Vision of the future
Written by: Štěpánka Strouhalová
Photo by: Věroslav Sixt
For years, Filip
Streit's designs have received awards at leading competitions
or attracted interest at international exhibitions. However,
he's still waiting for invention to come into vogue in Czech
STREIT'S DESIGN studies are always interesting for their view
into the future. First he created a futuristic bathroom design
with a retractable sunken rubber bathtub, winning the first prize
in Ravak's 21st Century Bathrooms competition. His concept of the
disposable polystyrene Swan chair in 2001, which he created in
cooperation with Petr Mikošek for the London exhibition Prague
Session was also innovative. "A cheap disposable chair would
bring significant financial savings for organizers of large social
events," Streit says. The chair, along with the original installation
in the exhibition, was also made of polystyrene, and enjoyed a
great response and publicity. But it's hard to find a manufacturer
to invest in the expensive development. "Creating the proper
forms for production lines costs hundreds of thousands of crowns," he
adds. One year later he presented a revolutionary inverted PET
bottle concept, this time in cooperation with Studio File. "The
bottle, which stands on its top, not only opens up a new shaping
method, it also brings certain technical advantages. For example,
the cap must be bigger for better stability, which makes it easier
Among his unrealized projects, his silver rings are an exception,
as they are successfully produced and sold by the Belda goldworks.
The unusual combination of silver on the surface and colored Corian
(a synthetic material) on the inner surface of the ring brings
a new look in jewelry decoration, revealing a decorative element
with a cross-section of the internal part of the circle. "Originally
I wanted to combine metal with plastic, creating a contrast between
cold metal and colorful material, and I finally found Corian, which
is suitably hard and harmlessness to health," he explains.
As part of his audacious concept, Streit also worked on designing
a new look for a scooter for Kentoya, which wanted to make its
existing model stand out. He used the new prototype for his thesis
work at the Institute of Applied Arts, thanks to which he not only
graduated but also received an award from the Hlávka Foundation
For Young Designers. With that the entire project ended. But Streit
isn't succumbing to romantic dreams - he's currently working with
Ivan Dlabač's Divan studio on a design for medical equipment, something
that is useful, but not guaranteed to bring kudos to the designer.
White polystyrene Swan chair
For those of you who remember tradition,
here are some great tips for furnishing a red shrine.
Three-part candle set,
CZK 2,280, De.co.
Marble boxes, CZK 1,250, 650,
and 350, Life style.
Glass mosaic tea-candle holder,
CZK 760, Donate.
Wooden lacquered bowls, CZK 690 and 420;
CZK 11,200, Nobis.
De.co, Perlová 6, Praha 1
Donate, Černá Růže, Na Příkopě 12, Praha 1
Life style, Štěpánská 51, Praha 1
Nobis, V Kolkovně 4, Praha 1
shop of the month
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