Prague International Design Festival


Designblok awards are given to the best projects with Maxim Velčovský the overall winner

30. 10. 2016

Designblok awards are given to the best projects with Maxim Velčovský the overall winner

Designblok presented awards to the best projects and designers in this, its 18th year on Sunday October 30th 2016. Designblok Awards were distributed in eleven categories. Maxim Velčovský was named the overall winner. Designblok also supported a benefit project at the gala ceremony with Vladimír Šmicer presenting a cheque to the parents of Jakub, a boy suffering from a rare disease.

Maxim Velčovský designed gigantic Slunečnice chandeliers for Designblok. Inspired by Czech DIY and Přemek Podlaha, these special chandeliers made from plastic buckets perfectly complemented the Designérie landscape – taking pride of place in the Central Hall of the Industrial Palace. Lasvit’s presentation in its Holešovice-based showroom also won much acclaim. Another work by Maxim Velčovský – the Memento Mori chandelier made by Lasvit – also went on display in the Art House, a venue which showcases projects that straddle the line between art and design. Velčovský’s window for JANOŠÍK OKNA-DVEŘE was exhibited in the Superstudio.

In addition to the Designblok Awards, a cheque was presented to a benefit project supported by Designblok. This year the cheque was presented by football player Vladimír Šmicer to the parents of five-year-old Jakub who has been suffering from the rare Toriello-Carey syndrome. The cheque will be used to purchase equipment for Jakub’s rehabilitation. In the morning a benefit football tournament took place involving the Designblok team (designers and participants), the Erste Premier team (representing the general partner), the Real Top Praha team, the Divadlo Verze team with many notable names taking to the pitch – including Jaromír Bosák, Jakub Štáfek, Ladislav Hampl, Thomas Zielinski, Igor Chmela and David Prachař. The gala evening closed with a concert by Republic of Two organised in collaboration with Radio 1.

Best diploma work at Designblok – bioplastic eyewear and a bench for public spaces

Designblok Diploma Selection Awards were presented to the winners on Saturday. The Designblok Diploma Selection competition is co-organised with EUNIC Cluster Czech Republic. Made up of curators and gallerists from abroad, the international jury chose the winner from 37 participants. The award was given to Vlasta Kubušová and Verena Michels for Plastic! – an eyewear collection made from bioplastics with a focus on renewable resources. The winner of the fashion design category was Jorike Tenberger from the Netherlands. The award for best Czech diploma work went to Eduard Herrmann of the AAAD in Prague for his bench designed for public spaces.


Winners of the Designblok 2016 Awards:

1. Best New Furniture: Vrtiška Žák, TUTU cradle for Devoto

2. Best Collection of Interior Accessories: LLEV, Moon collection

3. Best Collection of Lights: BOMMA, Soap and Phenomena collections

4. Best Collection of Jewellery: ZORYA, Cluster, Formula and Graft collections

5. Best New Product: LLEV, Moon collection

6. Best Prototype by a Designer: Michal Strach, Lupus in Fabula project

7. Best Installation by a Producer: Nespresso

8. Best Installation by a Designer or Design Studio: Beldafactory

9. Best Secondary School/College Presentation: Czech Technical University in Prague, Department of Industrial Design, Tram 1926 concept

10. Special Award for Outstanding Achievement: Maxim Velčovský, Slunečnice objects

11. Best Exhibited Fashion Collection: Daria Makeeva, Kapsulní kolekce in collaboration with Maria Makeeva

12. Main Designblok Award: Maxim Velčovský for Slunečnice, the Memento Mori chandelier (Art House), the window for JANOŠÍK OKNA DVEŘE and theLasvit showroom presentation.

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