Spirit Of The East
design: Maxim Velčovský
2007, svícen, porcelán
Trabant – první automobil rodiny Velčovských i designérská ikona socialistického východu. Maxim Velčovský dal trabantu podobu emotivní porcelánové hračky s funkcí svícnu. Může sloužit jako připomínka starých časů, tryzna pro majitele bakelitového originálu, ale v několika exemplářích je možné ho použít i ve smyslu dětské situační hry a inscenovat putování po prostoru pokoje, parkoviště, dopravní zácpu nebo havárii.
2007, candle holder, porcelain
Trabant: the first car of the Velčovský family and a design icon of the socialist East. It was brought to the spotlight by U2’s Zoo TV tour in early 1992 when eleven painted trabants were suspended above the stage as part of the lighting rig. Maxim Velčovský converted tribunate into an emotional porcelain toy functioning as a candle holder. It can serve as a memento of the old times, a commemoration of the owners of the Bakelite original, and in several specimens can be also used as part of a children’s play, staging a journey around the room, a car park, a traffic jam or an accident.
Maxim Velčovský was born in 1976. He completed his studies at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. In 2002 he co-founded Qubus Design Studio - already very well-known czech design studio with iconic art works of ceramic and glass. In 2007 he won the Designer of the Year award. Velčovský mainly works with the concept of transforming objects from their usual materials to porcelain and glass. He often gives a new sense to old objects and he calls this process "restarting". He has taken part in dozens of exhibitions and his works are included in, e.g. the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the Victoria&Albert Museum in London, the Neue Pinakothek in Munich or the Mudac in Lausanne. Nowadays he is a head of the Ceramics and Porcelain Atelier at Fine Arts Academy in Prague.