Our good friends Tereza Jarčičová and Michel Cap 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 !
A polaroid of František Kšána in the butcher, Naše maso, Dlouhá Street, Prague.
A hand-drawn map of Prague illustrating the best spots in the city !
You might remember seeing Frej Wichmann’s furniture at Mint a few months ago. We showcased two of his innovative pieces during September’s LDF.
Everything the designer makes is crafted by hand. Concerned with sustainability, Frej found a way to incorporate recycled materials, such as plastic bags, into his work. Apart from the obvious environmental benefits, he hopes this will inspire small communities and local craftsmen to make use of the readily available materials that surround them. The Bubble Cabinet is even produced without electricity, demonstrating that great design can be produced in the most remote locations.
See him use a bicycle to turn a lathe and power the rope making machine here:
” I work with conceptual furniture in the field between arts, crafts & design. This allows me to be intuitive and spontaneous. With a few set guidelines I start working directly with the materials. I add interactive elements play to animate the physical bond between the user and the object. My ideas are born through old production techniques that lead me towards new possibilities.”
The Bubble Cabinet on show at Mint’s 2014 LDF exhibition. Also shown are plaster cups by Catinka Kerstin.
Mint prides itself on unveiling new techniques and processes. One of our latest finds comes from a young Czech designer who engineers controlled explosions in ceramic.
Adam Zelezny graduated last year from Umprum Academy in Prague. We picked up his graduation project ‘The Blast’ to show in September’s LDF exhibition.
“The Blast is a set of ceramic vessels that are shaped by a shockwave induced by controlled detonation. I am using a sophisticated system of explosive charges which – on basis of measurements and tests – determine the final shape of the bowls. As a result, I am presenting a set of different sized bowls which stand on the edge between fine and applied arts. The important point is the act of creation- the ‘blast’ event- which itself lasts no longer than the actual detonation. A shockwave shaping the bowl spreads at supersonic speed and partially imprints itself into the ceramic mass. It is a kind of punk analogy to an industrial porcelain production.”
The slow motion video below captures the formation of the bowls during the explosion. It’s an amazing new technique that requires a lot of training and skill so please don’t try this at home !
If you have any questions about the Blast bowls please contact us at email@example.com.
Last week the winners of the illustrious Wallpaper* Design Awards were announced. I’m pleased to reveal that Minimalux are the winners of the ‘Best Grid‘ category with the sleek Hash bookshelf ! You can see the brass version – also available in polish steel- in situ now at Mint. Alternatively if you have any questions about the piece please contact us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
‘The Hash is a solid, free standing structure that is constructed from a mesh of 33 individual, precision milled and hand polished solid brass bars, all mechanically fastened together to form a visually enticing framework and resting place for books and magazines.’ The non-lacquered brass can be treated to keep it’s luxurious shine or can simply be left to gradually gain it’s own, unique patina.
Continue reading for more images of the expertly crafted brass bookshelf as well as the nominees article featured in this months issue of Wallpaper* magazine.
Some of the most intriguing objects we’ve come across over the years have been pieces of jewellery. These tiny treasures have always been welcome guests at Mint, especially during the design festival in September. Last year, we handpicked two graduates from CSM, Tresy Liaunardy and Charlotte Emily Fisher, to represent their craft.
As we have watched the nights draw in and the New Year finally approach we have found our selves reflecting on the past year. In 2014 Mint has celebrated its’ most successful year to date as well as its’ 15th birthday! We have scoured the UK for hidden design gems, and visited our usual international hot spots as well as a few new locations in search of the latest emerging talent. Lina was also invited to judge at two different awards: Designblok in Prague, and the Interieur Awards at the Biennale Interieur, Kortrijk in Belgium.
When I asked the Mint team what was their favourite trip of the year, it was unanimous . . . Prague !
The medieval ‘Astronomical Clock‘ is one of Prague’s best known landmarks. Located in the Old Town square.