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Up-and-coming Talented Designers from Thirteen Countries Will Present Their Work at Designblok

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In collaboration with EUNIC Cluster Czech Republic, Designblok will present the third year of the Designblok Diploma Selection, an international competition showcasing the work of the most talented European graduate students. The contestants will include 24 product designers and 13 fashion designers. The winners will be awarded EUR 1,000 plus an individual presentation at Designblok next year. 17 designers from the Czech Republic will take part in the competition.

This year, Designblok Diploma Selection finalists come from 13 European countries, including Netherlands, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy, Wallonia-Brussels and Lithuania. Israel will take part as a guest country from outside the European Union. The finalists will include fashion designer Danial Aitouganov who won the Lichting competition for the best Dutch graduate students in fashion design.

“This year, there were over 200 applicants. The finalists include 17 designers from the Czech Republic. Their number confirms the exceptional quality of Czech art colleges and academies all across the Czech Republic,” Jiří Macek, Creative Director of Designblok, explains.

Jana Zielinski, Director of Designblok, adds: “I am looking forward to seeing presentations by last year’s winners – Jorge Penadés, Janina Volkmer and Michal Strach. It is always interesting to see what the winners, selected by the respected jury led by Rossana Orlandi and Lina Kanafani, have achieved. Spanish designer Jorge Penadés has exhibited his work in the most prestigious European galleries, which is a huge achievement. At Designblok, he will present his latest collection in its world premiere,”. Plus, Michal Strach, who graduated from the AAAD in Prague last year, will present his dreamlike collection of toys made from soap in its world premiere.

The product design exhibition will be displayed in the Designblok Openstudio in the Industrial Palace at Výstaviště (Prague Holešovice). Fashion design finalists will present their work at a special circular Garden Stage, which will be part of the central hall, on Saturday October 29th. The winners in the two categories will be chosen by an international jury consisting of prominent European gallerists, curators, journalists and design theorists. The new members include Juliet Kinchin, curator of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York.

 

The Designblok Diploma Selection Jury for this year: Juliet Kinchin, Design Curator MoMA, New York; Lina Kanafani, Curator, Gallerist, MINT shop, London; Rossana Orlandi, Gallerist, Milan; Tulga Beyerle, Director of Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden – Pilnitz; Agnieszka Jacobson, School of Form, Poznań;  Natasha Binar, Fashion Theorist, Academy Fashion & Design (DE); Esther Sternkopf, Creative Director of ELLE PL; Jane Withers, Design Theorist, Curator, London; Noémie Schwaller, Editor-in-Chief of DASH Magazine (UK), Piero Gandini, Founder of Flos (IT); Francois Leblanc, Gallerist, Gallery S. Bensimon, Paris; Gilles Massé, Wallpaper Store, Milan; Cok de Rooy, Curator, Gallerist, Frozen Fountain, Amsterdam; Guus Beumer, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam; Adam Štěch, Curator and Design Theorist, Okolo, Prague; Andrea Běhounková, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE CZ (CZ); Danica Kovářová, Editor-in-Chief of Dolce Vita (CZ); Veronika Ruppert, Journalist, Editor of Modeschau, Radio Wave, (CZ)

The jury that shortlisted the finalists: Danica Kovářová, Veronika Ruppert, Adam Štěch, Jana Zielinski, Jiří Macek

PRODUCT DESIGN FINALISTS

Zuzana Svatik / Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava / SK
Sebastian Sticzay / Edinburgh College of Art / UK
Václav Mlynář / Royal College of Art, London / UK
Carla Rataus / Holon Institute of Technology / IL
Dominyka Sidabraite  / Berlin Weissensee School of Art / DE
Vladimir Chernosvitov / Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid / E
Luka Galchenko / Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid / E
Kristína Kollárovicsová / Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava / SK
Krisztina Vándor / Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design, Budapest / HU
Vlasta Kubušová , Verena Michels / Universität der Künste Berlin / DE
Viktorie Prokopová / Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague / CZ
Linda Vránová   / Czech technical university in Prague / CZ
Lukáš Houdek / Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague / CZ
Klára Chrudinová / Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague / CZ
Žaneta Mašková / University of West Bohemia in Pilsen / CZ
Lukáš Novák / Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague / CZ
Roman Kvita / Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague / CZ
Lucie Smorádková / Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem / CZ
Marie Krajníková / University of West Bohemia in Pilsen / CZ
Iva Kukurić  / Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague / CZ
Anna Štěpánková / Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague / CZ
Magdaléna Vojteková  / Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague / CZ
Eduard Herrmann / Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague / CZ
Alžběta Dvořáková / Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague / CZ

 

FASHION FINALISTS

Jorieke Tenbergen / ArtEZ Institute of the arts in Arnhem / NL
Mareike Ficht / ArtEZ Institute of the arts in Arnhem / NL
Teodora Todorova Spasova / National Academy of Arts in Sofia / BG
Karolina Janulevičiūtė / Vilnius Academy of Arts / LT
Loïc Glückmann / HELMo Mode /  BE-WAL
Federica Romeo / HARIM - Accademia Euromediterranea in Catania / IT
Yoan Galabov / National Academy of Arts in Sofia / BG
Terezie Otahalíková / Tomas Bata University in Zlín / CZ
Denisa Dovalová / Tomas Bata University in Zlín / CZ
Marie Nováková / Tomas Bata University in Zlín / CZ
Tereza Rosalie Kladošová / Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague / CZ
Nadie Borggreve / Royal Academy of Art, The Hague / NL
Danial Aitouganov / AMFI - Amsterdam Fashion Institute / NL

27. 9. 2016

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