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Prague International Design Festival
7. – 11. 10. 2020
Gabriel Loci

DOMUS - a pilgrimage site for contemporary design

Five rivers, boundless nature, theatre, machines – all in perfect unison. Werner Aisslinger, Marlene Huissoud, Jiří Příhoda, Jan Plecháč and Henry Wielgus, Maxim Velčovský and dozens of other designers from all over the world join to create a new landscape. An industrial depot is transformed into a site of pilgrimage that embraces the narrative of contemporary design – a place to pause and reflect upon the symbolic stories of the everyday.


Exhibition curators Jana Zielinski and Jiří Macek describe the concept in the following way: “We have created, in collaboration with respected Czech and foreign designers, an installation that offers a variety of experiences. The installation should serve as a common meeting-point for themes that are central to the Pilsen – European Capital of Culture 2015 project. It should be a pilgrimage site in the true sense of the word, a place that reflects progressive trends in contemporary art and design, yet responds to contemporary spiritual and lifestyle needs in a very authentic way. The concept is to produce an original Gesamtkunstwerk, a total work of art in form as well as being a very impressive story – two features that are absolutely essential for good design.”


Created by respected designer Werner Aisslinger (German Designer of 2013), the architecture of the exhibition space defines the installation itself. This is the first time original architecture for a large exhibition in the Czech Republic has been designed by a leading designer from abroad. The greenhouse represents a modern, stylised chapel in the middle of a temple. The temple, or dome, occupies the former assembly shop of a transport company – the DEPO2015 hall; the chapel becomes Aisslinger’s greenhouse. In the chapel, visitors will find a panorama of themes and stories that link the life and history of the Pilsen region, interpreted through the narrative of contemporary design. The central designs were made for an exhibition based on specific themes that takes place in Pilsen – DOMUS, a pilgrimage site for contemporary design.

23. 10. 2015

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