The show cannot always go on, but Designblok rocked
Designblok was one of those events killed too soon. The massive event, held in the Industrial Palace of Prague’s Výstaviště and across the city, showcased the very best of Czech design – across all industries. Until Storm Herwart tore the roof off.
The main theme of the show was food, and Lucie Koldova worked with Brokis to create Macaron. This was a series of lights in the shape of macarons, strangely enough. However, most exhibitors strayed rather far from food (of course, they weren’t required to follow it).
My favourite was the interactive exhibit by TON. They had set one of their Alba armchairs into a simple photo studio and surrounded it with toy soldiers. Visitors weaved their way towards the chair to have their picture snapped, while one poor member of staff relentlessly glued those figures knocked over back in place. For something so simple, it was stunning.
Loono, a Czech cancer prevention organisation, was the official charity of the event, and the reason I was attending. They had their own exhibition space devoted to their new project You Live With Your Heart. Some of the top Czech artists and designers donated work to Loono, which will be auctioned on 30 November.
Designblok was the also degree show for students from Czech art schools. Anna Banout’s Syria 2087, examining the nature of progress, took first in product design and Uta Sienkiewicz’s Swoi collection received the gong for fashion.
When hurricane-strength Herwart blew threw, killing two in the Czech Republic, and three more across central Europe, the Industrial Palace couldn’t take the battering. Its roof was ripped off, while the tent attached and holding much of the work was also badly damaged. The exhibition was quickly closed.
Unfortunately, at this point the PRs went to ground. Other than a quick email to say everyone was safe and to stay away, there was no response to my inquiries.
I did speak to Savvas Laz, one of the students participating in the degree show. His project, Boudoir Fétiche, analyses “the relation between two worlds: the underground world of fetishism and the world of luxury.”
Laz confirmed that there had been no injuries and that the projects were ok.
“It was a great experience to be there. I met and talked to a lot of people, visitors as well as people from the design industry,” Laz said.
“It’s really sad what happened at Designblok. There was a problem in the room because of the storm and a big part of it was destroyed. Thank god everyone is ok, and our projects as well.”
Take a look at our pictures from Designblok here