The generation of designers that grew up in the late 80s and the 90s brought a special kind of creativity and a critical view to their colleagues’ work from the previous decades. The common practice of taking inspiration from the West after the gate of freedom opened in the early 90s has been replaced recently by more individual approaches to design. The emphasis is on modern technologies on the one hand, and drawing inspiration from everyday objects with their own history on the other.
Czech society is now more interested in professional design. Internationally recognized events like Prague Designblok, the International Biennial of Graphic Design in Brno or the prestigious Czech Grand Design annual award ceremony (since 2006) have established public recognition for the most influential designers, and informed the public on new trends in Czech design. This has also generated higher interest in the Czech mass media, and prompted new clients to work with designers.
The importance of personal experience in design methodology defines the current Czech design scene. Relationships between objects in living spaces and the quest for new forms with optimal functionality are the most important goals for the middle generation. This contrasts with the desire to communicate the political culture and public climate via personal experience, which typifies the work of the younger generation. This contrast is illustrated in our selection of a “dialog of two materials” – glass and porcelain – in the work of two well‑known Czech design studios: Studio Pelcl and Qubus. Both, however, enjoy finding new possibilities and pushing the limits of design.