(jiří macek) When walking around the Superstudio Corso at Designblok, you will come across a simple installation consisting of a table and a chair. Do not go away immediately; wait for a moment – Pavol Mikuláš’s table is slowly growing.
Of course, I mean this only in a symbolic way. At first sight, the table is quite ordinary. However, if you look at it a bit closer, it might take you back in time. Or, at least for its creator – designer Pavol Mikuláš - it represents a return in time.
“The walnut table was created during 2005 when I was thinking about my future. I had just finished my studies at secondary art school and was longing for my own artistic realization. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to do design work. But I didn’t know where, how, and for whom,” Pavel confesses.
The return in time I referred to hides in the form of the furniture. “The table is a kind of reflection of my childhood spent in my grandfather’s carpentry workshop. My memories of this period are dim and largely idealized. So is my table: it’s a dream, or a poem, rather than a real piece of furniture that you can buy in a shop. At least that’s the way I see it. It is made of the wood from a walnut tree that was standing in the middle of our field. That might be the reason why its photographs came out so splendidly – I was taking in the same field where I grew up.”
However, it’s not only the photographs that are beautiful. It’s also the table itself. Its legs seem to be growing out of the soil. It reminds me of a situation when somebody bangs on the table and says: “I’m here!”
The table and the chair are Pavol Mikuláš’s first presentation after leaving Olgoj Chorchoj. “There were several reasons why I left Olgoj Chorchoj, but two were essential: first of all, it was the speed of designing at the studio and the superficiality deriving from it. It was really annoying me. It has always been my dream to be able to work on the design of one single chair for three years, for example. I thought I’d be able to afford it. The second reason was wanting to work on my own projects, mainly for Skoda. In spite of my strong addiction to Japanese tea, I couldn’t manage to work for Skoda and Olgoj Chorchoj at the same time. Nevertheless, we still have good relationships with the guys from Olgoj; I’m very happy about that. I can come to their studio at any time and have a chat with them over a cup of coffee.”
However, we should not be talking only about the table. There is also a simple, white, and brand new chair. It was made from beech wood by using a wood bending technique. “I spent one week in Milan this summer and was enchanted by the Superleggera chair 699 by Gio Ponti. I think this experience is reflected to a great extent in my chair. We’ll see how the table and the chair will get along with each other. The three year gap between them is a rather long period. At least during this period, a lot of things in my personal life changed.”
I’m sure that the table and the chair will get along very well. They do not even need words for that. In the place where they are standing, the whole world seems to have quieted down.
Ořechový stůl, design: Pavol Mikuláš, foto:Pavol Mikuláš