Created: 31. 8. 2018 from Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze


Exhibition of students and fresh graduates from the UMPRUM Studio of Product Design at Design September in Brussels.

September 6th – 30th, 2018

Prague House, Avenue Palmerston 16, Brussels, Belgium


The Studio of Product Design of the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague will for the seventh time present at Design September in Brussels. This time they have prepared a playful installation full of machines and traditionally manufactured mechanical devices.

In this current era of expanding computer proficiency and programs, students are getting better tools and opportunities that open up new creative spaces. However, it is understandable that the focus on virtual reality often means a loss of craft and dexterity but above all, the loss of contact with the production environment.

By returning to analog technology, drawing, sketching and modeling in different types of workshops, we wanted to encourage students' to have a sensitivity to materials and an understanding of historical contexts. Our presentation focuses on the mechanical propulsion of various products and art objects”, explains Jan Neměček one of the leading professors in the department.

The students of the Studio of Product Design of the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague took on the assignment with great enthusiasm and creativity. They created clocks, gramophones, toys, and moving sculptures that use the "insides" of old alarm clocks, sewing machines, and mechanical wind-up toys.

We believe in playfulness but also the brutal aesthetics of machines that can help us expand our virtual horizons. For this exhibition, we also focused on collaborating with manufacturers, for example, the legendary and world-renowned Hi-Fi technology of SEV Litovel was used to create the students' Bachelor's degree program gramophones. Petr Vykoukal and Matěj Coufal got the interest of an Austrian distributor, Pro-Ject Audio systems, which has been a long-standing partner of the SEV Litovel turntable company ", says Michal Froněk the second leading professor.

Johana Němečková's diploma project of outdoor seatting furniture for the company Meyto presented at this year’s Design September is another project that used an analogue production process. Her style, the technology used, and the muted palette, already gained attention while it was presented during the summer at the UMPRUM school exhibition.

Dominik Novák from the first year created a ready-made object from an old mechanical gramophone that functions with the help of a handle. His race car track returns us a few decades back to a time when children played in the "real" world.

Last but certainly not least, visitors can get a"taste" the design of Jakub Jarcovják, who designed a portable grill for Ambiente, it is inspired by traditional open fire cooking.

Once again in a nutshell! Mechanical.

The Mechanical Exhibition will take place with the support of the Prague City Hall, the Prague House in Brussels and the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague within the framework of the Brussels Design September Festival.



Exhibiting: Aneta Honzová, Petr Vykoukal, Kateřina Kučerová, Matěj Coufal, Dominik Novák, Natálie Navrátilová, Johana Němečková, Aleš Kachlík, and Jakub Jarcovják
Exhibition Curators: Jan Němeček and Michal Froněk
Architectural design of the exhibition: Štěpán Smetana and Natálie Navrátilová
Graphic work: Simona Koutná and Anežka Minaříková
Photography: Peter Fabo





About Design September in Brussels and the role of the Prague House

The Brussels Design September Festival is the largest design show in Belgium. Every year, for a month the City of Brussels hosts dozens of cultural and commercial events, it is an opportunity for Belgian and international designers to meet, and where both experts and the general public converge. This year's 13th annual festival aims to present the latest trends in Belgian and international design with an emphasis on the multidisciplinary style of various influences, crafts, and professions. Design in a variety of forms takes an increasingly important place in the everyday life of the city of Brussels: urban furniture, installation, lighting, and designer innovations in the urban landscape. The festival contributes positively to the prestige of the city and its economic and tourist activities.


 Representation of the Capital City of Prague to the European Union was opened in 2002. Its key mission is to continuously ensure awareness of Prague and its interests among representatives of European institutions and other relevant organizations. Important areas of the Prague House are the European fund and the European Committee of the Regions' agenda, as well as the organization of cultural activities which significantly contribute to the acquisition and consolidation of important links to  EU institutions and serve to present the capital city of Prague.

Aleš Kachlík

Johana Němečková

Matěj Coufal

Petr Vykoukal

Aneta Honzová

Kateřina Kučerová

Natálie Navrátilová

Dominik Novák

Foto: Peter Fabo