AAAD in Prage join Ventura Lambrate for the fourth time!
Salone Internazionale del Mobile
9 – 14 April 2013
The Prague AAAD students exhibition takes place, as it did last year, in Ventura Lambrate area during the Milan Design Week. This year, the art and design curator Tereza Bruthansová and AAAD’s Porcelain and Ceramics Studio head, Maxim Velčovský, were responsible for selecting the most interesting work of students and fresh graduates. Together they selected dozens of pieces from the fields of product and graphic design as well as fashion, jewellery and drawn-on-film animation. The Milan show provides a platform for acclaimed fields of Czech design such as glass, porcelain, graphic design and animation and alongside them other domains working, for example, with the ancient craft of metal casting or the latest 3D printing technology.
Among this year’s graduates represented at the exhibition are Karel Matějka with a collection of lightweight, cleverly ergonomically designed mountaineering ice axes, Daniel Gonzalez with a gracefully formed cast cookware set and Radim Jurda with his charming hand drawn PC game ‘Blik’. Dana Elsterova's beautifully coloured wool blankets seem to revive the forgotten tradition of Czech textile design established in the late 1920s and early 30s by Antonin Kybal, who taught at AAAD for several decades, beginning after the World War II.
Daniel Gonzalez, Jumbo, Cookware for the Stara Hut Foundry
Among the current students who made an impression on the curators is, for example, Jakub Petr from the Glass Studio, who created a glass sculpture with the ingenious use of physical laws in which the parabolic inner shape of the object was generated by means of a combination of centrifugal and gravitational forces. Porcelain and ceramics student Elena Gergova developed a witty service from the standardized ordinary shape of a hotel cup, while Janja Prokic assembled her gorgeous jewellery from the individual parts of blossoms. 3D printing inspired fashion design student Pavla Podsedníková to create an original collection of high heeled shoes demonstrating the possibilities of customization of serial production in the near future. The duo of Vaclav Mlynar and Jakub Pollag from the deForm Studio also took advantage of this new technology to create their amazing object-bowl ‘Mountain’ from Carrara marble. Simultaneously, their light object ‘Transmission’ can be seen in Spazio Rossana Orlandi. The graphic design students are represented by Matej Cincera, known from the Okolo collective, who exhibits image-objects in which he translates iconic tables by Carlo Mollino and Gio Ponti, for example, into symbolic visual signs. Cincera is also the author of the visual style of the exhibition.
Jakub Petr, Archimeidon
Pavla Podsedníková, Instant Shoe
Maxim Velčovský, himself, designed the exhibition installation. The catalogue to the AAAD Annual Exhibition 2012, which took place in autumn in Prague’s Dox Contemporary Art Centre, will be available at the Milan show.
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