This Czech designer, who may be most recognized for his work with the design firm Qubus, seems to relish taking traditional products and adding a modern twist to them. For example, there's his version of the matryoska nesting dolls the Eastern European classic that's usually comprised of painted wood figurines. Velcovsky opted to create a set out of porcelain with simple, graphical adornment. And those plastic Solo cups that are a staple of college parties? He offers them in glass, with a stem attached to the bottom. (AT:NY also took notice of Qubus at this year's ICFF.) We recently wandered into the Qubus shop in Prague and found ourselves especially impressed with the quality of Velcovsky's work in-person. The small shop was opened so that the Qubus designers would have a place to showcase their pieces. Here are a few images from our visit:
Velcovsky, whose father was an artist, studied ceramics at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. We love how he's modernized porcelain and glass, both of which are such an integral part of the Czech Republic's design heritage. Online, you can find some of Velcovsky's Qubus products at Generate or Thorsten Van Elten.