Prague Kolektiv founders Barton Quillen and Giovanni Negrisin invite all friends of Apartment Therapy to the closing liquidation sale/party when every item will be priced 70% off. There will be drinks and music:
Thursday through Saturday, November 17-19
Prague Kolektiv's studio
68 Jay Street, 6th Floor, #605A
Info on Czech design:
The pre-war and post-war periods in Czechoslovakia produced outstanding designs in extraordinarily different political, social, and economic contexts. In many of the pre-war Czech pieces that we carry, the influences from the Bauhaus and architects such as Le Corbusier, Mart Stam, Adolf Loos and Mies van der Rohe are unmistakable. As Kenneth Frampton noted in his work Modern Architecture: A Critical History "The one country which has always been inadequately represented in any account of the International Style is Czechoslovakia." Czech pieces from this period imbue interiors with an elegance and simplicity that are as appealing to our senses today as they were eighty years ago.
Some people may be familiar with the tubular chrome-plated steel and lacquered wood typically used in functionalist furniture design in Czechoslovakia as elsewhere in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, but most people are not familiar with the designs that emerged in Czechoslovakia during the 1950s and 1960s. While the Communist rule of that period did have an impact on much of the creative and entrepreneurial activity in Czech society, sensible and attractive designs in the decorative arts continued to emerge.
Czech pieces won 27 gold medals at the 1958 Brussels Expo. The designs from that period reflect a simplicity of form and playful detail that are a distinct trait of twentieth century Czech design.
From David Netto:
Prague, after all, is one of the most sensual cities in the world, and that did not end in the 18th century. Hell, it didn't even end with the Russians in the 1950's; some of the most joyful objects are the pendant lights made for the 1958 Brussels Expo, that look like they should be in Southern California. It is obvious the Czechs have always had a special cultural gift for the decorative arts, and just because their modern style isn't as well known as earlier things, doesn't mean it isn't among the best.
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