restore bikes my all life long and I like to bring them back to life, on the road or in the collections of museums You only own the collection up to a certain amount and then the collection owns you. Some collectors become slaves of their property."

Robert  Štěrba 
*1961, Prague, is a former professional cyclist and owner of a cyclist brand, collecting means his life, it's connected with his work, his friends, his holidays, his family

“It is incredible how much the human race has already collected – and then scattered again. Collections are accumulated in museums as if they had always been there. Despite a widely held but foolish misconception, artefacts, natural objects and documentary evidence do not just gather dust there, but, with human assistance, continually enter into new relationships with each other. Thus, these objects, paintings, drawings and photographs do not tell only one story, but give rise to many, sometimes long-winded, stories, brief and pithy aphorisms, and occasionally drama and comedy. But for this to happen, we have to make them speak, for the dead tell no tales, and what has been collected can only be reawakened through constant re-examination. Those who are not asked do not tell. Collections are answers for which we must find the questions.”

Bernhard Maaz
*1961, Jena, lives mainly in Dresden, Director of the Kupferstich-Kabinett and the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, collects experiences of every hue and paradoxically, owns many more books than works of art.

“In collecting it’s not the things that are the most important, it’s the act of gathering that matters the most. Being a collector is a state of mind (or even a mental condition). No matter what one collects – rare or everyday objects – it’s the inner logic of assembling them that makes them a collection. This inner logic shapes a loose set of items into a meaningful order, it makes invisible, yet powerful links between objects. Making collections is based on the obsession for finding order in a chaotic world, but in the end it is reinventing the world in one’s own way and with one’s own order.”

Agata Nowotny
*1980, Warsaw, Poland, sociologist, contributes to the ongoing discussion of the meaning of design, teaches and initiates, co-founded INvisible Design, wants to make the world a better place.

“My collection of largely contemporary art has, like my library, over the years and decades become an alter ego. I am, or have been, in contact in some way with many of the artists whose work is represented in my collection. I got to know Joseph Beuys when I was 17 years old: it all began with one of his works. Most often, but not exclusively, it is not “museum pieces” but very personal works, artists’ letters, gifts, prints and drawings with dedications, which evoke a sense of continuing closeness. They remind me of specific situations or times in my life, and keep alive memories of those to whom I owe much gratitude – for their open outlook on the world, creative thinking, experiences, the art of conversation, zest for life, and hospitality – all of which, in this age of electronic communication, are too quickly erased, or vanish into the depths of email inboxes. The fact that so many of the works are based on the written word is an indication of a strong connection to the library: collection and library are very closely related.”

Stefan Heinemann,
*1951, Mönchengladbach, studied law and art history in Würzburg, Vienna and Munich. He has practised as a lawyer since 1978, initially in Munich and since 1992 in Dresden, and is a criminal law specialist. He has been collecting contemporary art since 1968.

“Collections are permanent assemblies, conserving culture through things. Today, however, we are experiencing a material culture which is permeated with digital technology, and is thus becoming more ephemeral. At the same time, the third dimension has become technically reproducible. 3D printers are launching the next assault on the ‘original’. Museums will have to change if they want their collections to be the cultural memory of the future.”

Roland Schwarz
*1960 in Soest, historian and Director of the Technische Sammlungen Dresden, is currently working on extending the museum with a department for new technology.

Schloss Pillnitz, Bergpalais
3 September - 2 November

Photos: OKOLO, Courtesy of Kunstgewerbemuseum

A series of one-minute videos reveals an unexpected look at selected products from the history of design. The direct confrontation of real objects in an abstract environment and the manipulation of human hands presents their formal and functional qualities. The first 13 videos were created in collaboration with galleries Depot Basel in Basel and Kunstgewerbemuseum in Dresden. In Superstudio HRA in Prague, the project is presented in a simple installation connecting school environment with educative character of videos. The projects has an ambition to create a large archive of information captured in moving images and speech.

Designblok, 7. - 12. 10. 2014
Superstudio Hra
Mikulandská 5/134, Praha

Concept and Production: OKOLO

Collaboration: Michal Bačák, Pete Collard, Depot Basel, Michal Kloss, Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden, Vendula Mikulková, Kryštof Pacourek,Ton

We show our first series of OKOLO Minute movies about selected objects from the history of design.

We start with the presentation of individual collections during our OKOLO OFFLINE TWO exhibition at Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden. We start with the first room where all the vitrines and pedestals create spatial installation symbolizing collecting itself.

A vitrine serves collectors and museums as a means to exhibit and preserve objects and to bring their collections together in a protected space. Assembled from various pieces of exhibition furniture at the Kunstgewerbemuseum, this installation becomes a symbol of collecting and a symbol of the exhibition itself.

Schloss Pillnitz, Bergpalais
3 September - 2 November

Photos: OKOLO, Courtesy of Kunstgewerbemuseum

8. Packaging Collection
8. Packaging Collection
9. Typeface Collection
9. Typeface Collection
7. Experience Collection
7. Experience Collection
6. Sport Collection
6. Sport Collection
5. Ordinary Collection
5. Ordinary Collection
Last room with Unique, Ordinary, Sport, Packaging, Experience and Typeface Collections.
Last room with Unique, Ordinary, Sport, Packaging, Experience and Typeface Collections.
1. First room with the installation of exhibition vitrines and pedestals as a symbol of collecting
1. First room with the installation of exhibition vitrines and pedestals as a symbol of collecting
2. Video Collection
2. Video Collection

4. Unique Collection
4. Unique Collection
3. Collection of opinions on collecting from the various contributors exhibited on the custom-designed paper cards
3. Collection of opinions on collecting from the various contributors exhibited on the custom-designed paper cards

Visual style of the exhibition
Visual style of the exhibition
Headline of the exhibition applied on the empty vitrine
Headline of the exhibition applied on the empty vitrine

One of the structures made out of pedestals symbolizing phenomenon of collecting
One of the structures made out of pedestals symbolizing phenomenon of collecting

Last week we have opened, together with Depot Basel, our OKOLO OFFLINE TWO, COLLECTING exhibition at Kunstgewerbemuseum at Schloss Pillnitz in Dresden.

Our biggest exhibition to date explores the phenomenon of collecting from many different perspectives including 9 various collections installed inside the historical chambers of the museum's Bergpalais. Now we are presenting general installation and concept. From now until the end of the exhibition we will present also each collection and its details separately every week and transform the physical installation into the online content.

Until barely ten years ago, objects and the stories associated with them were generally only made publicly accessible within exhibiting institutions. However, due to the increasing diversity and availability of digital media, the visibility and accessibility of collections has changed, and they now receive more attention than ever before. In parallel to this, a completely different level of collecting, the blog, has emerged. Bloggers regard themselves as curators, and as – occasionally critical – collectors of content, which they publish online and make accessible to a wider public. Thus the concepts of collecting and making visible have acquired entirely new meaning.

The Czech collective Okolo is active in this field. They have been posting thematic collections of objects and images on their blog since 2009. Like most digital collectors, they do not collect to possess objects, but – in a very similar way to museums – to preserve contemporary and historical objects and to make them accessible in an entirely new context. Okolo specialises in design and collects with a deliberately tightly focused approach. On their many travels and during research they are continually discovering what was previously unseen or unnoticed; by photographing their discoveries, giving them graphic redefinition, and then publishing them, they create new awareness of, and stimulate interest in, things which had previously attracted little or no attention.

Moving on from the “OKOLO OFFLINE” exhibition at Depot Basel, which aimed to make it possible to experience the digital collection in physical space, the exhibition in Dresden focuses on the topic of collecting itself. New object groups, assembled from things in Okolo’s personal archive, pieces from the Kunstgewerbemuseum’s collections and loans from friends, are displayed. Each collection is presented in its own vitrine, and each tells a story about collecting – be it concrete objects, accumulated experiences, the vitrine itself as a container for collections, or the widely diverse opinions of collectors.

For the duration of the exhibition, these collections will be also be the subject of specially focused blog entries on www.okoloweb.cz, thereby interlinking the analogue
 world of the exhibition with
 the digital.

Curatorial text of the exhibition by Matylda Krzykowski

Schloss Pillnitz, Bergpalais
3 September - 2 November

Photos: OKOLO, Courtesy of Kunstgewerbemuseum

Fot the latest 45th issue of Damn magazine we prepared 7-pages editorial on hidden gems of Italian Modernist architecture.

Featuring mid-century residences a rare work by Carlo Scarpa, Luigi Moretti, Mario Galvagni, Vittoriano Vigano, Ico Parisi or Luzi & Jaretti, the article explores lesser known architectural masterpieces we have visited in the last 5 years all around Italy.

Thanks Damn for the publishing.

The Czech design collective Okolo is at the heart of this exhibition. The members of Okolo are fascinated by the meaning of objects. They scrutinise the world of things with finely tuned sensibility, and post selected examples of paradigmatic design on their blog, okoloweb.cz. This particular interest has transformed the collective into a group of collectors!

The quintessentially human theme of collecting is therefore the fo- cus of the exhibition, which casts light on both private and museum collecting. Experts express their views, and finally several specific themes are explored through examples. Each week, the content of the exhibition is augmented by a blogpost on okoloweb.cz, thus making it accessible to a wider public beyond the exhibition.

This exhibition is a project by the Kunstgewerbemuseum in collabo- ration with Okolo (CZ) and
Depot Basel (CH). Depot Basel, launched in 2011, is a place for contemporary design.

Kunstgewerbemuseum Schloss Pillnitz Bergpalais
3 September – 2 November 2014

Matylda Krzykowski (Depot Basel) and Adam Štěch (Okolo)

Exhibition and graphic design:
Matěj Činčera and Jan Kloss (Okolo)

It is almost a year ago, when we have participated at Brompton Pitch project during the London Design Festival. As a small reminder we are resenting this hand-made publication made during the project by London-based Studio Chehade and featuring some of the Brompton Pitch participants work as well as progress of the project itself.

Jakub inside Alexis Georgacopoulos office at ECAL.
Jakub inside Alexis Georgacopoulos office at ECAL.
With Laura Pregger at Depot Basel in Basel.
With Laura Pregger at Depot Basel in Basel.
With Dimitri Bähler and Christian Spiess in their studio in Biel
With Dimitri Bähler and Christian Spiess in their studio in Biel
Test of shooting of Alexis Georgacopoulos at ECAL.
Test of shooting of Alexis Georgacopoulos at ECAL.
Our temporary office at Lavaux Hotel.
Our temporary office at Lavaux Hotel.
Tomáš kissing by Le Corbusier at Villa Le Lac.
Tomáš kissing by Le Corbusier at Villa Le Lac.
With Patrick Moser at Villa Lec.
With Patrick Moser at Villa Lec.
Infront of BIG-GAME studio in Lausanne.
Infront of BIG-GAME studio in Lausanne.
Inside Bertille & Mathieu studio in Lausanne.
Inside Bertille & Mathieu studio in Lausanne.
With Bertille & Mathieu.
With Bertille & Mathieu.
Bertille & Mathieu.
Bertille & Mathieu.
With Tomáš Král inside his studio in Lausanne.
With Tomáš Král inside his studio in Lausanne.
At lake Geneva shore.
At lake Geneva shore.
With designer Adrien Rovero.
With designer Adrien Rovero.
Tasting fondue with Adrien Rovero.
Tasting fondue with Adrien Rovero.
During massive snowing with Adrien Rovero on the top.
During massive snowing with Adrien Rovero on the top.
Inside A.C.E workshop in Lausanne.
Inside A.C.E workshop in Lausanne.
Hard work.
Hard work.
Inside Terrazzo Project studio in Lausanne. Test the shoot.
Inside Terrazzo Project studio in Lausanne. Test the shoot.
With Daniel Grataloup and his friends inside house he built in the 1970s in Geneva.
With Daniel Grataloup and his friends inside house he built in the 1970s in Geneva.
Inside studio of Daniel Grataloup.
Inside studio of Daniel Grataloup.
La Chaux-de-Fonds.
La Chaux-de-Fonds.
Inside Maison Blanche that Le Corbusier built for his parents in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1912.
Inside Maison Blanche that Le Corbusier built for his parents in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1912.
Inside Vacheron Constantin workshop.
Inside Vacheron Constantin workshop.
With Camille Blin from A.C.E.
With Camille Blin from A.C.E.

There are few personal shots from our trip to Lausanne. Thanks Tomáš Souček for photos.

OKOLO team went to Lausanne in Switzerland where has mapped local design scene, talked to leading creators, discovered the hidden treasures of craftsmanship and reflected on the historical and artistic heritage of this area.

The result is so far the most comprehensive publication of OKOLO to date describing not only the environment of the prestigious ECAL university, but also the unique design thinking of its former students and other designers working in the area around Lake Geneva. In addition to the contemporary scene, we have not forgotten the modernist masters such as Alberto Sartoris, Le Corbusier, Jean Tschumi or forgotten organic architecture visionarist Daniel Grataloup. In addition to the interviews and articles, there is also a report from the oldest watch manufacture in the world Vacheron Constantin, several curated editorials and much more.

Magazine contributors include editor-in-chief of Pin-Up magazine Felix Burrichter, Neatherlands-based curator Matylda Krzykowski, Wallpaper architecture editor Ellie Stathaki, Czech photographer Tomáš Souček, Lausanne-based designer Adrien Rovero, Swiss writer Rebekka Kiesewetter and others.

Next week, 31 May 2014, OKOLO will talk about influences between fashion and furniture design at Shape & Vision 04 talk in Prague organized by Czech fashion critic Veronika Ruppert.

As a symbol of blending of fashion and design in one we are presenting here this modernist 1920s fashion figurine designed by French decorator and designer René Herbst.

For more info about event go on Facebook

Image Courtesy of Phillips de Pury

The group OKOLO, founded in Prague in 2009, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. The four initiators of the project – Adam Štěch, Jakub Štěch, Matěj Činčera and Jan Kloss – independently and individually address design in all its facets, develop concepts, publications, exhibitions and commission products, convey phenomena and make them visible. OKOLO thus has some very similar goals to Depot Basel – yet, while its basis is located at a physical place, its ‘heart’ is a virtual one: the blog www.okoloweb.cz; a digital archive for historical knowledge, contemporary positions and new ideas, and an actively used platform on which the continued activity of OKOLO in the areas of design, architecture, fashion and performing arts becomes visible.

The exhibition OKOLO OFFLINE should show the motivation and dedication of the Czech group and research how digital content and connections can be transferred appropriately into an analogue environment. It will be a physically experiencable mosaic of purely internet-created insights and connections.

For the exhibition at Depot Basel, 25 blog articles from OKOLO spanning over the past 5 years were chosen and made tangible in the form of objects, graphics, films and photos. Visitors will be able to look into the work on projects of the group created in both an on- and offline environment, and buy creations by OKOLO during the exhibition. Additionally, Adam Štěch, Jakub Štěch, Matěj Činčera and Jan Kloss will launch their series MINUTE, a succession of short films on design history, at Depot Basel.

28. March – 27.April 2014
Opening Friday 28.3., 7 PM – 10 PM
Opening Times: Friday, Saturday, 2 PM – 7 PM; Sunday 2 PM – 6 PM

Hyperwerk hosts Depot Basel # 1 — lecture & talk
Wed 26.3., 18.00, HyperWerk Basel, Totentanz 17

Photos Courtesy of Depot Basel and OKOLO

We are so proud to launch our latest issue at ECAL presentation during the Salone del Mobile in Milan next month. More info soon!

For the 20th issue of TL Magazine, we have created historical editorial focused on collaboration of Japanese designers and Italian furniture brand from 1950s to today.

We are very happy to announce our solo show in collaboration with our very own Depot Basel.

The exhibition OKOLO OFFLINE shows the motivation and dedication of the Czech group and research how digital content and connections can be transferred appropriately into an analogue environment. It will be a physically experiencable mosaic of purely internet-created insights and connections.

For the exhibition at Depot Basel, 25 blog articles from OKOLO spanning over the past 5 years were chosen and made tangible in the form of objects, graphics, films and photos. Visitors will be able to look into the work on projects of the group created in both an on- and offline environment, and buy creations by OKOLO during the exhibition. Additionally, Adam Štěch, Jakub Štěch, Matěj Činčera and Jan Kloss will launch their series MINUTE, a succession of short films on design history, at Depot Basel.

We created this catalogue in collaboration with DuPont Corian and deFORM design studio for their exhibition project at Designblok 2013 in Prague.

Called Classics + Corian, the project discovers new potential of vintage furniture pieces form the 1930s - 1960s which parts were replaced by designers Jakub Pollág and Václav Mlynář with the totally same Corian components. The result presents symbiosis of the authenticity of historical pieces with the timeless material and its durability.

We created graphics and texts of this brochure.

In 2012, we did this t-shirt for Re-Site festival held in Prague. Including historical as well as contemporary street lightning designs by Le Corbusier, František Crhák, Francois Azambourg, JDS Architects, Emil Králíček and ECAL, the t-shirt investigates in playful way into the world of the community space in the cities and its quality. It is printed from both sides to create original optical effect.

We are pleased to announce our new website dedicated just for our very own beer OKOLO Pivo.

Just check it here.

We have prepared Nature of Norwegian Design exhibition for the Prague-based designSUPERMARKET festival earlier this month.

Exhibition project called Nature of Norwegian Design has presented work of seven contemporary Norwegian designers and design studios directly inspired by nature and the landscape. Nature and its symbolism has played crucial role in the Nordic art, design and architecture since time immemorial. Landscape, from which one gets his stamina, a sense of peace and psychological and philosophical alignment is important for Scandinavian designers even today. And that's especially for the current generation of young Norwegian designers as well.

The selection includes several small interior products and accessories based on the abstraction of Norwegian nature. The authors have materialized it in the naturist modest objects which bring symbols of nature, its processes and living organisms that inhabit it into our homes.

The real installation of the exhibition with the real artifacts was then connected with the audiovisual projection of the special version of our ver own blog, which presented not only articles on selected products, but also visually wider context of the history of contemporary and historical Norwegian design, architecture and overall cultural life associated with nature. The objects of designers as Anderssen & Voll, Lars Beller Fjetland, Andreas Engesvik, Kristine Bjaadal, Permafrost, Kristine Five Melvaer a Petter Skogstad were included.

Photo: OKOLO

Matti Suuronen, Futuro House, 1968, Interpreted by Mütanta
Matti Suuronen, Futuro House, 1968, Interpreted by Mütanta
Guy Rottier, Maison de Vacances Volante, 1963 - 1964, Interpreted by Maria Makeeva
Guy Rottier, Maison de Vacances Volante, 1963 - 1964, Interpreted by Maria Makeeva
Jean Maneval, Bubble house, 1956, Interpreted by Jan Kloss/Matěj Činčera
Jean Maneval, Bubble house, 1956, Interpreted by Jan Kloss/Matěj Činčera
Moshe Safdie, Habitat 67 housing estate, 1967, Interpreted by František Polák 
Moshe Safdie, Habitat 67 housing estate, 1967, Interpreted by František Polák 
Alison and Peter Smithsons, House of the Future, 1956, Interpreted by Jan Horčík 
Alison and Peter Smithsons, House of the Future, 1956, Interpreted by Jan Horčík 
Mario Bellini, Karasutra, 1972, Interpreted by Kristína Ambrozová 
Mario Bellini, Karasutra, 1972, Interpreted by Kristína Ambrozová 
Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Refuge Tonneau, 1938, Interpreted by Ex Lovers
Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Refuge Tonneau, 1938, Interpreted by Ex Lovers
Michael Jantzen, M house, 1970s, Interpreted by Lukáš Kijonka
Michael Jantzen, M house, 1970s, Interpreted by Lukáš Kijonka
Zvi Hecker, Ramot Rolin housing estate, 1974, Interpreted by Michal Bačák
Zvi Hecker, Ramot Rolin housing estate, 1974, Interpreted by Michal Bačák
Kenji Ekuan, Tortoise house, 1964, Interpreted by Martina Marešová
Kenji Ekuan, Tortoise house, 1964, Interpreted by Martina Marešová

In response to an installation project mounted by young artist and designer Tadeáš Podracký, we invited a group of ten graphic designers and illustrators to take part in a visual research programme focused on experimental architectural projects of the second half of the 20th century. While Tadeáš Podracký comes with his own vision of a fictive space in which he studies mutual relations between the human individual and the space as such, the supplementary show embarks on a journey into the recent past, rediscovering ten crucial architectural experiments which offered in their time solutions alternative to the traditional concept of and approach to the phenomenon of space and the various ways it can be treated by its users.

The second half of the twentieth century ushered into the process of constituting a modern-age residential space and the development of humans´ attitudes towards it, new and unexpected opportunities for experimenting. The concepts of a housing module, or a symbolic home of the future, formulated in parallel studies by several leading figures in various parts of the world, turned into catalysts of experimental design and architecture, pointing to new possibilities of structural construction, materials, and above all, spacial relations, involving visions of near-future perspectives for patterns of human residence. Even though most of these visions have eventually proved to be utopian, the exhibition Habitus will bring into relief several more or less well-known experimental projects dating from the golden age of architectural modernism, in the light of parallel interpretations by several present-day Czech illustrators and graphic designers.

Here, present-time graphic artists offer their own first-hand response to specific projects by modernist architects and designers dating from between 1935 and 1975, coming up with their own visual interpretations of experimental housing modules, socio-architectural visions, or unique interior design schemes. The exhibition features interpretations of famous projects, such as the House of the Future by the British architects Alison and Peter Smithson; the Futuro House by the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen; or the icon of the 1960s housing architecture, the project Habitat authored in 1967 by the Israeli architect Moshe Safdie. These works canonized by history are coupled here with various less well-known projects charting the limits of residential space, by the likes of Guy Rottier, Jean Maneval, Zvi Hecker, or Michael Jantzen. All the historical projects dealt with here are accompanied by present-day reflection, and bring to the attention of specialists and the general public alike an array of less well-known architectural works translated into the idiom of present-day graphic style.

Moshe Safdie, Residential complex Habitat 67, Canada, 1967
Interpretation: František Polák
The residential complex Habitat 67 was built in Montreal, Canada, as part of the EXPO 1967 World Exhibition. In his design the architect, Moshe Safdie, presented one of the first visions of a universal housing project using a cluster of elementary residential modules arranged in an unorthodox abstract pattern.

Guy Rottier, Maison de Vacances Volante, France, 1963 – 1964
Interpretation: Maria Makeeva
The work of the French architect, designer, artist, visionary and dreamer, Guy Rottier, remains little known to the larger part of the spcecialist community. A friend of members of the Nouveaux réalistes group of artists and the architect of the holiday home of the sculptor Arman in Vence, he is also the author of a number of utopian concepts of prefabricated residential modules styled for various purposes.

Jean Maneval, Bubble dwelling unit, France, 1956
Interpretation: Jan Kloss/Matěj Činčera
French architect Jean Maneval presented his residential concept at the Salon des Arts Ménagers in 1956. His aim was to devise an accessible, inexpensive prefabricated home made from synthetic plastic materials. His concept did not materialize until more than a decade later, in 1968, when his Bubble house came to be mass-produced by the company Batiplastique.

Zvi Hecker, Ramot Polin housing development, Israel, 1974
Interpretation: Michal Bačák
Architect Zvi Hecker, born in Poland, spent his entire career in Israel. Definitely figuring among his major projects, the Ramot Rolin housing development was designed on a commission from the Israeli government. Located four kilometres from Jerusalem, it consists of 720 home units built in the architect´s characteristic structural organic style featuring diamond-shaped housing modules. Today the original project is overlayed by later annexes built by the property´s renters.

Matti Suuronen, Futuro House dwelling unit, Finland, 1968
Interpretation: Mutanta
The now famous Futuro House was designed as a prefabricated dwelling module intended primarily for recreational use. Its architect, Matti
Suuronen, produced a concept focused mainly on the factors of simple assemblage, mobility, and modularity of the interior which offered widely diverse design variants. Around 100 modules were actually built, including some located on steep mountain slopes and others in the African savannah.

Alison and Peter Smithson, House of the Future, United Kingdom, 1956
Interpretation: Jan Horčík
Although the husband-and-wife architectural team of Alison and Peter Smithson earned a wider renown only somewhat later, for their designs in the style of brutalist architecture, their first breakthrough actually came with a mock exhibition display of the House of the Future at London´s Kensington Hall in 1956. Their design presented an imaginary interior of the future, styled as a site for the gradual transformation of the function and form of the human living space.

Mario Bellini, Karasutra mobile home, Italy, 1972
Interpretation: Kristína Ambrozová
In conjunction with the groundbreaking exhibition New Domestic Landscape, organized by New York´s Museum of Modern Art in 1972, several Italian architects and designers were invited to supply unorthodox installations and objects. One of these was Karasutra, an experimental mobile home designed by Mario Bellini, destined for communal relaxation in an interior resembling the experimental landscape dwelling designs of the time.

Michael Jantzen, M-House, USA, c. 1970
Interpretation: Lukáš Kijonka
The American visionary and utopian architect, Michael Jantzen, conceived his M-House as a radical abstract sculptural composition consisting of intertwined mobile steel and composite modules making possible flexible readjustments and variations of the house´s structural appearance as well as of its interior components, and the ensuing variation of its human occupants´ attitudes towards their constantly changing environment.

Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Refuge Tonneau dwelling module, France, 1938
Interpretation: Ex Lovers
Mountains were a perennial source of inspiration for the French architect and designer, Charlotte Perriand, throughout the course of her career. Appropriately, they also became the theme behind the experimental mountain retreat, Le Refuge Tonneau, which she designed
in 1938 in tandem with Pierre Jeanneret. The shelter, which they developed up to the stage of prototype, was assembled from prefabricated aluminium components, and was envisioned as a high-altitude mountain shelter resistant to extreme weather conditions.

Kenji Ekuan, Tortoise House, Japan, 1964
Interpretation: Martina Marešová
Japanese architecture has never ceased to draw on the mainstream of its historical development. Metabolism, an architectural movement of the 1960s and 70s, aimed at bringing architecture closer to science, with a view to defining its idioms through the use of mass-produced components made from newly developed materials. Apart from the dwelling structures designed by Kisho Kurokawa, Metabolism´s other protagonist was architect Kenji Ekuan whose projects include the concept of Tortoise House, composed of geometric shell-shaped modules.

Gallery City of Prague
08/11, 2013 – 22/12, 2013,
Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace, 4th floor
Karlova Street 189/2
Prague 1

After more than one year we are presenting here small catalogue which we did for The Mirror exhibition one year ago at Designblok 2012 in Prague.

We are very happy to invite you on Habitus exhibition curated by our own Monika Doležalová from City Gallery Prague which we participate with graphic design and additional curation.

We are happy to show you our latest destination of Open & Drink! exhibition showcasing best contemporary bottle openers.

Opened during Lodz Design Festival last week at our very own bar Zmienatematu in Poland, the exhibition presents 15 bottle openers from all around the world.

Thanks Tomi Lachowski and Ania Lachowska for their support.

Thanks Wallpaper for publishing one of our Cut-out prints in the beautiful interior setting dominated by mid-century Brazilian bookshelf by Joaquim Tenreiro.

At Designblok 2013 in Prague we present our "curated gift" for Heineken. You can win our selection called Black Chic featured some of the most interesting lifestyle products of today.

We offered some of our publications and showed our Open & Drink! exhibition concept.
We offered some of our publications and showed our Open & Drink! exhibition concept.
Some very good friends were coming...
Some very good friends were coming...
Disegno offered its latest 5th issue.
Disegno offered its latest 5th issue.

Casting London created experimental cast London souvenirs.
Casting London created experimental cast London souvenirs.
Studio Chehade created the publication about the whole project in three days directly on the spot.
Studio Chehade created the publication about the whole project in three days directly on the spot.

Phil Cuttance presented his Faceture candlesticks.
Phil Cuttance presented his Faceture candlesticks.

Two weeks ago we have participated at Brompton Pitch during London Design Festival.

Curated by Jane Withers and Disegno magazine for Brompton Design District, the Brompton Pitch featured six outdoor stands occupied by six design studios and collectives. Us, Disegno magazine, Fixperts, Phil Cuttance, Casting London and Studio Chehade created three days outdoor laboratory of diverse experimental activities and design attitudes at London Exhibition Road.

Thanks all for very nice event and possibility to part of it.

There are some pictures from visual style, brochure and installation system of our Open & Drink! exhibition, which was recently showed at Brompton Pitch at London Design Festival.

There are some photos of our new space OKOLO/Pedal Project Studio in Bořivojova 77 in Prague. You are welcome for drink and talk all the time.

Photos by Tomáš Souček

We are so pleased to be part of The Brompton Pitch project curated by Disegno magazine and Jane Withers during upcoming London Design Festival 2013.

Set on the Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London’s museum quarter, The Brompton Pitch is a three-day platform for designers to sell products or services throughout the festival. The site has been curated by design consultant Jane Withers and Disegno's editor-in-chief Johanna Agerman Ross.

The studios exhibiting as part of the Pitch are Okolo, Casting London, Fixperts, Phil Cuttance and Studio Chehade. The final stand will be occupied by Disegno.

The exhibiting studios are eclectic, feeding into the basic principle behind The Brompton Pitch. "We want to put things right onto the street and see how design stands up in an open forum context," says Withers. "It’s about showing a non-design audience that design isn’t just about pretty products and cute chairs but can engage with our lives in other ways."

The Brompton Pitch opening hours:

19 September: 12 noon - 8.30pm
20 September: 12 noon - 7pm
21 September: 12 noon - 7pm

More at Disegno.

Our installation 1910 - 1990 at Window Gallery in Prague, showing five important cities from design history of the last century, featured in the latest issue of German magazine Form. Many thanks!

Pedal Project recently released the special limited edition of cycling light in the collaboration with Bookman.

It is our pleausure to announce that after some time, we have a new product in stock. This time, it is a collaboration with a young Swedish brand, which produces bike lights. Their emphasis on design is close to us and was one of the main reasons why we have decided to make this small cycling accessory with this brand. Only a limited edition of 60 lights has been made and you can buy them exclusively on our website or personally at the OKOLO/Pedal Project studio in Bořivojova 77, Prague 3 as well as the official Bookman website.

We have just recently opened our first exhibition at our very own OKOLO/Pedal Project studio in Prague.

Called Open & Drink!, the exhibition showcases some of the interesting modernist and contemporary bottle openers is simple colorful installation. All the bottle openers are packed in the transparent plastic on colorful papers.

We love beer and also simple things for everyday use. A beer bottle opener is therefore a materialization of a perfect object, which has been designed specifically for one particular reason and that is taking the metal cap off a glass bottle.

Our exhibition project Open & Drink! presents several contemporary and also historical bottle openers from all over the world and inspects how much can one specific function take the shape of sophisticated forms. Bottle openers shaped like wooden prisms, metal abstract compositions or romantic natural shapes, or an inspirational object. These and many more forms of this everyday object we bring to you at the exhibition Open & Drink! We don’t just evaluate the typology of the opener as it is, but also about the process of opening the beer, which can be opened with many things not purposed for it. That’s why you should open and drink!

Photos by Tomáš Souček

We have new pictures of our wood airplane models including Supermarine S.6B with Rolls Royce engine designed by Reginald Joseph Mitchell was the fastest airplane in the Schneider cup with speed of 547 km/h. The last one, Savoia-Marchetti S.65 with two propellers was developed in 1929, but never entered the race due to technical problems.

Called Schneider cup, the race is the most famous airplanes race in the history. Specifically created for seaplanes only, Schneider cup was founded by financier, pilot of the baloon and airplane enthusiast Jacques Schneider (1879–1928) in 1911 as a platform for technical development of the seaplanes, which were predicted as airplanes of the future. Eleven races were held during 1913 - 1931 in the USA, Italy, United Kingdom and France. There were pilots from these four seaplanes superpowers only, who competed for the main prize, the sculpture of a girl with wings on the sea level. In 1927, 1929 and 1931, the race was won by English pilots on Supermarine S.6B airplane, so the prize remained in the UK for all the time. Today, you can see it at the London Science Museum.

There are some pictures from our The Mirror show at Belgrade Design Week held between 4 and 9 June 2013 in Belgrade, Serbia in unique building of Museum of Modern Art.

More about the building soon.

Many thanks to Jovan Jelovac and Belgrade Design Week team.

Designed for the Window Gallery of Česká spořitelna, the 1910 – 1990 curatorial installation discovers, by means of spatial illustrations and objects, five crucial cities that all had a significant impact on the development of design and applied arts in certain periods of one century, ranging from monarchist Prague where the worldwide phenomenon of cubist design originated, interwar modernism in Paris, and the cultural heyday of California in the 1950s to radical Milan and punk London during the 1990s. All these world centers dictated taste and gave form to modern applied arts in different times.

1910 Prague
Painting angular forms became the Czech avant-garde doctrine as a new artistic style – French cubism – was warmly welcomed. However, an incoming generation of Czech architects and designers led by Josef Gočár, Václav Chochol, Emil Králíček, and Pavel Janák ventured farther than their colleagues from Western Europe, applying cubism to architecture and applied arts. Thus, a blind branch of the development was born. However, it was totally unprecedented, making Prague the only city where cubist principles were consistently applied to architecture and design.

1930 Paris
The social boom in Paris between the wars was linked with a new avant-garde view of the world, which brought about radical modernism, mediating the ideas of great architects, such as Le Corbusier, Robert Mallet-Stevens, and Eileen Gray. The upper classes and their enormous wealth provided lucrative work to such great decorators as Jean-Michel Frank and Serge Roche, as well as designers René Herbst, Jacques Le Chevalier, and many others whose designs still represent the highly radical application of visual functionalist language.

1950 Los Angeles
American post-war prosperity was best seen in sunny California, which became the center of architectural experiments, also due to its nice climate. The American dream materialized in the form of a modern glassed-in house open to the surrounding landscape, furnished with modernist furniture that provided space for everyday relaxation. Los Angeles residential architecture, represented by such giants as Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Raphael Soriano, A. Quincy Jones, and many others, was at its height during that time, complemented with lot-produced affordable designs by the Eames, Greta Magnusson Grossman, and Raymond Loewy, plus unique handicraft pieces by Dan Johnson, Zahara Schatz, and J. B. Blunk.

1970 Milan
Milan has always been an ideal breeding ground for design. The unreproducible style of Italian design was born there in the 1950s, culminating at the turn of the 1960s and 70s, when young experimenters responded to the fading force of modernist with a new pop-art revolution followed by postmodernism several years later. This radical wave was best summarized in 1972 at one of the most influential exhibitions in the history of design entitled the New Domestic Landscape at the MOMA in New York, which presented new qualities and meanings of contemporary design formulated by Ettore Sottsass, Superstudio, Achille Castiglioni, Vico Magistretti, Enzo Mari, Nanda Vigo, Gae Aulenti, and others.

1990 London
A wide range of young designers, who exclude themselves from mainstream production with their work and enrich contemporary design with action, performance, craftsmanship, and new conceptual approaches, started to concentrate in London as early as the 1980s. Israeli Ron Arad, Australian Marc Newson, Tom Dixon and minimalist Jasper Morrison became leading figures of the new "punk" movement in industrial and interior design. Raw industrial aesthetics were combined with the renaissance of the designer ready-made. Thus, the incoming generation of super-designers took charge of events on a global scale.

We just finished installation of our exhibition of mirrors at Belgrade Design Week. There are some pictures from the installation we did yesterday.

We are invited to give a workshop about independent publishing next month at Scholastika in Prague.

Wallpaper is our favorite design medium. So when they mention our work, we feel very satisfied again. This time New York-based editor Pei-Ru Keh included our Travel prints in her Highlights report from this year ICFF. Thanks!

Yesterday we have visited old Granary in Suchomasty close to Beroun, Czech republic to acquire some modernist furniture pieces for our new OKOLO/Pedal Project office and gallery in Prague.

Beautiful day in the old granary owned by our friend and collaborator Jan Jaroš od Cohn Auction we spent by selecting of some pieces from his wonderful collection of mid-century modernism. At the end we choose some Scandinavian anonymous chairs, 1950s floor lamp by Josef Hůrka for Napako, as well as one 1930s steel tubes table and more.

Thanks Jan Jaroš of Cohn Auction very much and you will see these extraordinary pieces in our new office and gallery very soon.

We are very happy to announce that our OKOLO Mollino book is included in Annual book published by our favorite blog Its Nice That.

The book, published at the end of the last year, includes the best of the year featured on Its Nice That online blog during the year of 2012.

Many thanks to Its Nice That!

We started to collaborate with UDU, Institute of Art History of Academy of Sciences of Czech republic on design of its Window Gallery in Prague.

The first installation has presented new book Naprej published by UDU. The book, edited by Rostislav Švácha and collective, documents history of Czech architecture for sport use. Our installation included five windows with the colorful backgrounds showing some selected chapters and photos from the book, as well as some sport equipment next to them.

Thanks UDU and curator Vendula Hnídková for nice collaboration.

Photos by Tomáš Souček

One year ago we have visited unique organic house by Jacques Gillet in Liége, Belgium. Now our report published in Domus 966.

Jacques Gillet built this sculptural house for his brother and his wife in 1967 together with sculptor Félix Roulin and engineer René Greisch. The house is completed in metal wires structure covered with thin surface of concrete. The natural structure blends with its surrounding and resembles rock.

More about this utopist architecture inside Domus 966 or read whole article on Domus.

Thanks Tomáš Souček for photography, Zuzka Těťálová for translation, Laura Bossi for editing and Joseph Grima for the opportunity to publish it.

Our The Mirror exhibition debuted at Designblok in Prague last October is now on display at Stilwerk Limited Edition Window Gallery curated by Vienna Design Week in Vienna.

You can see one part of the project featuring commissioned mirrors and art objects by 17 designers and artists there only. About original exhibition you can read here.

Thanks to all contributing artists, collaborators, Vienna Design Week, Stilwerk and Czech Center in Vienna for their help.

Photographed at the Fulvio Ferrari's house in Borgio Verezzi.
Photographed at the Fulvio Ferrari's house in Borgio Verezzi.
Photographed for AAAD 2012 exhibition at DOX, Prague.
Photographed for AAAD 2012 exhibition at DOX, Prague.

Something between artwork, poster and illustration, this series of Cut-out prints documents some of the mid-century coffee and low tables designed by Gio Ponti, Gabriella Crespi, George Nakashima, Paul Kjaerholm and many others in very simple 2D shapes. It is our graphic homage to the formal mastery of the modernist design in a fresh contemporary way.

George Nakashima, Minguren coffee table, 1980s, USA

Gio Ponti, Custom coffee table from Villa Arreaza, Caracas, 1954, Italy, Venezuela

Gio Ponti, Coffee table, 1950s, Italy

Poul Kjaerholm, PK 61 coffee table for E. Kold Christensen, 1956

Edward Wormley, Coffee table for Dunbar, 1964, USA

Gabriella Crespi, Coffee table, 1970s, Italy

Luther Conover, Coffee table, 1955, USA

Greta Magnusson Grossman, Coffee table for Glenn of California, 1952, USA

Photos by Matěj Činčera, Jaroslav Moravec and Ondřej Přibyl

We are very happy to present forth issue of our annual OKOLO magazine. This time with subtitle Liguria, which explores hidden architecture, design and culture gems of Italian Liguria coastline.

Created in collaboration with collector and curator Fulvio Ferrari of Casa Mollino from Turin, the magazine showcases some of the interesting persons, places and objects from Liguria including Ferrari's own house in Borgio Verezzi, architecture of Mario Galvagni, ceramics of Albisola, Gio Ponti monastery in San Remo, archive of Piaggio company or story of famous Chiavari chairs. And much more.

Thanks to all collaborators. Magazine is available online directly from us or in selected stores around world.

Pedal Project have launched its third issue full of amazing stuff around cycling, design and art.

Buy one copy and see great editorials and articles on Brooks, Vigorelli velodrome, design of Rui Alves, cycling backpacks and much much more including special Art Part with the commissioned artworks by Matylda Krzykowski, Edit Architects, Oskar Peet, Ondřej Báchor and more.

Now in stock on newly opened Pedal Project eshop and in many selected stores.

Our small "retrospective" exhibition Subjects of Interest at Designgalleriet in Stockholm, prepared in collaboration with The Czech Center, is open until 21 December 2012.

A designer collective, a creative agency, publishers, exhibitors and graphic designers in one, the Prague group OKOLO present their past and present projects at the Stockholm gallery Designgalleriet. Given the number of the projects to their credit, it is not daring to call the exhibition a retrospective.

The exhibition, organized in 6 thematic units (publishing work, product design, fashion, cycling, exhibition projects, individual work), reflects activities of individual members of the group OKOLO: in certain parts of the installation, these comment on design and lifestyle around us. Matěj Činčera, Jan Kloss, Adam Štěch and Jakub Štěch present chapters from three years of working together. Within this period, the collective has created dozens of exhibitions in the Czech Republic and abroad, published a number of printed books, cooperated with world-known designers and curators on unique projects revealing the true essence of designer creation, always presenting it with a specific curator approach. Among OKOLO's outstanding presentations beyond the borders of the Czech Republic are the exhibition Light Sculptures designed for Lodz Design Festival 2011 in Poland, a curated pop-up store for the exhibition Multiplicity at the London Design Festival 2011, and the presentation of the book OKOLO Mollino at the cult concept store 10 Corso Como in Milan.

OKOLO, Subjects of Interest
1.12. – 20.12.2012
Designgalleriet, Odengatan 21, Stockholm
Curated by: Adam Štěch
Graphic design: Matěj Činčera, Jan Kloss
Installation and concept: OKOLO
Produced in partnership with: Czech Center in Stockholm, Botas, a.s., The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Stockholm and Czech Trade Stockholm
Media partners: severskelisty.cz, czechdesign.cz, designcabinet.cz

We have released our Mollino book in three new colors including gold, red and silver. Available directly from us. Only few pieces in the stock.

We are finishing our exhibition OKOLO - Subjects of Interest which presents last three years of our work in The Stockholm-based Designgalleriet.

Prepared for Designgalleriet in Stockholm in collaboration with The Czech Centres, the exhibition presents our work in six different sections including publications, product design, cycling, exhibition projects, fashion and last but not least personal work of each member of the collective.

4 - 21 December 2012, Odengatan 21, Designgalleriet, Stockholm

More about the exhibition, which opens at Monday evening very soon.

Thanks to all collaborators and participating designers and artists for their help during our The Mirror exhibition earlier this month in Prague

The Mirror show is a curated exhibition of contemporary art and design, presenting the mirror as both a beautiful functional object and as poetic subject for experimentation. The exhibition, curated by Klára Šumová and OKOLO, documents a strong trend in past years of creating mirrors in the context of contemporary experimental design. The exhibition looks for new shapes, archetypes, the newest trends, as well as a history of typology.

The mirror – it is a reflection of our own world, one that is duplicating and creating precise inverse copies of our reality. The mirror represents a magical object without which we would never know what we look like. As an object, it tells stories which we wish to disclose, and tells them back to us so that we may see them in the right light. The poetical yet surrealist quality of the mirror has always stirred artists, writers, and thinkers, in their ideas and visions. Thus, the mirror has become an object of artistic and philosophical notions, ideas that have frequently found their place on paintings, pages of novels, verses, and films. The mirror is an object that will never cease to fascinate – including the world of design and art. 

The exhibition aims to present the mirror not only as a magical object full of imagination and inspiration, but also as a typological theme for designers. They consider the mirror, like all other objects, as a functional and aesthetically balanced object, the production of which requires certain specific features. The exhibition shows various forms of the mirror perceived by contemporary designers and artists. Thus, they face the problem of how to depict the mirror or one of its motifs in their own artistic interpretation. Diverse approaches of contemporary designers are confronted with works of art by visual artists who have also chosen the motif of the mirror as their theme. The result not only presents a set of functional objects, but also a complex perspective of mirrors considered from both functional, formal points of view, as well as from the purely artistic, philosophical, and idea-based points of view. 

Zrcadlo/The Mirror

Designblok 2012
Superstudio Clam-Gallasův palác
Husova 20, Prague

Participating Atists:
Michal Bačák, Jiří and Viktorie Belda, Jakub Berdych, Camille Blin, Radek Brousil, Uli Budde, deForm, Marco Dessí, Simon Donald, Beatrice Durandard, Antonín Hepnar, Matěj Chabera, Lucie Koldová & Dan Yeffet, Tomáš Král, Blanka Kirchner, Romain Lagrange, Leeda + Dušan Tománek, Kai Linke, Llev, mischer'traxler, Jan Novák, OS ∆ OOS, Jacques-Elie Ribeyron, Adrien Rovero, Klára Šumová, Michaela Tomišková, Jana Trávníčková, Maxim Velčovský, Dirk Wright, Giorgia Zanellato, Martin Žampach

Adam Štěch, Klára Šumová

Graphic design:
Matěj Činčera, Jan Kloss

Lenka Míková (edit!)


Studio Činčera, Signpek, Primalex, Designblok, Elle Decor

Media partners:
Architonic, Cool Hunting, Matandme, SightUnseen

Photo by Jaroslav Moravec

There are some pictures from our installation of Light Sculptures exhibition during very nice event Dizajnvíkend in Bratislava.

Thanks to Andrea and Lubica and others for very nice collaboration and invitation!

From today we are presenting smaller version of our Light Sculptures exhibition at Dizajnvíkend in Bratislava.

Come to Pisztory palace and see our exhibition, as well as lecture about Czech modernist lightning at 3 pm, Thursday 20 September.

Also we are participating at Pecha Kucha night in Bratislava at 8.20 pm Thursday 20 September.

19 – 23 September 2012
Pisztory Palace, Štefánikova 25, Bratislava

Olympics in London are over. So there is a time for recapitulation. We have discovered five extraordinary sports stadiums built for the Olympics during the second half of the 20th century. Everything in our very own illustration.

Here you have a short survey with the name of the architects, city and year. Your architectural Olympics can start!

Pier Luigi Nervi, Palazzetto dello Sport, Rom, 1960

Kenzo Tange, Tokio, 1964

Felix Candela, Mexico City, 1968

Günther Behnisch a Frei Otto, Mnichov, 1972

Roger Taillibert, Montreal, 1976

Our new project on show at Greece right now.

Light Sculptures is a curated exhibition in the box. We have produced it for Santorini Biennale of Arts held at Santorini Island in Greece this summer. Exhibited at Computer house venue in Pyrgos, the project includes prints featuring historical selection of Czech modernist table lamps originated between 1950 and 1990.

The project follows our previous real exhibitions of these lamps held in Prague and Lodz, but now the lamps are represented by the illustrations only. The timelime and the text about the selection are also included.

See our previous real exhibitions and read about the concept of the lamps selection here.

Photos by Jaroslav Moravec

Our next project includes miniature setting of the legendary seaplanes race held during the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s.

Called Schneider cup, the race is the most famous airplanes race in the history. Specifically created for seaplanes only, the Schneider cup was founded by financier, pilot of the baloon and airplane enthusiast Jacques Schneider (1879–1928) in 1911 as a platform for technical development of the seaplanes, which were predicted as airplanes of the future. Eleven races were held during 1913 - 1931 in the USA, Italy, United Kingdom and France. There were pilots from these four seaplanes superpowers only, who competeted for the main prize, the sculpture of a girl with wings on the sea level. In 1927, 1929 and 1931, the race was won by English pilots on Supermarine S.6B airplane, so the prize remained in the UK for all the time. Today, you can see it at the London Science Museum.

With our light installation made out of balsa wood and includes schematic landscape, three models of real seaplanes and graphic and text content, we pay homage to the Schneider cup as the exceptional event in the history of airplanes, culture, as well as design. The seaplanes represents beautifully designed machines with the great formal and functional qualities. Our work includes three of the famous planes from the history of the competition. Curtiss R3C-2 biplane was the most successful American airplane in the competition. Supermarine S.6B with Rolls Royce engine designed by Reginald Joseph Mitchell was the fastest airplane in the Schneider cup with speed of 547 km/h. The last one, Savoia-Marchetti S.65 with two propellers was developed in 1929, but never entered the race due to technical problems.

Photo by Jaroslav Moravec

Our next editorial for Esprit magazine is dedicated to famous design scenes in the classic movies.

Including design objects from 2001: A Space Odyssey, La Piscine or one movie of the James Bond series, the selection speaks about the importance of interiors and decorations in the movies of 1950s and 1960s.

Our favorite gallery and experimental space for contemporary design Depot Basel has published small brochure on all the projects which has been done since its founding.

Designed by Deutsche & Japaner, the brochure showcases all the exhibitions, publicatons and presentations which were held at the old warehouse in Basel in two last years. The pages include our publication Radical Sitting for Depot Basel as well.

Thanks for possibility to be part of this great project and good luch for next adventure.

Again in the full work back from beautiful landscape of Italian coastline of Liguria, where we have prepared materials for our upcoming special issue OKOLO Liguria coming out this autumn.

Stay tuned and see our Liguria adventures and news about our upcoming magazine.

The biggest thanks to Fulvio Ferrari and his family for support and our pop-up office in his house.

Our Mollino book on legendary Italian modernist Carlo Mollino is still available in the next edition of 80 pieces. This week among others at Do You Read Me?! pop-up exhibition at Design Miami/Basel.

Come, buy and admire life and work of wonderful hedonist Carlo Mollino!

For the last issue of Esprit magazine we have prepared another text and illustration. This time on hidden organic architecture from the 1950s and 1960s featuring 8 unique houses from all round the world.

Last month on Salone del Mobile we have exhibited our Mollino book in the installation of Fulvio and Napoleone Ferrari at 10 Corso Como concept store.

Small presentation of the curators from Casa Mollino, who also had collaborated on our book, has included some of the publications on Carlo Mollino as well as shelve with some objects referring to the designer and his work. The installation was a brief invitation for exhibition called Carlo Mollino, Mollino Pharmacy which is now on show at Nottingham Contemporary museum in UK. It includes our book as well. More info soon.

Thanks for the opportunity to exhibit in the legendary concept store and mainly thanks to Fulvio Ferrari (pictured above) for his kind collaboration during our architecture and design adventurous in Italy.

Commissioned by Depot Basel from Basel, Switzerland, Radical Sitting, Hidden Experiments in Seating Furniture 1900 - 1990

 is an illustrated curated book including timeline of some of the lesser known, but really interesting experiments in the seating furniture designed during the 20th century. The project was created for SEATS 05 exhibition at Depot Basel.

For its photo-shooting we have teamed up with photographer Jaroslav Moravec and Prague-based Vitra showroom, where we have shot this series of pictures including beautiful Vitra chairs miniatures. The result are "surrealistic" still lives where miniature chairs create compositional background for lesser known icons of the 20th century design, this time in the form of our publication only. Maybe sometimes, they will have their own miniatures too.

Text from the publication:

Presented in the context of the SEATS 05 exhibition project by the Depot Basel gallery, which focuses on unusual forms of contemporary seating furniture, this concise publication deals with various principles of lesser known experimental seating furniture made from 1900 to 1990. We search for hidden icons from the history of design over the last century that still offer a fresh perspective on the theme of sitting in its diverse forms. 

Radical Sitting, Hidden Experiments in Seating Furniture 1900 – 1990 brings together a time axis of 25 various pieces of seating furniture from the whole world. Chairs, armchairs, stools, chaise longues, and sofas tell stories of designers and artists and their perpetual urge to experiment and make formal or functional innovations in the field of sitting. Thus, our selection introduces clear historical contexts into the current exhibition project by the Depot Basel gallery and strives to present lesser known designer works, which not only enrich our knowledge in the field of applied arts, but also stir inspiration in contemporary designers who look for the new, undiscovered, unconventional, and experimental as their predecessors did. Our selection could certainly include a myriad of other brilliant designs that are probably more famous than the ones presented here. However, our selection deliberately concentrates on less commonplace designs. Apart from other things, we wish to demonstrate the fact that designer innovation has not always been in the hands of the most renowned iconic designers, as one might conclude from the current interpretation of the development of design.

The following pages show a conceptually created selection of experimental seating furniture, which strives to set up a continuous historical line and highlight essential innovations in the field of sitting in various periods, as well as reveal genuine unique pieces that were without parallel in their time. All the examples depicted herein are characterized by visual or functional distinctiveness or uniqueness no matter what issue is tackled – whether a chair should have eight legs or just one is addressed, or whether it features an innovative functional solution. Each style is represented by the most interesting unique pieces found during the course of our research. We also attempt to provide an even geographical representation in order to create an overall global perspective of the given issue. 

Last but not least, our brochure should serve the designers themselves – they could use it as a “source book” for their production and find, with a little help, the right path to set out on. The rear part contains several empty pages that function as a notepad. If you take interest in something from our selection or find inspiration in it, you can immediately make notes. Radical Sitting, Hidden Experiments in Seating Furniture 1900 – 1990 is far from aspiring to create a comprehensive study on radical seating furniture. On the contrary, it outlines an unknown history to current professionals and laypersons, creates contexts, and at the very least, presents truly unique designer works that deserve our attention.

Thanks Matylda Krzykowski, Depot Basel, Vitra and Jaroslav Moravec.

Here is our second editorial for Prague-based lifestyle magazine Esprit. This time about flying adventures of the 1920s and 1930s.

We have select four important airplanes of the era and their stories about long distance or expedition flights. The result is the illustration of the sky full of beautiful flying machines of the first half of 20th century.

We are media partners of The Front Room: Geometry and Color exhibition in Milan next week. Curated by our friend Matylda Krzykowski and Marco Gabriele Lorusso, the exhibition is the group show of experimental designers whose work is all about geometry and colors.

The event will take place at Ca' Laghetto - Via Laghetto 11 right in the heart of Milan. Come and have a look at the wonderful objects and enjoy the moment with the designers. We are looking forward to seeing you there! Opening at 18th April 2012.

For the upcoming series of interviews with some of participating designers here on OKOLO, we have teamed up with Matylda Krzykowski and illustrator and artist Jana Trávníčková who presents designers works on collages in the context of designers answers on their Milan visit.

Stay tuned and see personal recommendations and experiences for visiting places and events in Milan from Daphna Isaacs, Lex Pott, Dana Cannam,
OS ∆ OOS and others. Our personal Milan preview is here!

Our Light Sculptures exhibition at DOX by Qubus concept store was created in collaboration with designer Jakub Berdych from Qubus studio who created free form installation using glass tables and visual abstraction of the cables. As a whole it resembles large lightning space object.

The installation starts chronologically in the 1950s, when the Czechoslovak industrial and interior design had an advantage because it was not forced to conform strictly to the period’s socialist realism and historicism in such areas as fine arts. In the field of lighting design, Czech designers tended towards the style of international modernism, which dominated throughout the architecture and design of almost entire civilized world. Lighting design, in this context, is often reminiscent of principles typical of modern visual arts, primarily of abstractionism and the upcoming kinetic art, which was suppressed by socialist realism in the former Czechoslovakia. Thus, lamps – like the period’s glass production – became one of few possible materializations of modernist ideas, which had been fully repressed for some time in the field of fine arts. Lights are delicate statues with a luminous function. This holds true for both the production in the newly established producer cooperatives, such as Napako, Drupol, Lidokov, and Zukov, and the hand-crafted lights by Alena Nováková, Antonín Hepnar, and others. Their aesthetics and designing methods approximated modernist designs of European and American designers in many aspects. Although the forms are similar, the quality of workmanship often lags behind the brilliant works of French and Italian designers such as Angelo Lelli, Gino Sarfatti, Boris Lacroix, Michel Buffet, and Jacques Biny. Refined metals and detailed workmanship were substituted with imitations and substandard quality of socialist production. The unique table lamp designed by Jaroslav Anýž, a descendant of the famous pre-war lighting brand, also displayed at this exhibition, serves as an exception to these average works. This lamp, designed for the national enterprise of Lustry in Kamenický Šenov, is a technically and aesthetically artful combination of three materials: the base is made from Ditmar Urbach porcelain, the body from metal, and the shade from glass. Other lamps designed by Josef Hůrka, Pavel Grus, and others are very elegant and feature great visual aspects despite some workmanship flaws. Czech design, for that matter, struggled with the confrontation of great design and imperfect workmanship throughout the communist regime.

The organic decorative aesthetics of the so-called Brussels style, named in Czechoslovakia in relation to the world exhibition in Brussels in 1958, dominated until the late 1960s, with table lamps of various elegant delicate shapes made in the above-mentioned producer cooperatives serving as the best example. It was in the 1970s when new impulses arrived – the simplification and monumentalization of new forms. The works of designers/artists/artisans Růžena Žertová and Antonín Hepnar stood out most in that period and continued to do so into the 1980s. The unique lights, which they made themselves in very limited editions, correspond with the period’s interest in space-age design and minimalism. One could easily find links with the decorative design of European designers Michel Boyer, Maria Pergay, Kim Moltzer, and Boris Tabakoff, whose works were also related to small-lot production and limited means. The impact of the futurist Italian designs by Joe Colombo and others, or their period presence, is also evident. Antonín Hepnar’s work – later, he started to experiment with halogen and very minimalist shapes – focuses on wooden lathed shapes, whereas the work of Brno-based architect Růžena Žertová specialized in metal.

Thus, the exhibition presents several fundamental works of Czech design from the second half of the twentieth century and partially documents its stylistic development on the single typological example. Most objects on display are presented in such a curatorial selection for the first time. Through their joint context, we strive to rediscover a neglected chapter in the history of Czech design and typology of table lamps.

Photos by Jaroslav Moravec

Our Light Sculptures exhibition at DOX presenting Czech table lamps from the period of 1950 - 1990 is open until 26th April.

Today we bring you some pictures from the preparing of the exhibition and its graphic design which is very strong part of the whole exhibition concept. All the lamps standing on the glass tables have captions with illustrations hanging on the walls beside. Captions are durable paper cards with simple iconography of lamps on them. Again we have to thank Atelier Činčera for its paper production mastery.

Stay tuned and see the whole installation next week!

Photos by Matěj Činčera

We were commissioned by Depot Basel exhibition project from Basel, Switzerland to create a small publication for their next design project SEATS 05.

Starting this friday, the project includes some smaller installations and exhibitions including workshop with designers Sibylle Stoeckli and Christian Horisberger re-interpreting Enzo Mari`s Do it Yourself chairs from 1974, Take a Seat exhibition as well as launch of our new book called Radical Sitting, Hidden Experiments in Seating Furniture 1900 - 1990. Our book explores experimental seating furniture from the 20th century in the special curated selection and pure illustrations.

Supported by Roser, Magazin and Vitra Design Museum as well as OKOLO as media partner, the project explores new possibilities of seating design and its forms and functions.

Thanks Matylda for very nice collaboration.

Stay tune and see our book soon!

Some time ago I have prepared curated slideshow of my Italian architectural adventurous for New York-based blog Sight Unseen. Thanks editor Monica Khemsurov very much for editing it and very nice story which prepared on our activities.

All the houses you will see in the future here as well or in one of our upcoming publications.

For the special fashion issue of Prague-based Esprit magazine, we have prepared this simple editorial including illustration of some lesser known fashion Icons and text on them.

Editorial includes Willardy handbag from the 1950s, Emilio Pucci and his stylish 1960s transparent helmet for air hostesses of the Braniff Airlines, Oliver Goldsmith eye wear and Lego shoes by Balenciaga or experimental jewelry from 1970s. Everything together creates hidden history of fashion accessories.

Come 8 March for the opening and see our latest exhibition about vintage table lamps!

Thanks all the blogs and magazines featuring our OKOLO Mollino book including Hypebeast, Its Nice That, Yatzer, Selectism and many many others.

Now the book was published again. This time on Surface Magazine website. And this post is one and only real original article from all the published pieces on the blogs. Thanks to writer Doug Black, who made small interview with us, for his editing work.

Featuring the famous Bisiluro car designed by Carlo Mollino for The 24 Hours Le Mans competition in 1955, our new t-shirt is the best product for all Mollino fans.

According to our new book about Carlo Mollino we have created a t-shirt with the graphic motive of the Bisiluro 750 car which Mollino designed with Enrico Nardi and Mario Damonte for The 1955 24 Hours Le Mans competition. Bisiluro is a fascinating vehicle in the shape of the aerodynamic styling inspired bw Mollino furniture designs as well as 1950s Italian bodywork mastery. However, the car was pushed away from the race after three hours only by winner of this competition, Mike Hawthorn with his Jaguar D-Type.

More about the story in our book.

For the launch of our Mollino book featured in the last story we have prepared this small installation related to the book, as well as some aspects of Mollino`s life.

The installation we created in the 3DH furniture showroom for the occasion of the presentation only. It included original Mollino`s Cavour table which is in the production of Zanotta now, as well as several books on Mollino or special designed prints showing visual style of the book and its paper models.

Again thanks 3DH showroom, Studio Činčera and Signpek print.

Photo Filip Šlapal

Carlo Mollino represents one of the most authentic creative figures of the last century. Mollino became a modern Renaissance man whose production embraced the entire cultural and technological world of his time thanks to his undisguised love of life and everything that our world offers. For us in OKOLO, the artist personifies a phenomenal medium of creativity and entertainment, which presents a broad spectrum of most our interests through the life of a single person.

This book and original products serve as our tribute to the master. We pay tribute to a hedonist who managed to enjoy life to the fullest, surrounded by everything he was fascinated and amused by.

The book, which presents the work of Carlo Mollino in a different way than usual, is divided into six basic chapters, i.e. six life stages and six of Mollino’s passions. Apart from a text on a specific theme, each part brings a materialized symbol of Mollino’s creativity. Thus, the reader can assemble miniature models of Mollino’s fascinating projects, implementations, and symbols related to Mollino’s life. Paper models serve to update the versatile activities of the charming Italian and place his work into a new context. Mollino will be gradually presented as a visionary designer, excellent architect, courageous race driver, fearless acrobatic pilot, style-setting skier, photographer and womanizer. Mollino is a phenomenon.

Foreword for the book was written by Fulvio Ferrari, curator of the Casa Mollino.

The book was created in the collaboration with Studio Činčera, Signpek print, 3DH furniture showroom and Casa Mollino. Thanks!

We have approached young artist and illustrator Jana Trávníčková to help us with the project for The Prague-based fashion store Bella Brutta and one of its representative brands, Brazilian shoes icon Melissa.

The result is the series of graphic collages where Melissa shoes are used as beautiful shapes and colors elements and together set up the rich world of passion and dynamism inspired not only by the Brazilian living and nature.

In collaboration with Bella Brutta fashion boutique, we would like to pay homage to the iconic Brazilian Melissa shoes. You will certainly take their unmistakable material, shapes, and specific fragrance to heart. Melissa has elicited a revolution in the design of ladies’ shoes over the last decade and shifted them into new designer contexts by means of such an ordinary, yet unique material in their version as plastic. The Brazilian brand started to cooperate with local designers in the beginning. After launching products designed by the great Campana brothers in 2005 on the occasion of 25 years of its existence, the brand appealed to many other designers who were able to interpret a plastic shoe in a specific way. Since then, the brand has collaborated with such prominent figures as Zaha Hadid, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, and legendary Italian designer Gaetano Pesce. Thus, all of them, plus the in-house designer team, have contributed to creating a contemporary fashion icon, which links the ordinary with ingenious ideas from the world of top design and fashion. The plastic icon can be purchased in Bella Brutta boutique. 

Bella Brutta is an original fashion boutique that offers original and less known world brands in the Czech Republic. Apart from Melissa, one can find products from such brands as Custo Barcelona, Scotch&Soda, EMU, Sanita, Sita Murt and others.

More about Bella Brutta and Melissa in our OKOLO Vienna Only magazine.

Stay tuned and see new Melissa shoes for the upcoming season in the next post!

Our complete graphic work for OKOLO and Pedal Project is now in the permanent collection of The Prague-based Museum of Decorative Arts (UPM).


We are so happy to announced the first collaboration with our favorite SightUnseen, The New York-based blog from two former editors of I.D. Magazine Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer.

They reposted our report from Tobias Rehberger`s studio and office with additional photos and text prepared for this occasion only.

So follow SightUnseen and see its newest article as well as their very beautiful jewelry e-shop (we were writing about it some time ago) and next collaborative projects with us on SightUnseen as well as on OKOLO in 2012.

Thanks SightUnseen!

The third issue of OKOLO magazine is also exceptional for its typography. We started from scratch and asked our friend Jan Novák, a talented young typographer, to create a new typeface for the special Viennese issue. The result is the OkoloMono typeface, which we present in our magazine for the first time.

The new OkoloMono typeface is a homage to the legendary London Underground font designed by Edward Johnston in 1916 (which is still used in the visual style of the London underground). It is derived from its circular proportion, maintained in the minuscules. However, capitals are considerably narrowed due to the fixed size of the type body. The typeface includes an underline; capitals constitute a part of the font suitable for headlines and for natural highlighting in the text.

The font pack comes with Adolf Loos and his Ornament and Crime text (1908) and brochure with the samples of the font usages.

OkoloMono pack you can order via our website or directly from Jan Novák and his website.

The third number of OKOLO magazine is on travellers’ note since we went for a trip to the former imperial city of Vienna. Renowned for Art Nouveau, traditional crafts, architect Adolf Loos, gigantic schnitzels, and delicious coffee, the city prepared for us a series of unique encounters thanks to which we were able to form our own perspective of the Austrian capital. Thus, OKOLO Vienna Only brings a selection of articles, reports, editorials and photo essays that, in our opinion, deal with the most interesting places, people, and objects in Vienna. We found hidden masters and their crafts, young perspective designers, and passionate collector who preserve their treasures concealed in secrecy. The result is a monothematic magazine which, however, reflects all our interests thanks to the diversity of individual articles – this time, with a single exception, exclusively in the centre of the genteel city on the river Danube. You can find here reports from workshops of Carl Auböck, shoemaker Georg Materna and Thomas Posenanski, photo editorial from unique cycling collection of Michael Embacher, essay about Viennese utopian architects or short interview with Marco Dessí. Illustrated survey of Austrian design icons and guide for the traditional Viennese fashion is also included. And much more.

OkoloMono font was designed by Jan Novák for the magazine only. (about it in the next post)

Thanks all the collaborators and contributors!

We are part of the special curated pop-up shop at Phillips de Pury in London. Selected by Brent Dzekciorius, the show presents some of the most interesting talents in design, fashion and graphics.

Visit Phillips de Pury gallery and buy some of our products there. Among others, OKOLO Mollino book or Owls sculptures designed by Antonín Hepnar for us.

Thanks Phillips de Pury for the opportunity to be part of it.

Opening this evening, DesignSUPERMARKET offers wide selection of Young designers and brands selling their products. Find OKOLO and Pedal Project and our new t-shirts, magazines and some other products!

Thanks Ellie Stathaki from Wallpaper for this nice article about Atelier 66 which we produce as a limited edition print with illustration by Jana Trávníčková.

Here is text about this amazing modernist practice from Greece by Wallpaper architecture editor Ellie Stathaki.

I admit to being susceptible to the charms of a good old clean and geometric piece of modern concrete architecture. When this comes with beautiful execution and richness of materiality, a theoretical approach to match, the occasional splash of show stopping colour and the background of a warm Mediterranean climate, the picture comes close to perfect. And it’s always a bonus, when the subject is one of the lesser-known gems of modernity.

While relatively unknown outside their home country, Greek architect couple Dimitris and Suzana Antonakakis are a pair of the most influential names popping up in the local contemporary architecture history books, artfully translating locally Modern architecture.

Working together since 1959, the couple set up Athens-based practice Atelier 66 in 1965, which they founded together with architect Eleni Gousi Desylla. Their approach combines clean forms and modernist teachings and inspiration, adapted to the Greek climate and material palette, while distinctly incorporating colour and texture.

Their work ranges from cultural projects, like the beautifully modest and elegantly geometric Archaeological Museum of Chios Island, to colourful hospitality ones (like the Lyttos Hotel in Crete, 1979) as well as classic examples of the polykatoikies typology (standard Greek blocks of flats) – the apartment building of Emanouil Benaki Street (1973) in the Greek capital being a prime example.

It was indeed their residential commissions – multi- and single-family houses - that further defined their architecture, thoroughly modern yet at the same time routed to the country’s building vernacular. Coining their personal style with the early-days Oxylithos Residences (a series of 2 vacation houses on the island of Euboea, built in 1973 and 1977 respectively) they went on to create an extended body of residential work through the 70s, 80s and 90s. Among my favourites of the couple’s works are the House in Akrotiri (1978) on the island of Crete and the much later House in the Thrakomakedones area of Athens (1989).

Sparking the interest of renowned architectural historian Kenneth Frampton, a monograph on their work was produced by Rizzoli in the 1980s - now undoubtedly a real collectors item. Having exhibited work at venues as prestigious as the Centre Pompidou and the Palais de Chaillot in Paris and knowing their prominent role and position in their country’s architecture scene, it is would be no less than mere injustice to characterise their work as ‘obscure’. Yet I cannot help but feel that the Antonakakis couple’s work deserves more international credit.

Given the fact that so many equally interesting examples around the continent (like Belgian Juliaan Lampens, Brit Brian Housden or even fellow-Greek Alexandros Tombazis) remain similarly largely unknown outside their home countries (on some occasions, even their home towns), perhaps this is part of the fate and appeal of regional European mid-century modern.

More about Atelier 66 on the print which is available directly from us.

Finally we have here review from our exhibition at Lodz Design Festival. Above you can read whole text about the concept of the exhibition presented on our posters for the exhibition, as well as discover some of the highlights of the show next to the hidden icons which we could not discover in the archives. So presented them in illustrations only.

Pictures from the installation above as well.

Thanks Lodz Design Festival for the opportunity to be part of it and all the collaborators of the exhibition.

Here you can see our graphics to the Light Sculptures exhibition held this week at The Lodz Design Festival.

On the exhibition we present not only the exhibited lamps, but also this posters showing some of the highlights of the exhibition and some illustrations of the lamps which we could not find during our research.

Lodz Design Festival, 20 - 30 October 2011

Inspired by everything from the functionalist architecture to the visuality of the classic American work-wear, we completed our installation at the Prague Designblok 2011 last week.

Together with Pedal Project we showed some our new as well as classic products in the elaborated styling, especially influenced by the look of our original exhibition space in the Šporkovský palác built in the 18th century, where famous Czech architect Josef Gočár made his own reconstruction during the 1920s. To his dark wood panelling interior we added modernist steel chairs, as well as wood table designed by Czech modernist designer Jindřich Halabala. Shelves made out of wood and strings were perfect choice to complete our natural vision.

Above you can see photo editorial from our exposition.

Foto Jaroslav Moravec

Last month we presented our own pop-up store at The London Design Week in the UK. Here we have some pictures of it.

We were selling our products as well as some interesting projects by Antonín Hepnar, Pedal-Project, Daniel and Emma, Jan Činčera or Chain L. We have designed unique graphic prints for the shop as well. You can see them and buy them later on this blog.

This week we are exhibited at Designblok 2011 in Prague. Please, come to Šporkovský palác in the Hybernská street and see some our latest projects in our small exposition, whose intimate installation is based on the theme of functionalism, simplicity and comments of the original interior by Czech architect Josef Gočár from 1920s.

Thanks for interest and support.

Stay tuned and see more pictures from our London pop-up store, as well as our new features and collaborations with The Wallpaper magazine.

After we came back from The London Design Festival we would like to publish our recent activities and projects.

First of all we present pictures from our curated installation called "Contemporary Italian Plastic Chair?" which has been shown at Ahoj, Design! festival during the first weekend in September in Prague. We installed several contemporary plastic chairs of the recent years produced by Italian companies such as Moroso, Magis, Kartell, Plank or Driade in an empty space of the old ship. All the chairs were designed by foreign designers. For an example by Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, Marcel Wanders and many others. So we have been asking ourself if it is still Italian design or not, when the Italian classic companies hire the international creators. And what do You think about it?

We would like to thank 3DH and Konsepti for their support.

Photo by Michal Šeba

Yesterday we have launched our long-time preparing book OKOLO Mollino. In collaboration with printers from Signpek, design paper masters from Studio Činčera, friends from 3DH showroom and Fulvio Ferrari from Casa Mollino in Turin we created a decent graphic gem.

Thank You very much for the help and support as well as all friends and visitors who came yesterday and enjoy our new book.

Now available in 3DH showroom as well as another stores and museums following, the book in edition of 80 pieces tells story about Italian design genius, Carlo Mollino.

The World of Carlo Mollino

Carlo Mollino represents one of the most authentic creative figures of the last century. Mollino became a modern Renaissance man whose production embraced the entire cultural and technological world of his time thanks to his undisguised love of life and everything that our world offers. For us in OKOLO, the artist personifies a phenomenal medium of creativity and entertainment, which presents a broad spectrum of most our interests through the life of a single person.

This book and original products serve as our tribute to the master. We pay tribute to a hedonist who managed to enjoy life to the fullest, surrounded by everything he was fascinated and amused by.

The book, which presents the work of Carlo Mollino in a different way than usual, is divided into six basic chapters, i.e. six life stages and six of Mollino’s passions. Apart from a text on a specific theme, each part brings a materialized symbol of Mollino’s creativity. Thus, the reader can assemble miniature models of Mollino’s fascinating projects, implementations, and symbols related to Mollino’s life. Paper models serve to update the versatile activities of the charming Italian and place his work into a new context. Mollino will be gradually presented as a visionary designer, excellent architect, courageous race driver, fearless acrobatic pilot, style-setting skier, photographer and womanizer. Mollino is a phenomenon.

Photo by Filip Šlapal. Stay tuned and see another pictures from the installation.

About the exhibition:

Multiplicity shows the work of five studios based in several cities across Europe. The city has long been an inspirational place for designers and the exhibition explore the influence that the city has on the work of each studio involved.

The intention is to celebrate the city and its diversity as a source of inspiration for designers. Souvenirs, the urban landscape, local traditions, flea markets, they all play a role in making the city an important resource for ideas and a laboratory for design production.

Although most manufacturing centers are located outside the city (often even outside the country) the paradox is that designers continue to live in cities. Somehow the city seems necessary to culturally stimulate designers and help them to understand human needs and behaviors.

Recently, new possibilities for small-scale production have emerged, allowing designers and everyone else to produce things using on-line platforms.
For this exhibition each studio has worked on a specific project related to the city they live in, using web based software linked to CNC, laser cutting and 3D printing machines.

The objects and its digital instructions will be available to buy on-line, or download, during the time of the exhibition at the Ponoko gallery.

In parallel to the exhibition there will be a pop-up shop with selected memorabilia about several cities by Czech collective OKOLO.

Yesterday we received the another wooden masterwork by our favorite collaborator, Czech legendary designer and craftsman Antonín Hepnar. In the very nice old box with the op-art pattern we found 15 owls.

His Owl is simple and brilliantly made decorative object in the abstract form. Designed in 1983 in the bigger size, our Owl is smaller and produced in the edition of 15 pieces. Commissioned specially for our London Pop-up store which is held at London Design Festival this week, the Owl is the great example of the unique Czech design and craft.

More about our London exposition in the next topic.

Today we have finished completion of our upcoming OKOLO Mollino book.

In the workshop of the packaging designer Jan Činčera in Prague we completed binding and all the hand made paper work.

Thanks Studio Činčera and its mastery with paper craft very much for the support and see you this tuesday, 20 September in the 3DH showroom, Prague-Karlín, where we will launch the book.

Finally we will present our special book about the legendary Italian designer Carlo Mollino. Please, come 20th September at 7 pm to 3DH furniture showroom in Prague and see the book and small exhibition about Mollino as well.

Some times ago we were asked by Komfort Magazine to make a special editorial for the inside covers of the 6th issue with the detective theme.

We made a graphic layout as a puzzle about 1950s folding chairs. The first page shows abstract symbols of the chairs and the last page presents what these abstract pictures of the folded chairs mean.

Here is the text to the editorial:

Developing the perfect construction of the folding chair is the detective work for any designer. When we have a look in unfolded as well as compound constructions of these three chairs from 1950s, we explore three different creative manners, which are on the track of the ideal formal and functional composition.

Right now we are finishing our third issue of OKOLO magazine. This time only about Vienna.

Called OKOLO Vienna Only, the magazine will be full of reports, articles and editorials about the most interesting design spots and facts from Vienna.

As a special gift for every participant and collaborator in our Vienna Only issue we created this original blind magazine with white pages only. In edition of 20 pieces, this conceptual print object is the great preview of the magazine itself.

Stay tuned and see more!

Contemporary Italian plastic chair? This question is the main concept of our small curated installation held this weekend at the Ahoj, Design! festival on the riverside in Prague.

Come to Rašínovo nábřeží and see old boat with the selling exhibition of the young designers, as well as special presentations, music concerts and our exhibition about contemporary Italian plastic chair.

More about the concept on the boat or next week on the blog here.

Ross Lovegrove, LDN bicycle for Biomega (2010) and Pod Lens lights for Luceplan (1998)
Ross Lovegrove, LDN bicycle for Biomega (2010) and Pod Lens lights for Luceplan (1998)
Christophe Machet, Camioncyclette (2010) and Mipmap stool (2009)
Christophe Machet, Camioncyclette (2010) and Mipmap stool (2009)
Luigi Colani, Bicycle (1974) and TV-Relax lounge for Kusch & Co (1968)
Luigi Colani, Bicycle (1974) and TV-Relax lounge for Kusch & Co (1968)
Jean Prouvé, Bicycle (1941) and Standard chair (1934)
Jean Prouvé, Bicycle (1941) and Standard chair (1934)
Richard Sapper, Ellettromontaggi SRL Zoom bicycle (1995) and Tizio lamp for Artemide (1972)
Richard Sapper, Ellettromontaggi SRL Zoom bicycle (1995) and Tizio lamp for Artemide (1972)

OKOLO Design ride is our very own graphic series which we have created for the cycling-themed exhibition Velocypedia at the Prague National Technical library in collaboration with artist Jana Trávníčková.

Five graphic prints present five original bike creations by five different interior designers of the past and today as well next to their signature furniture or lightning design. Bikes are confronted with the interior objects and represented the another view on the work of these design heavyweights.

"The cut pieces of wood lost their lives and could, as
being their last exhalation, bring us warmth if we decided
to burn them…
Instead we figured out a way in which the splinters can
carry out their energy and verve for a longer period.

A swing expresses liveliness and evokes an instant
feeling of freedom, this is what we aspire the splinters
to communicate.

Simply hang it and the object itself does the job.
People passing by will hopefully be pleasantly surprised
and feel the urge to swing on it!"

Daphna Isaacs and Laurense Manders

Last year we have commissioned Dutch design duo Daphna Isaacs and Laurens Manders from Eindhoven to design any simple object from our OKOLO splinters.

Project which was created in the context of our Wood Style editorial in OKOLO Next Step magazine started with the sending of 15 splinters to Eindhoven and continued with the receiving of the completed swing which was the great result of dutch designers`s invention.

Daphna Isaacs and Laurens Manders presented our taste very much and with their swing called Back to the Woods created from splinters and rope only, completed our vision of Wood Style with the best.

Here you can check photo editorial we have made with the Back to the Woods swing in our homeland of north Bohemian. We took it into the deepest forests with the best outdoor equipment and had a big fan.

Enjoy too!

As a result of our Wood Style blog series we are making the special printed object. Whole Wood Style blog will be printed on a roll of paper and put it into the special box. New form of the printed media will be released. Suddenly, the virtual internet blog will be published on the piece of paper.

If You like our special thematic blog, You can order this Wood Style blog in the box and have Your favorite articles from the web in Your print archives. The box is for order only. So contact us on okoloshop@gmail.com and get Your box!

Today starts the group show called Velocypedia in Galerie NTK in The National Technical Library in Prague. Its curators Milan Mikuláštík and Lenka Kukurová have selected some of the most interesting artworks ranging sculptures, paintings, videos, installations as well as design and architecture on the theme of cycling.

OKOLO is represented there by the original poster concept called Design Ride, which shows curated selection of the bicycles creating in 20th and 21st centuries by some of the prolific interior designers. Bicycles by Jean Prouvé or Richard Sapper, among others, stand next to the designers famous furniture or lightning creations and create new contexts of their work. Everything on the minimalist drawings with the stories about the single bicycles.

Velocydepia, 4. 5.- 24. 5. 2011, Galerie NTK, National Technical Library, Technická 6, Prague

More about the project with detailed pictures after our Wood Style blog.

Cannondale F1000 Woody, 2002
Paul Kjaerholm, Snedkerier lounge chairs, 1952
Alex Hellum, Stool for Scp, 2009
Nanna and Jorgen Ditzel, Walking stick for Kold, 1958
Ib Kofod-Larsen, Rocking chair for Christensen + Larsen, 1950
Glass Hill, Chair for Phillips de Pury, 2010
Jorre van Ast, Nomad table for Arco, 2009
Paavo Tynell, Chandelier for Taito, 1950s
Big-Game, Deer for Vlaemsch, 2005
Antonín Hepnar, Candlesticks, 1970s
Yngve Ekström, Table lamp for AB Ellysett, 1960s
Jasper Morrison, Crate storage for Established and Sons, 2007
Jung-Chen Hung and Chian-en Lu, Tachia Mat for Muji, 2009

The concept of an ascetic forest lodge called Tall Hut, designed for us by the Prague-based studio of A1 Architects, is a perfect shelter for forest enthusiasts. Our own lodge inspired by huntsmen architecture, complete with precisely selected furniture and other interior furnishings, serves as the best reason why a person should spend an entire year in the wild.

There is one exception from our Wood Style blog. Just now we have prepared specially designed poster for the Pecha Kucha night in Prague. This saturday at the 16 of March at 8.20 pm in Aero Cinema, Prague is held Pecha Kucha Global day inspire Japan special event, where you can auction 40 pieces and objects by Czech architects, designers, artists and other creatives for helping the restoring Japan after the earthquake and tsunami. Don`t miss the event and buy one of the interesting works in the auction.

OKOLO has created this poster (detail you can see above) with the special survey called "15 reasons why Japan is the design superpower" featuring 15 phenomenon in which is Japanese design, architecture, style and fashion so unique. The poster includes text about and our minimalist drawings of the examples presenting the single themes.

In the future we will publish detailed pictures, as well as single drawings with whole stories about.

More info about the event on Pecha Kucha.

The spring is beautiful. In the best case we would like to escape into the wild. We can make it on our blog at least. Since now we are on www.okoloweb.com interested in our very own theme called Wood Style. For a next month we will publish here a wide selection of articles related to the theme of wood, forest and living in the nature.

You will see everything from the report about hidden modernist forest lodge in Sweden and wood cycling to the wild life Active Style Guide or visual poetry about Canadian nowhere by our friend Adam Uchytil. Plus many more. Check OKOLO and see the wood.

Earlier this year we have made interview for Czech graphic design magazine Font. Four-pages interview is accompanied by our own graphic editorial created exclusively for this magazine.

In the interview you can read everything about OKOLO, how it had started, what we have created since that and why we are making all these projects about design and everything around. Because the main theme of the magazine is a graphic design of the foundations, we have prepared special graphic scheme of the most interesting architectural foundations around all over the world. Every foundation like Alvar Aalto Foundation, Luis Barragan Foundation or less known foundations of Arthur Erickson and Lina Bo and P. M. Bardi are represented among others by some special drawings visualizing significant architectural realizations of their authors. The result is a nice graphic double page with a lot of text about the architects, too.

In some next weeks we will present here separate drawings of the foundations with some more info about them as well.

OKOLO boxes for our own products
Poster and brochure for Anatomy of ČZ exhibition, February 2010
Antonín Hepnar, The Stamps, October 2010
Poster for CraftDesign exhibition, December 2009
Print for Pecha Kucha presentation, November 2010
Poster system for Designblok 2009 presentation, October 2010
OKOLO boxes for our own products
Cards to the t-shirt collections
Antonín Hepnar, Cadlestick, 1971, reintroduced by OKOLO in 2010
Business cards
Poster for Anatomy of ČZ exhibition, February 2010
Splinter as a symbol of our Next Step magazine, October 2010
Callout system for OKOLO Environment exhibition, October 2010
Tomáš Král and Camille Blin, Pen-Monster for OKOLO The Things collection, October 2010
Cards for our t-shirt collections
Faster than Time graphic series, July 2010
Daphna Isaacs and Laurens Manders, Back to the Woods swing for OKOLO Wood Style edit, October 2010
Goldberrries, Toolbox for Toolbox Redesigned, October 2009
Maxim Velčovský, Toolbox for Toolbox Redesigned, October 2009
Stamps examples from Designblok, October 2010
Logos from OKOLO Environment exhibition, October 2010
OKOLO magazine Next Step, October 2010
Antonín Hepnar, Candlesticks, 1971, reintroduced by OKOLO in 2010
Button for Anatomy of ČZ exhibition, February 2010
Print for Pecha Kucha presentation, November 2010
Jan Činčera, Vase, 2010
Brochure for Retrospective of the Light exhibition, October 2010
Martin Prokeš, Bona Glass for OKOLO The Things collection, November 2009
OKOLO magazine, October 2009
Callout system for Back to the Future exhibition, July 2010
Tomáš Král and Camille Blin, Monster stationary for the OKOLO The Things collection, October 2010

Here is the another OKOLO Review shot by our collaborator Jaroslav Moravec. All the things we produced since October 2009 are featured. These things we composed to the geometric compositions inspired by the modernist painting and graphic design solutions.

We have traveled in time; Back to the Future, July 2010

We have re-discovered the icon of the 1970s decorative arts; Retrospective of the Light, October 2010
We are riding the fixed; Pedal Project collaboration, Fixed gear exhibition, September 2010
We have dismantled "the Pig"; Anatomy of ČZ, February 2010
We have made art from the BMX; BMX Visionarists, October 2009
We have created the impossible contexts on first sight; OKOLO Environment, October 2010
We have explored creative processes; CraftDesign, December 2010
We have transformed forms of design and antiques; Transformation of Things, April 2010
We are producing and collaborating with the best, Things collection, T-shirts, Next Step, 2010

We are balancing our creative business from very own beginning in October 2009 to date. As our little retrospective review we have created two special styling edits with our own products and artifacts we have showed at our curated exhibitions.

In collaboration with very own photographer Jaroslav Moravec we have styled everything to some pictures only.

Here we are showing the first from the stylings, which features all our curated exhibitions representing by most interesting and favourite exhibits from them.

Check it this week for the another styling with our own products and graphic solutions we have made.

Our exhibition Back to the Future held in modernist masterpiece of Ještěd hotel close to Liberec, Czech republic, represented the deep view into the world of futuristic and cosmic inspired design. More info about the exhibition in our Search section, where you can find all texts about it as well as special Future blog, which we have prepared this summer.

There is the short movie showing the installation by our collaborator Jaroslav Moravec.


Our very own collaborator Jaroslav Moravec made for us this special short movie from the exhibition Retrospective of the light, which we prepared for the Designblok 2010 in October in Prague. More about the exhibition you can find in our previous articles in Search section. Enjoy!

We are in the middle of our Snow Week special-themed blog and we are introducing our new logo reincarnation. OKOLO Snowman symbolizes theme of snow and winter in design. Because, snowman is the winter do it yourself architecture entertaining everybody of us.

We use on it newly developed typeface by our friend and collaborator Jan Novák from ctvrtek.net, who is now for some moths in Zürich, world centre of contemporary graphic design. Thanks for this collaboration.

Check our blog and don't miss some new exciting stories about winter and snow in the next days.

OKOLO Next Step magazine is in the stocks of the stores and online on our shop. The second version of our printed magazine includes various themes from design, architecture, style, fashion and culture. All in collaboration with creatives around the world. The main theme is the biggest section called Wood style. It brings some articles and curated editorials, as well as special designed product for us by Dutch designers Daphna Isaacs and Laurens Manders.

At the moment is available in:
Dox by Qubus, Prague
Qubus, Prague
Kubista, Prague
Futurista, Prague
66 GALLERY, Prague
Papelote, Prague
Czech Design, Prague
UPM, Prague
Hard-Decor, Prague
Popout, Prague
U Betlémské Kaple gallery

more places coming soon...

Here is the Introduction from the mag

When presenting the first issue of OKOLO magazine one year ago, we naturally demonstrated our views and passions. Our intention was to depict a wide range of themes from the fields of design history, contemporary design, architecture, and style in a manner different from standard periodicals. Thus, its conceptual approach and presentation of design in an unconventional way became the most essential aspect of not only the magazine, but also of our group’s activity. Over its one-year existence we have organized several curatorial exhibitions, made several T-shirt collections, and organized other creative projects that, as we hope, will help others understand design from a different perspective. However, they primarily characterize our personal and erudite interest in this field.
The actual magazine presents a miscellaneous compilation of articles and projects made in close collaboration with creative people from our surroundings. Each contribution offers original insights into lesser-known design themes, which we present to you in collaboration with our colleagues from all over the world. I am pleased that the pages of our magazine provide the ideas of the Australian duo of designers Daniel and Emma, Spanish experimenter Oscar Diaz, and, last but not least, the curatorial photo editorial from Alain Hense, who is a passionate collector of the last century’s design pieces and owner of the Alainko gallery in Antwerp.

The magazine is divided into some textual and photographic editorials whose varied themes quintessentially correspond with the entire spectrum of interests of our group. Apart from the above-mentioned names, we will again present areas from this fascinating field that have been hidden so far. Whether it be the series of photos by Filip Šlapal, which depict a unique building designed by a forgotten Czech disciple of LeCorbusier related with the new understanding of woodcraft or an excursion in pictures into the secrets of biking art by Jordan Hufnagel from Portland - all represent very authentic contributions that make up the comprehensive world of OKOLO. Thus, I would like to cordially thank all our colleagues and friends. The tour of OKOLO can start. We will also stop in Sao Paulo!

We said that for Pecha Kucha Night in Prague this week, we have prepared the special curatorial concept. Now, after our real-time presentation, we can publish here our special version of logo, as well as scheme of the concept, too.

The circle creates the world of our inspiration and favorite persons and products which are connected each other with various manners and contexts. We start at Turin with Carlo Mollino and finish the same. In between is a lot of stories.

In the next weeks we will publish here our illustrations with more informations and stories to every part of this circle. But our illustration work don`t finish with this 19 pictures. Our best from best we will present sometimes by the similar way. Enjoy!

This map will be the opening picture of our presentation at The Pecha Kucha night at 24th November in The Aero cinema in Prague, Czech republic.

For this occasion we have prepared a special curatorial selection of things which are very important for our work and life. The map shows OKOLO world tour around our favorite products, architecture and persons. Every stop presents our interests in the various angles of views. All stops together create complete circle of sequences and relationships between the individual things, which are presented as the simple illustrations by OKOLO. More from our special presentation after the Pecha Kucha.

See you there!

Next to the successful exhibition The Retrospective of the Light at Designblok 2010, we had our own presentation called OKOLO Environment. There is a text about it.

The creative group of OKOLO presented an unconventional concept of a temporary boutique and gallery in one at Designblok 2010. Thus, our exhibition space represented an original view of various products and objects, the selection of which reflects all our fields of interest. OKOLO Environment offered a unique excursion into the diversity of human creativity, which will not be depicted only through our own products and creative projects, but also in an unusually wide spectrum of products ranging from a 1950s lamp to a Nike backpack, and exceptional Hermés prints. The artifacts that seemed unconnectable at first sight, expressed our profound style-setting perspective and represent the perfectly conceived curatorial environment of OKOLO.

In the interior, furnished by practical furniture designed by Martin Žampach and Klára Šumová, visitors found both our T-shirt collections, the OKOLO Next Step magazine, and our debut collection of products entitled The Things, made in collaboration with Antonín Hepnar, Tomáš Král, Camille Blin, Jan Činčera, Martin Prokeš, and Martin Žampach. There were also a series of theoretically focused graphic prints or the unique one-off project by dutch Daphna Isaacs, Laurens Manders. All these items were accompanied by other products, some of which were also for sale. Their only link to each other is the world around us and our passion for beautiful and intelligent products.

Photos by Jaroslav Moravec

Our t-shirt with design of Bugatti 100P airplane, which we designed in context of our exhibition Back to the Future at Ještěd this summer, is on sale in our shop. The special plastic box an following text included.

Ettore Bugatti was not only the master creator of homonymous cars, but also an ardent conqueror of speed records on land, at sea, and in the air. Thus, his construction knowledge is necessarily reflected in the lesser-known project of the 100P airplane, which he developed in collaboration with Belgian engineer Louis de Monge in 1937 for the purpose of speed record breaking. The incredibly timeless structure and design of the airplane, constructed with counter-rotating propellers, were ahead of its time and surpassed the shapes of several jets by several decades. However, the only specimen that Bugatti managed to make was never put into operation due to the German invasion of France during WWII. Exhibited in the EAA museum in Oshkosh in the USA, it is a mere silent witness of the visionary ideas of the famous French designer.

Products from The Things collection and our Next Step magazine on shop coming soon...

At Designblok 2010 we exhibited the our one-off collection of stamps, which Antonín Hepnar designed exclusively for us, too.

The stamp and its skittle-like shape served as an ideal visual theme for master woodturner Antonín Hepnar, who has created six types of stamp handles for three various sizes of our logo. Thus, the reduced variants of the designer’s candlesticks and lamps represent a completely new, intimate, and 100% functional application of Hepnar’s style.

Photo by Jaroslav Moravec

We pay attention to every detail in our expositions every time. Small paper and print items like various callouts we make always by hand in great Studio Činčera. For the past Designblok 2010 we had to make a lot of callouts for our two exhibitions there. For Retrospective of the Light we designed folded callouts to attach to the cables of the lamps, as well as folded brochure with nested postcards photos.

At OKOLO Environment we had small and big callouts explaining concepts of our selections of exhibiting products. We love work with paper on these small but very important details.

Thank You for help in Studio Činčera, too.

Our exhibition Retrospective of the Light received 9th October one of the Editor in Chiefs prizes in special category for the Extraordinary Enterprise at Designblok 2010. Thank You for it.

Here are the official pictures and text about the lightning design of Antonín Hepnar.

Design of lights in all versions – table, floor, wall, and suspension – has always represented the creative mainstay of Antonín Hepnar’s work. This fan of wood and clearly turned shapes has been active in the field of applied arts since the second half of the 1950.

Antonín Hepnar is one of the designers who have never had to rely on the poor possibilities of domestic industrial production under the previous regime. On the contrary, his creative motto, based primarily on handicraft and an essential workshop background, enabled him to experiment and create unique interior products of unparalleled visual and manufacturing quality during that time. The designer decided right at the start of his career to focus on lights, apart from candlesticks, bowls, and sculptures. Thus, the lamps he made in limited small-lot productions, sold exclusively in the Dílo showroom, currently rank among the exceptional artifacts that document the field of handmade original design under totalitarianism.

All the exhibited lighting objects work with the basic archetypal shapes and thus become surprisingly atemporal. The turned rotational shapes urged the designer to apply them to the design of lights. The combination with metal, glass, and other materials gave birth to a compact set of illuminants that demonstrate the designer’s development during his intensive work, spanning thirty years. His first designs made during his studies indicate the impact of the post-war decorative and organic style, which is, nevertheless, transformed into personal and precise handiwork. For Hepnar’s lights, the 1970s meant a time of pure simple elementary shapes that are sometimes more or less influenced by a decorative aspect that the designer discovered while furnishing or restoring interiors. The symbol of a circle becomes one of Hepnar’s specific shapes, which he applies in his typically intimate wall lamps, thus creating extraordinary lighting effects thanks to the lathe-turned surface. In the 1980s, the designer carried out new experiments mainly with halogen lights. The exhibition symbolically finishes with a terse table lamp in the form of a rocket, which won the Good Design Award in 1991. Its essential form is a timeless evidence of how the entire work of this significant Czech designer and artist is still relevant.

photos by Jaroslav Moravec

As a part of our The Things collection we present prototype of bottle opener, which designed Martin Žampach for us. See it at Designblok in Prague, Czech republic this week.

The shape of the our logo became the natural shape of the steel bottle opener, which was designed for OKOLO by Martin Žampach. Functional, as well as symbolical, our opener is a everyday use object with simple and everyday looking form.

The passion for ordinary objects from the socialist era has brought forth an inventive design that follows up the tradition of conceptual and ironic production. Martin Prokeš managed to collect several dozen Bona mustard glasses in a relatively short time and found inspiration in their simplicity and graphic quality when designing the Bona wine glass with a simply attached elegant glass stem. The plastic cap crowns the complexity of his design.

For this light humor and irony we like it very much. Now. Bona is one of the products including in OKOLO The Things collection. See it or buy it in our installation OKOLO Environment at Designblok in Prague, Czech republic.

Designer and brilliant woodturner Antonín Hepnar, who has refined his specific creative code since the 1950s, has ranked among our collaborators since the beginning. Thus, it is no wonder our collection The Things contains several of his objects. Hepnar took two timeless candlestick designs from 1970 and 1971 from his archive and made a limited collection of 25 pieces exclusively for us. The former represents the typical aspect of Hepnar’s production, characterized by perfect exquisite shapes and outstanding craftsmanship. The latter is a variable game of practical wooden modules from which one can assemble a candlestick of a desired height. Moreover, either a classically tall candle or a tea light candle can be attached to each module.

Right now we are preparing the exhibition called Retrospective of the Light at Designblok in Prague. Our selection of lights from 1953 - 1989 by late czech designer Antonín Hepnar will be completed at the beginning of the next week. But visual style for the exhibition is ready now. Inspired by some of Hepnar`s lightning creations, we redesigned our logo into the simplified shape of a table lamp.

OKOLO launches at Designblok 2010 in Prague, Czech republic own collection of products called The Things including designs by Antonín Hepnar, Tomáš Král and Camille Blin, Martin Prokeš, Studio Činčera and Martin Žampach next week

I am very pleased that I can introduce our first collaboration with Tomáš Král and Camille Blin now.

The extremely aesthetical, highly elegant, and functionally professional design of the designers from the ECAL in Lausanne won our hearts right away. For this reason, we decided to start a cooperation with two designers whose names are inseparably linked with Lausanne. Tomáš Král and Camille Blin represent the current virtuoso design, combined with a light conceptual approach and poetic interpretation of the given object. The Monster collection made for OKOLO, which is the result of their first joint project, contains a special case for four pencils Pen Monster, wooden block for storing writing utensils Stuff Monster and minimalist leather bag Peper Monster. We have equipped the first case with four different Koh-i-noor pencils, and thus created an ideal set for all drawing enthusiasts.

text from Tomáš Král and Camille Blin:

This collection was named Monster after our chance encounter with avertical shaper in the woodworking shop of Joseph Miele. After many weeks of mutual observation, communication was finally established. Each one of our objects is sculpted by each of its jaws. We have rendered the shape of its teeth to enclose some pencils. We have rendered the strength of its teeth with a black screw to lock in some pencils. We have rendered its skin to make a bag.

photos by Federico Berardi

Our very own collaborator Jaroslav Moravec created as his semestral work at the Universirty of Art and Design in Ústí nad Labem series of conceptual portraits of a designer and woodworker Antonín Hepnar. Five portraits was shot by him in the Čakovičky close to Prague, where Hepnar lives and works in a nice setting of his house-studio built from old barn.

Every portrait includes the one of the works by Hepnar, which totally hide Hepnar himself. Mirror, lamp or other art objects speak for their creator very much.

The series of the pictures will be shown at our exhibition about Hepnar`s lightning design. Called Retrospective of the Light, show is curated by OKOLO for Designblok 2010 in Prague, Czech republic.

Through this panoramic picture of the workshop of Antonín Hepnar (born in 1932) with the selection of his fine crafted lights we enter to the world of delicate wood craft of this hidden icon of czech design. The exhibition Retrospective of the Light, which we prepare at the Designblok 2010 is the unique occasion to learn something more about the history of the czech modernist design of the second half of the last century. Because, the curated show will present some of the unknown lightning designs by Hepnar, which he produced between 1955 and 1990.

In some next days you can see on our blog some special posts about Hepnar`s work, as well as about the exhibition. Today we present first representative picture, which was made by our very own collaborator, photographer Jaroslav Moravec. He created the original collection of Hepnar`s portraits, too, as well as the report from artist`s home in Čakovičky close to Prague. All the projects including the the edition of two 1970s candlesticks by Hepnar for OKOLO you see there later this month.

Retrospective of the Light, curated by OKOLO, Designblok 2010, 5th October - 10th October 2010, Superstudio of Designblok, Bubenská 1, Prague, Czech repubublic

It is here! The first pictures from our installation Back to the Future. The others you will be able to see in our next issue of OKOLO magazine, which we will present at Designblok 2010 in October.

An unique curatorial installation located in one of the suites of the iconic Ještěd Hotel is a symbolical homage to the historic and fine-art significance of this remarkable modernist building. The entire styling of one hotel room represents various futuristic and cosmic designer visions from the past to the present. Thus, the objects that “became our future in their presence” conceptually complement the overall futuristic atmosphere of the building, designed by Karel Hubáček, as well as the interiors inspired by cosmic optimism and designed by Otakar Binar. Back to the Future is an experimental exhibition that will transport visitors to visions of the near and far future by means of artifacts of all types and various visual styles and epochs. The constant human attempts at innovation and acceleration are symbolically depicted not only by furniture and lighting, but also by many other products that express, each in a specific way, the formal, functional, philosophical, and theoretical ideas of our predecessors and contemporaries. All these ideas are always ahead of their time.

Bugatti 100P airplane
Bugatti 100P airplane
Cinneli Laser
Cinneli Laser
Ghia Streamline X Gilda
Ghia Streamline X Gilda
Maison Volante
Maison Volante

We have prepared a series of graphic prints with the themes of speed and the future on the occasion of the special installation in the Ještěd Hotel, entitled Back to the Future, which presents various futuristic visions from the past to the present. However, we do not show the latest technologies and materials, but five outstanding means of transport from the last century, which will transfer you into the year 2100 faster than you can imagine. Their form and function were much ahead of the time.

Bugatti 100P airplane

Ettore Bugatti was not only the master creator of homonymous cars, but also an ardent conqueror of speed records on land, at sea, and in the air. Thus, his construction knowledge is necessarily reflected in the lesser-known project of the 100P airplane, which he developed in collaboration with Belgian engineer Louis de Monge in 1937 for the purpose of speed record breaking. The incredibly timeless structure and design of the airplane, constructed with counter-rotating propellers, were ahead of its time and surpassed the shapes of several jets by several decades. However, the only specimen that Bugatti managed to make was never put into operation due to the German invasion of France during WWII. Exhibited in the EAA museum in Oshkosh in the USA, it is a mere silent witness of the visionary ideas of the famous French designer.

Cinneli Laser

Track cycling is one of the sports in which aerodynamics and speed play such an important role that they constitute the formal aspect of the sport’s design. The Italian manufacturer of Cinelli bikes definitely knows a lot about this fact. The rare witness of this search for technological development, desire for speed, and visual perfection is primarily the legendary model of Laser. The Cinelli Laser track bike was gradually developed by the Italian manufacturer from 1979 to early 1990s. During this time, individual models won 28 Olympic gold medals, several primacies in the use of special materials and manufacturing methods, the Compasso d`Oro design award in 1991, and a redesign by American artist Keith Haring.

Maison Volante

Utopia and desire for the future played an irreplaceable role in the artistic avant-garde of the last century. Guy Rottier, the French architect, designer, artist, theoretician, and philosopher, ranks among the personalities whose utopian visions and real architectural projects still instigate our imagination. Apart from sculpturesque houses in the form of human heads and imaginary bus stations made from buses, Rottier designed a utopian flying house called Maison Volante in 1964 when he was living in southern France and northern Africa. This plastic capsule house with a propeller should have been equipped with everything one needs to lead a happy life. The inhabitable helicopter, complete with a bed and a bar, demonstrates how architectural visionaries of the 1960s were ahead of their time.

Ghia Streamline X Gilda

In 1955, the American manufacturer of Chrysler cars presented, in collaboration with the Italian carriage builder of Ghia, established by designer Giovanni Savonuzzi, an exceptional prototype of the Ghia Streamline X Gilda car. The model, made for display purposes only, combined American pushfulness with Italian elegance and an aesthetical vision of the future. This red-and-silver unique car was inspired by the trend of turbine airplanes; the idea was to hide a turbine engine under the hood. However, at that time, small turbine engines would not fit inside the aerodynamic Ghia; thus, the place allocated for the engine remained empty. Nevertheless, the car made a splash at the Turin exhibition, after which its design became an inspirational basis for many lot-produced Chrysler models.

Wallpaper magazine is one of our main inspirations. This week we received our two special covers, which we have designed in terms of Wallpaper Handmade issue in their special application, where everybody could design his own magazine cover.

OKOLO Covers are dedicated to our two projects: the first and the last one. OKOLO graphic presentation at Designblok 2009 and upcoming exhibition Back to the Fututre at Ještěd.

Between 16 and 18 July we invite you to the future trought our special installation in iconic modernist building of hotel Ješted close to Liberec, Czech republic.

Exhibition in Window gallery in Prague between 5. 4. and 2. 7. 2010. In seven windows we showed seven materials changing in time from 1800 to today. Contemporary design and old antiques created together special window styling including various products from old knives, fabrics, jeans, chairs to contemporary conceptual design, fixed-gear bike and much more.

Every historical period endows human creativity with its unmistakable traits. Its overall atmosphere is, then, formed by objects designed at a specific time and produced for their immediate purposes. Today we admire most of these things as beautiful artifacts that provide a unique opportunity for us to touch the past. Through what means will future generations use to view our time? It will surely be designs that have existed in our world for over hundred years and impart the basic appearance to most human products - design and antiques. These two separated fields attract each other perilously. Their form is immensely related to the materials used and, primarily, to the manufacturing method. Antiques are transformed into design; craftsmanship is transformed into industrial lot-production. However, handicraft is returning to contemporary design and, thus, updates the existence of precious artifacts from our ancestors, which the exhibition presents in the context of contemporary lifestyles. Specific formal and content confrontations between old and new objects, divided according to the materials used, represent a unique opportunity to consider their meaning and origin from a different perspective.

For exhibition called 120 x 120, which was held at Botas 66 Gallery in February 2010 we created special “curated postcards”. Brief of a exhibition was to create something in size of 120 x 120 mm to put into plastic box from compact disc. So we create cards of three themes: Op-art inspiration, Brazilian Silhouette and Vintage Rally. To every theme we made graphic motif cut into paper by laser. Our aim was to create visually interesting pieces, but also with curated and theoretical qualities. To every image is added also small text about motif on it.
Op-art inspiration presents one card with abstract picture inspired by classics of op-art movement.
Brazilian Silhouette presents two cards with two silhouettes of chairs from 1950s brazilian design. Designers of chairs are Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner. Both chairs have very strong shape qualities.
Vintage Rally presents two cards with motifs from classic rally competition of 1960s and 1970s. The first is advertising on legendary Bell helmet and the second is Mercedes 230 SL famous for its rally history.

This exhibition was the first show at Botas Gallery 66 in Prague held in january 2010. We present there iconic czech motorcycle Čezeta 175 from 1960s completely disassembled.

The Čezeta 175, Type 501 light motorcycle, familiarly nicknamed the “Pig” because of its striking “nose” is now one of the icons of the Czech design of the 60’s. The then optimistic aesthetics of round organic shapes and bright colors popular at the turning point of the 50’s and 60’s did not only influence the design of furniture, porcelain, glass or textile, but they also influenced the everyday industrial design, such as motorcycles, radios, television sets, kitchen appliances and many other highly sophisticated products, thanks to which the so-called “Brussels style” of the postwar organic design achieved such an unbelievable popularity and a wide consumer consumption. In this respect the “Pig” which was manufactured by ČZ Strakonice represents one of the most successful products of that period of time. Immediately after its launching in the market in 1957, this light motorcycle, or if you prefer a scooter, became a favorite companion of holiday festivities throughout the former Czechoslovakia. Its design which was inspired by the American streamlined movement, but also by the phenomenal Italian Vespa scooter became an overnight dream for all boys, small or big alike. This icon of the time period on which the girls were able to sit sideways and the gentlemen were shifting the gears by their heel, hitting the specially adapted, cradle-shaped gear lever as not to damage their favorite “Botasky” has been actually also turned to the likeness of a plastic toy or a porcelain figure called Lovers on a Motorcycle. And it is precisely the Botas 66 sneakers, which together with Čezeta 175 motorcycle represent the authentic witness to the design and style of the 60’s culture.
The Anatomy of ČZ exhibition thus introduces for the first time this unique motorcycle, disassembled nearly to the last component. Therefore do not hesitate and take advantage of this unique opportunity to peek under the hood of the brilliantly shaped Čezeta 175 and to discover the world of components, which in its time powered this cult design fad of the Czechoslovak industry.

Klein Attitude
Klein Attitude
Schwinn Sting-ray
Schwinn Sting-ray
Bianchi Pista
Bianchi Pista

Cycling revolution is our second collection of "curated t-shirts", which presents iconic bike design of last 40 years. On t-shirts You can explore our graphic versions of Schwinn Stingray, Klein Attitude and Bianchi Pista.

Klára Šumová, lamp Láska, Lathe
Kateřina Matěchová, Ring and brooch, Sandpaper
Martin Prokeš (Nakahanu), Glass Bona, Burner
Tamsin van Essen, Vase Osteoporosis, Yeats
Antonín Hepnar, Bowl Bossage, Chisel
Dan Pošta, Sheet metal chair, Hammer

Exhibition held at Designsupermarket festival in Prague in December 2009. We created concept, visual style and installation.

The accompanying exposition CraftDesign maps contemporary trends in an approximation of experimental design and traditional crafts. This is the essential thought driving the creative processes behind the works made in small and limited series or as one single original piece. This pushes the works even further from the traditional understanding of industrial design. This sort of “craft approach” rises from the need of the authors to be as close as possible to the realization of their visions and ideas, forcing them to become craftsmen or work closely with craftsmen when manufacturing every one of their pieces. This moves the manufacturing process from factories to designers; ateliers, making the final product much more authentic and emotionally charged. The tools used by the designers to materialize their visions and ideas become an important, delicate and personal link between the idea and the actual finished work. This exposition presents several works of young and mature Czech authors shown alongside the tools used to make their individual objects. The displayed tools are not the actual tools used by the designers; they provide a conceptual link allowing us to imagine how the objects were made. CraftDesign shows not only trends in contemporary design, but also a selection of factory-produced quality tools used by the authors to materialize their ideas and visions. It also encourages an exchange of ideas between industrial production and crafts.

Authors: AAKK Forever, Jakub Berdych, Jan Činčera, Tamsin van Essen, Antonín Hepnar, Petr Kavan, Maestrokatastrof, Kateřina Matěchová, Papelote, Daniel Pošta, Martin Prokeš (Nakahanu), Rozbíjím se, Klára Šumová, Trash Made (Anna Kozová), Maxim Velčovský

Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
John Risley
John Risley
Gino Sarfatti
Gino Sarfatti

Hedonist is a collection of our "curated t-shirts" with motifs of design from 1950s, when form and beauty sometimes won over strictly function. Designers became true hedonists in creating beautiful shapes and emotions. On t-shirts you can explore real designs by Gio Ponti, John Risley and Gino Sarfatti. To every t-shirt is added also paper box with text about real design on it.

Magazine OKOLO, which we first presented in october 2009 introduces some ideas about objects, buildings and their creators. Design is an emotional matter, which never leaves us underwhelmed. I will be very glad if this magazine opens your interest and affects your emotions. The content of the magazine is a personal view on architecture, design, fashion and style. I am not intending to present new design trends, rather I present some original creations that are worth seeing. I try to show some of them in a new, contextual light. I search for continuity, permanent tendencies and the truths across the previous and the contemporary. But above all I am admiring.

Bmx Visionarists
Bmx Visionarists

Hedonist tees and magazine
Hedonist tees and magazine
Toolbox Redesigned
Toolbox Redesigned

At Designblok 2009, held in the second week in october, we debuted with
three projects: Bmx Visionarists, Toolbox Redesigned and Hedonist.

Bmx Visionarists was curated show featuring selection of most contemporary cycling parts on bmx riding. Our aim was to present bmx industry as a specific part of a industrial design. For some people, a bicycle can be their pride and joy, and one of the things they would certainly want covered by contents insurance for a property. Yet, when broken down into parts, many of the components appears relatively worthless. This exhibition takes an intriguing look bmx parts, not only as practical tools, but as a form of art.

Toolbox redesigned presents special commissioned works of three czech designers. Maxim Velčovský, Martin Žampach and Studio Goldberrries show their own vision of uncommon toolbox for bicycle enthusiasts.

Hedonist is a collection of our "curated t-shirts" with motifs of design from 1950s,
when form and beauty sometimes won over strictly function. Designers became true hedonists in creating beautiful shapes and emotions. On t-shirts you can explore real designs by Gio Ponti, John Risley and Gino Sarfatti. To every t-shirt is added also paper box with text about real design on it.