The future is BIG

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The 21st annual Designblok has chosen the future as its central theme. The future of art. The future of design. And you can experience all of it in person from October 17 to 21 at Výstaviště Praha. For this year’s edition of the largest festival of design and fashion in the Czech Republic, BROKIS has teamed up with BROKIS art director Lucie Koldova as the main partner for her installation called DESIGNERIE in the central hall. Visitors will see a unique cloud of light comprising Big One handblown lights.

Lucie Koldova shares her thoughts on Designblok 2019

Lucie, what inspired you to design the cosmic cloud at the very heart of Designérie? What kind of lights can visitors to Designérie see?
The theme of Designérie is the universe and the future, that is, a vision of the universe and the future as such. To portray the universe, I’ve used lights that call to mind small planets and shining stars. Simple forms, bright reflections, celestial bodies bearing upon one another, cores and shells fading in and out… It’s something that evokes the universe and the galaxy.

The primary light comprising the central installation – the cosmic cloud – is Big One. The cosmic cloud is made up of smaller and larger planets with levitating luminous cores. The more complicated the installation and its assembly, the more powerful the resulting effect. Just like in the universe, everything is radiant and bright from a distance, but at the same time it’s also very complex.
Another key product at Designblok, Capsule, can be seen in the Vitra installation. Here again, we have a mass orbiting around an inner body. That signifies physical reciprocation, and it’s something I’ve been interested in for several years and have been developing with Brokis since 2014. Finally, there’s IVY, the newest organic product of 2019.

How long have you been working on the Designérie project, and what approach have you taken?
I’ve been working on it for nine months now. It’s become something of a child to me, which is how it was with the Das Haus project in Germany. My main focus is designing products right down to the smallest of details, but this was a huge space open to the general public. So, I took that as a challenge. I wanted to get Brokis even more involved in Designblok and create a spectacular installation to bring the brand closer to visitors. This is the very first time we see such an exclusive cloud of light by Brokis opening the gates to bespoke projects.

What else at Designérie are you looking forward to?
Each zone within Designérie is unique and different, despite the fact that everything is unified by means of hanging disks dividing the space of the individual zones. In addition to the cosmic cloud, I’m looking forward to the universe module, a newly designed rocket, and another symbol of light in it, Puro Fire – fire transformed into light. What I’m most looking forward to, however, is a productive discussion on the main stage about the future.

What do you see as the light of the future?
For me, the light of the future isn’t found only in advanced technologies and special materials but namely in the constant propagation and sustainment of our authentic Bohemian glassmaking history. It’s the real added value of people without the overuse of robots… The people who make a light a light and by so doing cultivate our cultural heritage. To me, that’s the future, not only with regard to light. Let’s not take the human factor out of the equation.

Thank you for the interview, Lucie. I look forward to meeting again in the future.
As do I. And I look forward to seeing you at Designblok 2019 from October 17 to 21 at Výstaviště Praha.
I invite you to come listen to my talk on light and the future, which is taking place on Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Superstudio.