Czech it out
As Prague's burgeoning design week makes waves beyond the city, we focus on the shining lights giving the grande dame a modern edge
The Křehký gallery (www.krehky.cz) - the name means fragile - shows limited-edition and original pieces from the top names in contemporary Czech design, including Lucie Koldová, Daniel Piršč, and duo Zdeněk Vacek and Daniel Pošta.
Hotel Josef (www.hoteljosef.com) won awards for its striking glass-and-steel architecture by Eva Jiřičná, who followed up with Hotel Maximilian (www.maximilianhotel.com).
Czech couture is getting an innovative overhaul. Look out for shops in the Old Town from womenswear designers such as Denisa Nová (www.denisanova.cz), Klára Nademlýnská (www.klaranademlynska.cz) and Leeda (www.leeda.cz).
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Jana Zielinski founded the design and fashion week Designblok (www.designblok.cz) 15 years ago and is the driving force behind the country's emergence at an international level. 'Today the Czech design scene is much stronger,' she says. 'We have gone through a major change.'
Inside the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art (www.dox.cz) is a store curated by design studio Qubus (www.qubus.cz), which sells pieces such as abstract vases by Maxim Velčovský.
By Joann Plockova. Published in Condé Nast Traveller October 2013