Vibrators, Venus Balls, and Vibrating Eggs manufactured in the Czech Republic with Swiss cotton were created by designer Anna Maresova who, in conjunction with gynecologists, aimed to “promote sexuality and intimate products for women in a dignified and stylish manner” with the large scale production of elegant vibrators that are pure in form but wicked by nature.
Giving new meaning to the term “office park” a group of innovators from the co-working center Pracovna launched their wooden platform office space, complete with wi-fi connection, last summer. This marks its second season and the outdoor cubicle is currently open from 10-20:00 at the Letná metronome.
The backpack that’s a seat
Hithit: Successfully completed in June 2014
Who hasn’t slumped atop a pile of luggage while waiting for a train and fantasized that someday someone would event a convertible “seatcase” worthy of MacGyver? That day has come – the world’s first sitting backpack hides an ergonomically correct stool that was designed by orthopeditsts.
Lukas & Robertson Furniture
Salvaged furniture with a “human” touch
Hithit: Succesfully completed in June 2015
From a shoe cabinet with wooden feet to a gramaphone stand with ears, these bespoke furniture makers are turning the design world on its head with skillfully upcycled pieces—the duo uses antique furniture from the Czechslovak era—that verge on surrealist art. Their campaign asked for funds to attend the 2015 Berlin Design Festival.
The Folk Architecture Project
A lofty memorial to folk architecture in Eastern Slovakia
Hithit: Succesfully completed in August 2013
Artist Tomáš Džadoň created a monument to Slovak folk culture by placing three log cottages on the roof of a pre-fab housing estate on the outskirts of Košice in Eastern Slovakia. The landmark still stands and can be viewed today if you happen to be in the area; or order a postcard set from Artmap in Prague 1.
The creepiest carousel ever
Hithit: Successfully completed in December 2013
Artist Barbora Bálková raised funds to create grotesquely realistic figures of four the world’s most reviled dictators, posed on all fours and attached to rocking-horse tracks, mechanically propelled in circles by a carousel. The exhibit, called “From Nowhere to Nowhere” was last on display in Prague at the FotoGrafic Gallery.
Hotel Ještěd Bar Restoration
Throwback cocktail lounge in space-craft communist tower
Katalyzator: Successfully completed in January 2015
The group Ještěd73 sought to restore this iconic Liberec hotel’s bar to the original Mad Men standards of the interior’s original architect Otakar Binar, who is will oversee the reproduction of everything from bar stools and chairs, right down to the rounded tables with lightening glass panels. For more see Restoring an Iconic Bar to Its Retro Glory.