an exhibition by UMPRUM students of the Product Design Studio showing at Brussels Design September
Dates: 7th – 30th September 2017
Venue: Prague House, Avenue Palmerston 16, Brussels, Belgium
Selected students from UMPRUM’s Product Design Studio will exhibit a collection of their work at Brussels Design September. The exhibition, entitled Tubbies, explores the use of bent tubes in interior design.
Brussels Design September is the largest design festival in Belgium. It takes place in Brussels every year during the month of September. This year is its 12th edition. The Product Design Studio of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (UMPRUM) is no stranger to the event and this upcoming exhibition will mark its sixth appearance at the festival. UMPRUM’s students will present work based on the theme for this year’s festival – new design brand start-ups.
The collection for the Tubbies exhibition was created in collaboration with Tvarmetal during the summer semester of the 2016/2017 school year. Tvarmetal – a company that manufactures bent pipes for the automotive industry – partnered with the students in order to create a new subsidiary brand for the company that would move their production in a completely new direction. Studio director Michal Froněk explains the idea behind the project: “The assignment was to create a fundamental philosophy for a new brand which would focus on home furniture and accessories.”
Five students from the studio will present their individual designs for the collection to be exhibited in Brussels. Aleš Kachlík’s Bohém chair comes in a classical design and is intended for use in restaurants and the home. Ludmila Esterková’s Hank clothes hanger features a pure line aesthetic with an emphasis on functionality. Terézia Rapčanová juxtaposes the dominance of metal with the fragility of glass in her Round mirrors, while Tomáš Rachunek also explores this disparity with his Aboneu chandelier, which combines minimalism with an industrial aesthetic. And finally, Terezie Lexová’s Perfora lights are a creative take on the relationship between perforation and light.
Co-director of the studio Jan Němeček adds: “Our students engaged in a creative process that involved teasing out the relationship between technology and design. They found an interesting visual form through the morphology of modernist and brutalist architecture, styles that have become a strong inspiration for the current generation of designers. The furniture typical of factories and schools during the socialist era of the 1970s has been reinterpreted to give new contexts and shifted aesthetics.”
Curators: Michal Froněk and Jan Němeček (co-directors of the Product Design Studio), Aleš Kachlík
Exhibitors: Ludmila Esterková, Aleš Kachlík, Terezie Lexová, Tomáš Rachunek, Terézia Rapčanová
Exhibition design: Jakub Jarcovják
Photography: Johana Němečková
English translation: Alie Agency
Graphic design: Marvil
The exhibition is organised with the support of Prague City Hall and Prague House in Brussels together with Tvarmetal.