SPHERE COLLECTION WINS FIRST PRIZE FOR GLASSMAKING IN GERMANY
Roman Kvita, a student of Michal Froněk and Jan Němeček’s Product Design Studio won the important Bayerischer Staatspreis 2014 award at the EXEMPLA show. The prize, awarded by the Bavarian Ministry of Science and Technology since 1987, is a prestigious European-wide design award. Roman Kvita’s victory is also a significant success for Czech design!
Kvita impressed the jury with the results of his collaboration with the Bavarian glass company Nachtmann, which is a traditional manufacturer of glass design with a 200-year tradition. The firm launched collaboration with AAAD last year. The students were given an opportunity to visit the company’s plants in Germany and Austria, where they had a chance to observe both the traditional method of glass manufacture and the industry’s more modern technologies. They subsequently applied their experience in the creation of glass objects – vases, tumblers or bowls. In June in the Dvorak Sec gallery, representatives of Nachtmann selected from among the students of the studios of Product Design, Glass (Plesl) and Interior Design (Pelcl) the most successful design, which they honoured in the NextGen competition. The jury selected the work of Roman Kvita, who was given an opportunity to present at the Internationale Handwerksmesse Munich spring trade fair in the Exempla show. He set out for Germany with his glass creations and won the main prize against stiff competition!
“My goal was to combine the tradition and quality of hand blown glass with the precision and possibilities of cast glass,” the young designer explains his vision. He admits that he was much influenced by the excursion to the Nachtmann plant, where he became aware of the infinite possibilities of contemporary glassmaking. The result is a collection of glassware that Kvita calls SPHERE.
Roman Kvita builds on the tradition of the legendary glass designers František Vízner, Rudolf Jurnikl, Jiří Zejmon and Jiří Brabec, thanks to whom Czech glass acquired such a good name worldwide. The legacy of their sculptural approach to the craft can also be seen in Kvita’s SPHERE collection.
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