Czech Brands Shined in Milan

Interactive installations became a trend at the Milan Design Week, and yet again, Czech glassware brands were able to amaze audiences with their impressive installations.

Preciosa Milan

The prestigious award for the most inspiring glassmakers

For a period of time during Milan Design Week, the Gerolamo Theater was used by visionary glassware brand Lasvit. Along with the Prague Burlesque, they prepared the show Monster Cabaret. The stage was lit up by 108 chandeliers from the collection Neverending Glory by designers Jan Plecháč and Henry Wielgus. In the seating area stood a grand, seven-meter tall totem The Independant by Maxim Velčovský.  

 Prague Burlesque for Lasvit

Prague Burlesque for Lasvit

  The Independant ­ – one hundred and eleven screens from crystals on a seven-meter tall totem

The Independant ­– one hundred and eleven screens from crystals on a seven-meter tall totem

In the box and balcony spaces, the collection Monster Cabaret was presented.  Seventeen well-known designers, including Czech glassware legends Jaroslav Brychta, René Roubíček, and Vladimír Kopecký worked on it.

 René Roubíček’s Martian

René Roubíček’s Martian

 Monster, according to Maarten Baas

Monster, according to Maarten Baas

And how do you beat 1,500 brands and win the renowned Milano Design Award?  The presentation of Lasvit, according to the expert judges, most effectively captured their current design and convinced others of their future vision and concept. The first 'design Oscar' for the Czech brand is finally here.

 The Milano Design Award in the shape of a wooden horse

The Milano Design Award in the shape of a wooden horse

Jablonec nad Nisou’s Preciosa breathed life into light

Preciosa prepared the installation Breath of Light. As soon as the visitors blew into one glass flask, light was carried by the breath, as it spread and created an impressive chain of soft light.

The large pearl necklace chandelier, Pearl Drop, from designer Frank Tjepkema and Chromo table lamps, which utilize the positive effects of colored light on the human body, were new this year at the Milan Design Week. 

 Preciosa’s play of light and breath

Preciosa’s play of light and breath

 Frank Tjepkema, creator of the light  Pearl Drop

Frank Tjepkema, creator of the light Pearl Drop

 The  Chromo  table lamps, which resulted from a collaboration with the Spanish studio MUT

The Chromo table lamps, which resulted from a collaboration with the Spanish studio MUT

Ton and its potato chip

Ton, one of five brands in the world that make furniture out of bent wood, showcased six new pieces in Milan. Their award-winning Leaf bar stool was completed with a backrest, and their Ironica chair was showcased in two different colors.

  Leaf  barstools

Leaf barstools

 Barstool  Ironica  in tall and short variations 

Barstool Ironica in tall and short variations 

The chair Chips, which resembles a potato chip, from designer Lucie Koldová gained the most attention. The bold backrest from hand-bent wood is filled with a perforated textile, which makes the furniture feel light.

 Louge chair and stool  Chips

Louge chair and stool Chips

You can find more pictures from Salone del mobile on our Instagram and the social media sites of the mentioned brands.


text: Hana Janišová | translation: Mila Virk | photo: Adéla Kudrnová & companies' archives