Cihelna Concept Store
The aim of Cihelna Concept Store is simple: it wants to bring together the best of Czech design together in one space. And it certainly succeeds. It showcases new designs from recent Czech graduates alongside pieces from established names, genre-bending works in one corner, arresting must-have-them pieces in another. Depending on what is being exhibited, the all-white space might show glasswork by renowned sculptor Rony Plesl, illustrated china from Maestrokatastrof, jewellery from Věra Nováková or from the Blueberries brand (from Markéta Richterová and Zbyněk Krulich), or furniture from traditional Czech manufacturer, Kovonax. Solo exhibitions are a particular draw here.
The brick building that houses Cihelna Concept Store was a factory back in the day – that being the 18th century. It makes for a striking home for the design space. It’s not far from the river, or from some of the city’s main tourist sites, including the Charles Bridge, which takes you right over into the heart of the Old Town. But here, in a quiet spot in the Malá Strana (the Lesser Town), Cihelna Concept Store couldn’t be further from the tourist mayhem. It offers a glimpse of local design talent that’s utterly divorced from the souvenirs you find with “Prague” splashed all over them, offering instead a glimpse at the city’s real creative identity.