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NPD 2015 The Jury Prize - Flowers for Slovakia

NPD 2015 The Jury Prize - Flowers for Slovakia

Text by Zuzana Šidlíková

Flowers for Slovakia: Lost & Found by Vitra
Authors of the Project: Peter Olah, Lars Kemper, Flowers for Slovakia
Producer: Vitra Koncept, s. r. o., (limited liability company) Praha
School: Faculty of Architecture of the Slovak University of Technology of  Bratislava, Design Department
Teacher and mentor: Michala Lipková

Flowers for Slovakia is a project of Peter Olah and Lars Kemper which in cooperation with Design Department of Faculty of Architecture of the Slovak University of Technology of Bratislava (Michala Lipková) has been supporting cooperation between students and renowned production companies since 2009. The program is considerably based on the emphasis laid on craft traditions and on the search for certain manifests of national identity. The very first output was Handle with Care (2010 – 2012) followed by the prize-winning Lost & Found by Vitra. Handle with Care developed cooperation with Czech glass-making companies Lasvit and Ajeto which produced objects inspired by certain topics from Slovak fairy tales and legends. The other project coming into existence from 2013 initiated and implemented cooperation of 15 selected students with Vitra. The students from various art schools were interconnecting the aesthetics of traditional folk crafts with that of the world-renowned brand. The outcomes of the workshop were presented at eleven domestic and foreign exhibitions, at international event Designblok Praha 2013 and were awarded important prizes at DMY Berlin 2014. The Flowers for Slovakia project offers an opportunity to young talents to join the reality of production parameters and is at the same time a promise of popularization of domestic design among the lay public.

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