(jiří macek) This popular showroom that sells Czech design pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries has presented its new space that has linked Celetná Street with the Hrzánská passageway, as well as the Gothic underground to contemporary design. Inside 350 square meters, one can find items from serial production and unique pieces. Such a present befits Prague very well.
The original Modernista boutique on Celetná, where one can still find interior accessories and smaller giftware such as jewelry, toys, porcelain, glass, and fashion accessories designed by contemporary designers, serves as the gateway to the new space. The three halls in the Gothic underground, where the cult club of the early 1990s – U zoufalců – was located, display glass pieces from the 1960s and 70s made, for instance, by Rony Plesl, together with iconic furniture and lights from the 20th century designed in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, England, and the USA. This is where Art Deco, functionalism, cubism, and the Brussels epoch reign. Among the designers represented, one can find e.g. Jindřich Halabala, Pavel Janák, Marcel Kammerer, Alexander Begge, and Adolf Loos, whose legendary chaise longue from Müller Villa occupies one underground aisle. Many of the exhibited pieces are restored originals. The collection of replicas produced by Modernista, including several pieces designed by Jindřich Halabala and the above-mentioned chaise longue by Adolf Loos, is also interesting. The new space is very becoming.
For more information, see www.modernista.cz