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Apr 20, 2011 6:30 PM - May 26, 2011 6:00 PM

New G(o)ods 2010!

DESIGN EXHIBITION. An exhibition of the 2010 Czech National Awards for Student Design, with prototypes, models, and proposals. Open through May 26, 2011.



New G(o)ods 2010!

An Exhibition of the 2010 Czech National Awards for Student Design

 - Opening with curator’s remarks Wendesday, April 20, 6:30pm

‘Czech Design Then, And Now’ –a panel discussion with the curator and winners, Wednesday, April 20, 7:30pm


‘New G (o)ods 2010!’ showcases the work of an up-and-coming generation of Czech designers – the winners of the 2010 Czech National Awards for Student Design. With playful concepts and unique aesthetics, the students of Czech schools of industrial design, architecture, graphic design, and fashion design address environmental issues as well as propose solutions for an aging population. At the exhibit, prototypes, models, and proposals will be on view, including a prototype called ‘Tvor’, the winning design for an intelligent lamp, prototypes of furniture, and a proposal for a hydroelectric power station.

The opening will be followed by an informal and lively discussion with Lenka Zizkova, one of the curators of the exhibition, Jindrich Vodicka, the winner of the 2010 Czech National Prize for Student Design, and Jiri Toman, a student of graphic design.

Moderated by design editor of CZECHDESIGN.CZ Katerina Kyselica, the discussion will revolve around the status of contemporary Czech design, its continuity and discourse with the past, and the role of design education in the Czech Republic.


Lenka Zizkova is an architect, independent curator, adjunct professor, and writer who focuses on the history and theory of design. She studied sociology at Masaryk University, Brno; and architecture and urbanism in the Department of Architecture at Brno University of Technology, both in the Czech Republic; and the theory of architecture and design at the Helsinki University of Technology, Otatiemi, Finland. In addition to her extensive published work, she was an editor-in-chief of Czech design magazines “Domov” and “Bydleni”.  Lenka has curated over fifty design exhibitions worldwide. In 2008, she founded a Czech non-profit organization, Design Cabinet CZ, which she directs.

Jindrich Vodicka graduated from the Prague Academy of Art and Design in 2010. During his design residency at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, lead by Simon Heijdens, Jindrich began exploring interactive design. ’Tvor’ , an  interactive lighting design and the winning design for the 2010 National Prize for Student Design, was his final thesis. He continues his new passion for interactive design in his practice in Brno creating his ‘Living Things’. “It is not my ultimate goal to use interactive design for the elimination of human labor. Rather, by creating ‘Living Things’ I attempt to add the characteristics and capabilities of living creatures to objects”.

Jiri Toman is currently studying for his Masters Degree in graphic design at the Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in Usti Nad Labem, the Czech Republic. Despite his young age, Jiri’s work has received many awards, particularly for his posters and logotypes. Logotypes created in collaboration with Michal Kukacka landed him important commissions for the Czech Ministry of Environment and the University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Jiri attended international workshops with Dany Bartelt (USA), Pekka Loiri (Finland) and  Piotr Kunce and Lech Majewski (Poland). Jiri specializes in corporate identity and type design.

Katerina Kyselica is an interior designer, artist and freelance journalist living in New York City. She is a design editor for the Czech non-profit organizations CZECHDESIGN.CZ and design odyssey beyond 2010. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Czech Center New York, and actively writes about and promotes Czech culture and design.

Design Cabinet CZ is a Czech non-profit organization that promotes design and seeks integration of design professionals with the industries. Established in 2008, Design Cabinet CZ organizes competitions, workshops, lectures, and exhibitions to actively search for design talents and to promote design. It closely cooperates with industry leaders and firms seeking designers. Design Cabinet CZ is funded through private resources, sponsoring and partnership. It offers an extensive database of Czech design professionals and other resources to facilitate new ventures and integration of design.

The Czech National Prize for Student Design was introduced by a Czech non-profit organization Design Cabinet CZ in 2008 to showcase design work from college and high school students. The 2010 winners were selected from 170 submissions by three independent juries consisting of professors, independent experts and established Czech designers. One work was awarded the National Award for Student Design; five works receive the Excellent Student design and 12 works the Outstanding Student Design.


More information regarding the exhibition:

Design Cabinet CZ

Student Design: Playful, Thorough, And In Demand

"Tvor": Perhaps the world's most existetinal lamp





Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
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From: Apr 20, 2011 6:30 PM
To: May 26, 2011 6:00 PM


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