The book maps out the creative output of forty-two personalities in the field of Czech design during the final decade of the existence of Socialist Czechoslovakia and the following 1990s, when the market conditions underwent a radical change. In the 1980s, when the incompetent and cumbersome industrial sphere (with a few fine exceptions) buried all talent and good ideas, designers and architects reacted to this situation by manifesting a modern, contemporary style (the Edis and Atika artists’ groups). The transition to a market economy, globalization and the world’s markets brought new opportunities in the 1990s – a period that saw the emergence of new companies interested in collaborating with top-quality designers.
It was issued to accompany the exhibition in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, June – October, 1999.
texts: Milena Lamarová, Eva Jiřičná, Tereza Bruthansová, Ludmila Salačová
editions: English, Czech (Czech edition is out of stock)
translation: Peter Stephens, Kathleen Hayes, Štěpán Suchochleb
photographs: Gabriel Urbánek, and others
graphic design: Aleš Najbrt, Vladimír Anděl (Studio Najbrt & Lev)
binding: softback, 29 x 23 cm
price: 240,- CZK (English)