Written by: Anita Lišková
Photo by: Věroslav Sixt
|Petr Jan Řehák
Printer Jan Petr Obr’s workshop flourished in the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His distant relative has now created a link to that famous epoch of traditional quality printing.
AFTER THE Velvet Revolution, Petr Řehák began doing business in various sectors, including the production of books for bibliophiles. This sort of production requires hand-made paper, which had to be purchased at great expense, so Řehák, originally a lawyer by profession, began making it under primitive conditions himself. “It soon became clear to me that this was precisely what I want to do. I met with interesting people, with the result being something beautiful,” Řehák says. Today, Bohemia Paper has 35 employees and a binding and engraving shop, and is one of the three largest printing houses in Europe using this technology. The product line was extended to include comprehensive, above-standard printing services, covering business cards, letterhead paper, and invitation cards for various events.
A customer can choose from many printed patterns, while more creative clients can avail themselves of production according to their own designs. Additionally, Bohemia Paper offers graphics and engravings printed on hand-made or cotton paper, limited series of books bound in leather, or hand-colored new prints. “A business card is often the only thing exchanged at meetings. Therefore, it should meet a certain standard,” Řehák explains, adding that he regrets that there is only minor interest in business cards on the Czech market. For several years now, Czech governmental ministries have used Bohemia Paper products. Thanks to cooperation with companies such as Dunhill and Cartier, the company was even able to print Madonna’s wedding announcement.
The company makes deliveries to luxury department stores all around the world, and according to Řehák, it is still running at only 15% of its capacity. “At the beginning, we were somewhat underestimated abroad, but today we have earned respect. It isn’t simple, but that is what we have chosen, and we want to be very good.”
|Letter box with letterhead paper
|Menus, New Year’s cards and invitation cards for various occasions
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