Prague’s Designblok International Design Festival is organized in the creative heart of Europe and is the largest design and fashion expo in Central and Eastern Europe.
The festival reacts to topical social issues and international trends and provides a creative, professional, and business platform where designers and companies can meet with experts, suppliers, and target customers. An exhibition of the latest innovations is complemented by a rich accompanying program of lectures and discussions, industry sessions, fashion shows, and other special events offering space for networking and mutual inspiration.
Every year Designblok hosts 40,000 visitors from the ranks of designers, curators, buyers, architects, interior designers, journalists, and lovers of design.
The 25th Annual Designblok will take place from 04 to 08 October 2023 in three exceptional exhibition venues throughout Prague: National Gallery Prague’s Trade Fair Palace, the gardens of Prague Castle, and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. Dozens of shops, studios, and showrooms throughout Prague are also traditionally involved in the festival. The theme of this jubilee year is the Journey.
Expositions at Designblok are divided into Superstudio and Openstudio.
Superstudio is a space for exhibitions of companies, manufacturers and shops. Superstudio presents novelties of Czech and international manufacturers, presenting products created in cooperation with top designers. All areas of design are presented here, especially furniture, lighting, and home accessories.
Openstudio is a space for expositions of designers, design studios, students, and schools. Laboratory of contemporary design, where product designers, fashion designers, jewelry designers, graphic designers, and illustrators present themselves. Primarily exhibitions of prototypes and small batch production without the participation of a commercial manufacturer.
Designerie is the heart of Designblok. The central space of the festival with a café and relaxation area. A place for meetings, conferences, fashion shows and children's play. This year's Designerie was designed by Lucia Škandíková with the central conference object, the Heart, in her original design and the bouncy castle Říp by Maxim Velčovský.
A travelling exhibition, a showcase of contemporary Czech design, and an embodiment of shared values. A mobile gallery containing ten original works of glass from dozens of top designers will premiere at this year's Designblok, its first stop abroad being Milano Design Week in April 2024. Supported by of the PPF Foundation.
Circuform gives industrially-designed furniture a circular life, re-releasing Ineke Hans’ 2011 design. The result is REX: a sustainable and fully-recyclable chair that can be returned against a guaranteed deposit of twenty euros. Such onward development of the very first Dutch “deposit chair” encourages a different style of consumption, one in which the object is not thrown away after (re)use, but returned. The returned chairs are checked, cleaned, repaired, and sold again. Broken chairs are broken down into the raw materials needed for new production. REX has already been acquired by several museums, including Vitra Design Museum, Museum Boijmans Rotterdam, and Design Museum Gent.
This year’s Openstudio in the Museum of Decorative Arts will present the premiere of a special High Craft exhibition, organized in cooperation with Vogue CS magazine. The curator’s choice will present the leading Czech designers and design studios who artfully combine traditional crafts, innovative approaches, and the highest aesthetic standards in their work.
The project was prepared by The Moravian Gallery in Brno in collaboration with Designblok festival and aims to explore the limits of applied art and its production within the context of pervasive social change. The works of forty progressive Czech makers will be exhibited within the architectural space developed by designer Maxim Velčovský and edit! architects.
The exhibition was prepared in cooperation with Forbes magazine, which every year compiles a ranking of Czech family businesses where the decision-making and brand philosophy is in the hands of the family owners. The stories of saving ancient factories are mixed with the stories of brands that have been newly created on greenfield sites. But what they have in common is precision manufacturing in the Czech Republic and love of Czech craftsmanship. The exhibition can be found on the 2nd floor of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague.
The final of the international diploma competition in product and fashion design. 30 future stars from several European countries in an exhibition and fashion show. The project is developed in cooperation with EUNIC.
They still study, but you can already hear about them. Every year, Designblok presents a selection of talented young students as part of the Openstudio.