(jiří macek) The winners of the Czech Grand Design 2009 Awards were announced yesterday in the Stavovské divadlo (The Estates Theatre) in Prague. Here they are.
The international Academy of Design of the Czech Republic, which consists of 42 curators and theoreticians from prominent Czech and international institutions, plus 18 top journalists in the field of design, nominated 173 subjects for 214 projects in seven categories for the fourth year of the annual Czech Grand Design Awards. After three voting rounds, the following designers and companies received the award, designed by Jan Čtvrtník:
Radim Babák a Ondřej Tobola, a.k.a. Hippos Design, won Designer of the Year 2009 – the Award of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic – for the Foga vase and the 6, 6+1, and 3 furniture systems (mminterier) for the National Technical Library in Prague. Moreover, the systems constituted an essential part of the gala evening.
Jakub Polanka won the Fashion Designer of the Year 2009 Award for three collections – Stardust, Re-evolution, and the limited collection for Simple.
Petr Babák, Laboratoř won the Graphic Designer of the Year 2009 Award for the visual style, information system, and the catalogue for the National Technical Library (in collaboration with Jan Matoušek, Jaromír Skácel, Tereza Šerá, and Richard Rozhoň), plus the Projektil architekti 2002/2008 publication. Moreover, Petr Babák won the Grand Designer of the Year 2009 Award because he received the highest number of nominations across the categories.
Bára Prášilová won the Photographer of the Year 2009 Award for the photos of the Quiksilver Women collection, for a series for Esprit LN, and for photos for the Křehký publication.
Simple Conceptstore won the Distributor of the Year 2009 Award for the store concept and collections from Czech designers Jakub Polanka, Zdeněk Vacek, and Helena Mertlová.
Botas won the Manufacturer of the Year 2009 Award – the Award for Industrial Design from the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic – for new editions of Botas66 shoes and accessories created in collaboration with designers Jan Kloss and Jakub Korouš.
Lucie Koldová, who was also nominated in the Designer of the Year category, won the Discovery of the Year 2009 – Česká spořitelna Award for the design of the Cheeky boxes system, the Treasury table, and Home Fitness furniture.
František Vízner, an exceptional and very active figure in Czech glassmaking, entered the Hall of Fame for his life-long collaboration with the glass-making industry, as well as his artistic studio work, through which he does not lose sight of the vessel of a simple shape as the main starting point for production. František Vízner has created harmonically balanced pressed, hot-shaped, and cut glass that is very inspiring for the development of this industry.
The guests who handed out the awards to the winners included such prominent figures as Karel Schwarzenberg, Karel Gott,Tereza Maxová, Jana Kirschner, Ivana Chýlková, Linda Rybová, and Jíří Grygar. The Robot was of course present as well. We are working on a report from the gala evening in the Stavovské divadlo, which could take place primarily thanks to the support of the main partner of the Czech Grand Design Awards – Česká spořitelna – and partners such as Vitra, UPP, and PSJ.
Síň slávy: František Vízner