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DESIGN DAYS 2002 HIGHLIGHTS INTERNATIONAL AND SLOVAK TRENDS

Modern craftsmanship

"IT'S difficult to speak of national elements in design because [Slovak design] has become very internationalised in recent years. But still, there are things that could be considered characteristic, for example objects that are a cross between modern designs and [traditional] handicrafts," says Ľubica Fábri, director of the Slovak Design Centre (SCD).
To support and promote Slovak design and to present new design trends from the international and Slovak scenes, the SCD has organised an event entitled Design Days 2002. This series of exhibitions, being presented in various galleries, museums and design studios across the city of Bratislava, will run through the beginning of February.


INTERIOR of the ÚĽUV Design Studio.
photo: Courtesy of SCD

"IT'S difficult to speak of national elements in design because [Slovak design] has become very internationalised in recent years. But still, there are things that could be considered characteristic, for example objects that are a cross between modern designs and [traditional] handicrafts," says Ľubica Fábri, director of the Slovak Design Centre (SCD).

To support and promote Slovak design and to present new design trends from the international and Slovak scenes, the SCD has organised an event entitled Design Days 2002. This series of exhibitions, being presented in various galleries, museums and design studios across the city of Bratislava, will run through the beginning of February.

"The idea behind this 'show of design' was to create a mixture of lectures, exhibitions, commercial presentations and other events and to establish a meeting place for both professionals and the general public," adds Fábri.


COFFEE table by Etela Lučová, created from glass, wicker and metal.
photo: Courtesy of SCD

The different parts of the event, which complement each other, deal with design as an indispensable part of our lives. While the commercial part includes special offers and presentations by design and graphic studios, furniture showrooms and glassware stores, the artistic section focuses on design in applied and decorative arts.

An artistic couple working in different fields of traditional handicraft will present their works at K Gallery on Ventúrska. While Gabriela Luptáková will exhibit plastics, jewellery boxes and jewellery made from ceramics and found objects, her husband, Jozef Lupták, will display knives.

Originally a sculptor who turned to making artistic knives, Lupták says that he has fulfilled a childhood dream. His knives are not mere replicas of historic objects but original works of art that are created using an old technique that mixes hard and soft steel so the structure of the metal remains visible in the finished blade. The handles are made out of wood, horn, metal and marble, giving the finished product a very refined feel.


JOZEF Lupták's knives...
photo: Courtesy of K Gallery

The domain of another artist, young designer Etela Lučová, is furniture and interior design. Her objects, displayed at ÚĽUV Design Studio, are described in the catalogue as "charming creations with a touch of tradition". The original way she combines contrasting materials has earned her the honorary prize at the national competition for folk arts and crafts.

"Her work is definitely part of modern Slovak design. For instance, for a sofa she uses a very modern metal alloy for the frame and combines it with wicker for the seat, which is a material traditionally used in local handicraft," says Viera Kleinová, the curator of Lučová's exhibition.

The ÚĽUV institution, which unites most of the artists and craftsmen involved in folk art and crafts in Slovakia, will also be participating in Design Days 2002. A veteran among its traditional designers is Jana Menkynová, who has been working in the field for more than 30 years. Together with the Bratislava City Museum, ÚĽUV has prepared a retrospective exhibition of her varied work.


...AND his wife's ceramics.
photo: Courtesy of K Gallery

"She has been working with almost all the materials that are traditional in Slovak handicraft - wood, textile, metal, wire, horn and wicker, and she has designed everything from clothes to jewellery and from children's toys to crockery. She is a multifacetted artist," says Beáta Husová, one of the museum's organisers.

Even though Slovaks are known to the world mainly for their industrial design, many of Slovak designers who have received international awards have drawn inspiration from the country's handicraft tradition.

Etela Lučová - Furniture and Interior Design. Dizajn štúdio ÚĽUV, Dobrovičova 13. Open Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00 until January 3. Admission free. Tel: 02/5296-4153.
Gabriela and Jozef Lupták - Ceramic Objects and Artistic Knives. K Gallery, Ventúrska 8. Open Mon-Fri 13:00-18:00 until January 6. Admission free. Tel: 02/5443-3927.
Jana Menkynová - Design and Handicraft. Mestské múzeum, Stará radnica (City museum, Old Town Hall), Primaciálne nám. 3. Open Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-18:00 until February 2. Admission: Sk30. Tel: 02/5443-4742.
For more information and a catalogue contact Slovenské centrum dizajnu (Slovak Design Centre) at Jakubovo nám. 12. Tel: 02/5293-1523.

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