2 June 2016 - 5 June 2016
Flowers for Slovakia – Pass it on
Flowers for Slovakia is an extraordinary project for extraordinary students. The exhibition collections created within the Flowers for Slovakia project are inspired by Slovak traditions and Slovak cultural heritage. In the last five years, the project has acquired a reputation as a reliable platform for producing and presenting works by Slovak designers both at home and abroad.
Giving flowers means sharing beauty. In 2009 designers Lars Kemper and Peter Olah, in cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava came up with the idea of telling the story of Slovak culture through contemporary design. Through a non-traditional medium, i.e. contemporary design, the project tells an authentic story about the country, customs and people of Slovakia in a form that is comprehensible to the general public.
Up to now, the platform has created two representative travelling collections of design objects, produced 16 international exhibitions, won two awards and received four nominations at international design festivals. Flowers for Slovakia includes two exceptional exhibition projects: Handle with Care, design collections of glass objects, and Lost & Found, a collection of furniture and interior accessories by Vitra.
Unlike the previous collections, the third one has no main commercial partner from abroad and focuses on presenting Slovakia's qualities through stories of famous people from our country. Following the themes of glass and furniture, the theme of the third collection of the Flowers for Slovakia project is contemporary jewellery. The collection entitled Pass it on transforms references to and the life stories of personalities who have influenced their era and the direction of our society as well as culture, science or political events into symbolic objects.
Andrea Ďurianová, By Vilhan’s Design
FOTO: Adam Sakový