Designblok celebrates 15th year
Old railway station the base for weeklong focus on mostly local designers
Posted: October 3, 2013
Nákladové nádraží Žižkov, Prague's Functionalist former cargo railway station, will be the primary venue for the nearly weeklong Designblok program Oct. 8-13.
Designblok: Prague Design and Fashion Week is celebrating its 15th year, having grown from a mere 14 exhibitors in 1999 to more than 200 at its latest edition, which takes place Oct. 8-13. Held every autumn, the design and fashion week had its first spring edition this year for five days, March 20-24, and looks to continue this trend in the future, just like the other major fashion capitals of the world.
The setting for the nearly weeklong event is primarily the Functionalist former cargo railway station in Žižkov (Nákladové nádraží Žižkov), which was officially declared to be a national monument this year. It will host the main exhibition space called Superstudio. Other venues will be Kafka House on náměstí Franze Kafky (which will host the festival's Design Bar), in the heart of Old Town, and the Art House Colloredo-Mansdfeldský palác on Karlova street, right next to Charles Bridge.
Superstudio will encompass several sections of the old railway station, where the displays of some of the best Czech designers and schools will be spread out. One hall will be reserved for presentations by the design schools, while some installations will be prepared inside the railway carriages that are still on the property. The list of designers is quite diverse, ranging from fashion magazines such as Elle to famous Bohemian glass makers like Moser all the way to well-known beverage corporations including Absolut Vodka, which is presenting artistic bar decor, and Heineken Beer, which is introducing a new metal bottle design that glows under UV light.
Approximately 50 fashion and jewelry designers, as well as other designers and studios, will use the space called Openstudio, inside Kafka House, to exhibit their works. The Designblok Talent Card exhibition, will also use to space to introduce visitors to some of the most promising Czech design talent.
When: Oct. 8-13; Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Various venues in Prague
Tickets: 200 Kč
If you are more into conceptual design, however, the Art House Colloredo-Mansdfeldský palác is the place to be, as it showcases the best in contemporary Czech and foreign art design, with participants personally selected by the curators of Designblok.
Last year, Designblok welcomed some 42,000 visitors during its six-day run.
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Tags: Prague, Designblok, Žižkov, Absolut, Heineken, Moser.