When the prospect of a nice sunny weekend appears it is your duty to do something interesting. Usually you find the weather not so hot that you find yourself by a pool but, pleasant enough for a little trip. As our SOFFA readers may have heard last weekend was the South Moravian city of Mikulov filled with design as Křehký Mikulov, (already in its sixth year) took centre stage.
The picturesque town was filled with contemporary Czech and international art from nine Central European galleries. Their unique installations displayed mainly throughout the historic castle halls and castle library, whilst some were tucked up in the Dietrichstein tomb. Among the array of beautiful pieces were design objects, unique vases, bowls, furniture, lighting, photography, clothes, art projects and collectables all of which left the impression that everybody who came to visit Křehký Mikulov discovered a piece of design which spoke to them.
Host gallery Křehký from Prague presented Daphna Laurens’s lamps and chairs, Michal Bačák and his porcelain, and Roman Šedina with KA vases, which are sublimely cool!
Dalpha Laurens / Michal Bačák Živa
Vienna gallery GanzNeueGalerie presented a project from renowned duo chmara.rosinke called Cucina futurista 2.0., and the ceramics designer Matthias Kaiser. We consider their collaboration very successful, partly due to its setting in a magnificent hall adorned with ceiling paintings. The effect of which left the viewer immersed in a world both antique and modern to remarkable affect.
Prague gallery praguekabinet showed the exhibition Anna/Dechem, where the clear paintings of Anna Neborová in combination with beautiful glass pieces from Czech studio Dech filled the light and bright castle areas. The light brough in the sun and a special atmosphere was created!
Gallery Kabinet from Bratislava exposed the work of three Slovak studios; Mejd with the JAR collection of lamps and bowls, inspired by traditional clay products; Allt with its project ARC; and d'Ordody with its EL tables made of wood and ceramics, that would fit in every design enthusiast’s living room.
Koncept Story from Prague introduced the work of sisters Makeeva. Fashion designer Daria displayed her courture dresses and illustrator Maria presented inspired illustrations. All this was situated in a small room full of old photos and pictures as part of Mikulov castle’s exposition.
Koncept Story Daria and Maria Makeeva
Another Prague gallery Kuzebauch presented the futuristic work of glass artist Ondřej Strnadel whilst Kvalitář gallery open up a discussion on designer furniture and its multidisciplinary approach to architecture, design and art.
Local studio Piršč Porcelain from Mikulov showed novelties and gallery Qubus exhibited the work of its founder, Jakub Berdych.
Also on display were photographs from Salim Issa and Štěpánka Stein named Champions, representing horses as autonomous real life heroes.
Did you have a chance to visit Křehký Miklov as well? If so, what did you like the best?
By: Denisa Werthanová and Charlie Roper | Photo: Kristina Hrabětová