UMPRUM Prague invades London!
Created: 26. 8. 2014 from Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze

UMPRUM Prague invades London!

 The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague exhibits at the important London Design Festival for the first time.

 UMPRUM has acquired experience in exhibiting abroad through its repeated participation in the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Italy. This year, the academy is targeting the most important British contemporary design show, the London Design Festival, and is also presenting itself with two installations at Tent London and Brompton Design District and with the curated selection of students’s work at the Mint Shop exhibition Elements of Craft. The former acquaints visitors with the unique possibilities of working with glass, and the latter focuses on experimental ceramics.

 

GLASSMANIA: Young Czech Glass

Glassmania is set to make a splash in the spaces of Tent London in the very centre of the bustling City of London. The presentations by students and current graduates of the Studio of Glass and the Studio of Product Design focus on demonstrating two different approaches to the material of glass, the first a more logical, industrial one, and the second, in contrast, is an artistic principle, which employs to the maximum the specifics of glassmaking technology.

A free, artistic glass working method was the key tool of the students of Rony Plesl’s Studio of Glass. In collaboration with the glassmaking workshop of Martin Štefánek, one of the best glass-blowers in Europe, the students experimented with demanding techniques that are very difficult to imitate.  All of the resulting exhibits are handmade and crafted replicas. Exhibiting alongside the current undergraduates will be the best graduates, who collaborated on their degree shows with the renowned Czech firms Bohem, Preciosa and Moser.

A different leadership vision, focused on industrial production and its enhancement with high-quality design is offered by the Studio of Product Design’s pair of head tutors, Michal Froněk and Jan Němeček. The students are exhibiting variations on lighting objects created from various materials in collaboration with Czech firms such as Bomma, using a variety of technologies. Another example, the Transmission light made from Simax by the design duo deform – UMPRUM graduates Jakub Pollág and Václav Mlynář - for the 2012 Olympics in London in collaboration with the Kavalier glass works is once again returning to the metropolis.  

The presentation in London is a significant step for the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. It has an opportunity to present at the highest level the results of student collaboration with industrial enterprises, in both a practical and experimental field. AAAD Vice-President Filip Suchomel says “the academy and the Czech glass industry are presenting themselves for the first time in all the areas they operate in jointly.”

 

The Glassmania in London is intended to demonstrate that the firm foundation of the glassmaking industry, which until recently was one of the fundamental Czech export branches, is at present returning once more to its apex.

 

Clay Works! – Porcelain as an Experimental Material

London Design Week also boasts a fringe event called Brompton Design District. The Studio of Ceramics and Porcelain is exhibiting its experimentally-minded Clay Works! installation in the space of London Morgan Cars, which is kindly provided to the Academy and the Brompton Design District. Under the leadership of Maxim Velčovský and Milan Pekař, the students have for three years been concerned with research into porcelain and ceramics as a specific material, and have developed new, experimental manufacturing processes. The result consists of unique pieces that will be exhibited in London for the first time.  

We can judge how successful this trend has been from the work of Adam Železný, for example, who shows in London what work arising from a powerful explosion looks like. Alongside this unique manufacturing process, visitors to the exhibition can see how some of the students have worked with the stability of the material and its composition and with experimental decorative techniques. All of the above will take place in an overseas premiere!

 

Mint – Elements of Craft

A curated show in Mint will present a diverse selection of work that illustrate craft’s impact on the design porcess. Next to the presentation of collaboration with Agape Casa and Estabilished&Sons, exciting and experimental pieces handpicked from Milan and the UK graduate shows, new lihgting installation by Marcus Tremonto will Mint present also a selection from three Czech institutions including the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design’s student projects by Klára Chrudinová, Tadeáš Podracký, Tomáš Váp or Adam Železný.

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TENT LONDON

STAND B20

18 SEPTEMBER – 21 SEPTEMBER

THURS 10am – 7pm, FRI&SAT 10am – 8pm, SUN 11am – 6pm

OPEN EVENING EVENT 18 SEPTEMBER

 

OLD TRUMAN BREWERY

25 HANBURY STREET

LONDON E1 6QR

 

tentlondon.co.uk

Ticket Prices

Adult&Student – £8* in advance/£10 on the door

Child 5-16yrs – £5/Under 5’s – free

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BROMPTON DESIGN DISTRICT

LONDON MORGAN

13 SEPTEMBER – 21 SEPTEMBER

MON-WED 10am – 7pm, THURS 10am – 10pm, FRI&SAT 10am – 7pm, SUN 11am – 6pm

OPEN EVENING EVENT 18 SEPTEMBER

 

LONDON MORGAN

3 ASTWOOD MEWS

LONDON SW7 4DE

 

bromptondesigndistrict.com

free

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MINT

ELEMENTS OF CRAFT

13 SEPTEMBER – 30 SEPTEMBER

MON – SAT 10.30am – 18.30pm EXCEPT 19th&20th SEP 10.30AM – 19.30PM

THURS 10.30am – 19.30pm EXCEPT 18th SEP 10.30am – 18.30pm

SUN Closed EXCEPT 21st SEP 11am – 17pm

OPEN EVENING EVENT 18 SEPTEMBER

 

MINT SHOP

2 NORTH TERRACE

LONDON SW3 2BA

 

mintshop.co.uk

free