ARTĚL 1908–1935


Tschechischer Kubismus im Alltag

The German-language book explores one of the most outstanding institutions specializing in Czech applied arts and design of the first half of the 20th century. A variety of wares and designs bearing the prestigious Artěl trademark (ranging in style from late Art Nouveau, through Cubism, to Art Deco) is presented in several sections. Founded in Prague in 1908, Artěl associated prominent figures of the Czech art scene. Initially, it focused on designing and manufacturing „minor art for everyday use“ — small functional and decorative items made of wood, ceramic, metal and other materials. 

Over the years, it extended its activities to include comprehensive designs of interior spaces, both private homes and commercial interiors. An array of diverse views and trends emerged throughout Artěl’s existence, yet all invariably pursued a common goal: to introduce a modern aesthetic outlook into the field of applied arts and to help cultivate household design and the lifestyles of the residents. True in the past and today, Artěl takes its rightful place in Europe’s modern art and design movement, alongside the artistically inspiring Wiener Werkstätte in Austria and the Bauhaus in Germany.

Publishers: UPM and Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Leipzig
Editor: Jiří Fronek
Texts: Jiří Fronek, Lucie Zadražilová, Radim Vondráček, Vendula Hnídková et al.
Editions: German and Czech (Czech edition has been sold out)
Format: 28 x 21 cm, hard cover
Pages: 400
Reproductions: 750
ISBN 978-80-7101-093-7

Price: 960 CZK