The contemporary situation in furniture design in general is markedly liberal and multifarious and presents us with many questions. During the last decade, perceptions of lifestyle have become democratized. There is no universal guide to how contemporary design should look. It cannot be said that a certain style dominates in design or that a single trend prevails. Furniture created by means of industrial mass production exists side-by-side with small-scale production and limited editions. A special place is occupied by design emphasizing craftsmanship and experimental pieces distributed by the authors themselves or via galleries. Furniture design reacts naturally to the numbers of consumer and demand in all the area mentioned.
The mission of the Furniture course is to educate those who are interested in designing furniture and interiors to build our aesthetics surroundings. The course is a diverse collection of practical and theoretical disciplines, dedicated to the primacy of studio practise and understanding the background of furniture design in the Czech Republic and the area of Central Europe.
3 week course is structured to capture imagination and creativity in designing, to develop practical skills and critical thinking ability in shaping our contemporary environment.
Professor Architect Jiří Pelcl teaches at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, where he was the chancellor in 2002–2005. Besides practical activities he deals with the theory of design, he publishes texts and as a guest he lectures at both domestic and foreign schools (Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, University of California Berkeley, RCA London, Yale University, ENSDI Paris, SCIARCH Los Angeles). He has created a lot of interiors of prestigious buildings (interiors for president Václav Havel at Prague Castle, Czech Embassies in Rome and Pretoria, Czech House in Malmö, etc.). In 2006 he won the National Design Award, the Form award in Germany, and in 2007 the Design Plus award in Germany and the Czech Grand Design award for the designer of the year. His work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery in Prague, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the Moravian Gallery in Brno, Die Neue Sammlung in Munich, Museum fűr Gestaltung in Zürich, the Swedish Glassmuseum in Smalands, the Museum of Applied Arts in Frankfurt.
A4/A3 sketch pads
fine black camera for photography (able to transfer images to computer) – mobile phone is sufficient.
the students will also use photoshop and Maya 3D. If they have their own laptops with these programs, it would be great, but the Institute has iMac computers with the programs pre-installed.