Condé Nast Traveller -Czech It Out

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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 ART
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.

THE HOTEL
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).

THE FASHION
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).

THE ONE TO WATCH
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.'

THE SHOP
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

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