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Mint is delighted to have had the opportunity to showcase the Booming Vases series, a work by Analogia Project & Alessio Sarri of Italy.

The project draws inspiration from the two opposing essential elements that make our existence: air and matter, power and fragility. The making process of the objects followed an experimental methodology: a controlled detonation shapes the pure geometrical white ceramic, followed by drying and cooking in traditional way.

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Booming Vases by Analogia Project & Alessio Sarri

 

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The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (often abbreviated to UMPRUM) is located in Prague, Czech Republic. The country’s reputation for design is first-class and many of their leading figures once graduated from the university.

Mint has long been a supporter of designers from the Czech Republic so, for last year’s LDF, we thought it only appropriate to show a range of work by some of their brightest and youngest. Unfortunately for you the pieces have now left the gallery. Luckily, however, we’ve compiled a little reminder so you can familiarise yourselves with their genius once again!

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Matthijs Holland explores gender identity in his photographic series, NormALL. In a remarkable feat of disguise the artist manages to impersonate pharoah, pope and even geisha.

We displayed the series last September for the London Design Festival and thought it was high-time we gave it a spot on the blog.

The series contains five portraits depicting men and women throughout history who have transcended gender norms: the female pharoah, Hatshepsut; Pope Joan who allegedly disguised herself as a man to become the only ‘she-pope’ in history; Segawa Kikunojo III, a famous Japanese male actor who played female roles with particular flair; as well as Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, author of ‘I Am My Own Wife’, and Henry III of France who is thought to have engaged in same sex relations with his court favourites.

Matthijs hopes to give a voice to men and women across the world who face intimidation and persecution for being gay or transgender. After all, femininity and masculinity are social definitions. What about those of us who don’t fit inside the mould?

For further details on the portraits please email us at info@mintshop.co.uk

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Matthijs Holland NormAll, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, pigment ink on paper 62 x 91 cm

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We had the pleasure to celebrate our 15th birthday in Prague where we felt warmly welcomed by our friends Jana Zielinski and Jiří Macek. Apart from being amazing hosts, Jana and Jiří are also the founders of Křehký Gallery, and the promoters of the most unique Czech design. The country is currently gaining a great reputation in the design world and it is surely known for its long history of industrial manufacture.

Mint and Křehký share the same love for the captivating elegance of Czech design and we had the pleasure to showcase some of the best designers of the country in our gallery for London Design Festival 2013.

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If you have visited Mint recently you would have undoubtably come across the exquisite new range of American walnut furniture by Smilow Design.   We were introduced to the beautifully crafted collection back in 2013 and we have now extended the collection to include various models from the current pieces, see photographs below.

P1020791_2The Woven Rush Lounge Chair at Mint.  Constructed from solid walnut with a  hand-woven rush seat & back.

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Our good friends Tereza Jarčičová and Michel Čáp have created the first Polaroid city guide, Spud. Armed with their trusty Polaroid camera they visit every inch of Prague seeking out the best spots the city has to offer.

Focusing on fresh places with unique atmosphere the guide depicts the best cafes, shops, creative studios and architectural sites. Spud approaches the people behind the projects, telling stories through the eyes of those who are shaping the city.

This is an independent guide for independent travellers and it is not to be missed!

Whether you are familiar with the extraordinary city, or new to its sights Spud makes for an interesting read.

You can check out the full listings on Spud @ http://www.spud.cz/en. Please share via social media and spread the word !

6_NaseMasoA polaroid of František Kšána in the butcher, Naše maso, Dlouhá Street, Prague.

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 15.09.54A hand-drawn map of Prague illustrating the best spots in the city ! Illustration by Karolína Stryková.

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