Prague Kolektiv - Czech Modern Furniture & Mid-century Design
07.09.2010 / 18:25
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Prague Kolektiv offers reproductions of original Czech furniture, lighting, glass and decorative objects. These pieces represent the designs of the pre-war Czech avant-garde and mid-century social realism
Prague Kolektiv, established in 2005, is the only enterprise in North America specializing in original Czech furniture, lighting, and decorative objects. These pieces represent the design of the pre-war Czech avant-garde and mid-century social realism.
Prague Kolektiv is a collaboration between Barton Quillen, a New York native, and Italian architect, Giovanni Negrisin. Both partners lived and worked for over 10 years in the Czech Republic, Quillen as a manager of major building restoration projects and director of an art center and Negrisin as an architect and interior designer on commercial and residential projects. During this period they were introduced to the remarkable achievements of Czech modernism and are active collectors.
Prague Kolektiv's showroom is located in the Dumbo section of the Brooklyn waterfront which over the years has been home to many artists. More recently, the area established itself as a center for furniture and home design. Prague Kolektiv's 3,000 square foot space occupies the ground floor of one of Dumbo's 19th century warehouses. Its industrial aesthetic provides a complementary backdrop for the collection. Pieces include furniture, lighting, glass and other decorative objects.
The pre-war and post-war periods in Czechoslovakia
produced outstanding designs in extraordinarily different
political, social and economic contexts. In many of the pre-war
Czech pieces that Prague Kolektiv carries, the influences from the
Bauhaus and architects such as Le Corbusier, Mart Stam, Adolf Loos
and Mies van der Rohe are unmistakable. Czech pieces won 27 gold
medals at the 1958 Brussels Expo. The designs from that period
reflect a simplicity of form and playful detail that are a distinct
trait of twentieth century Czech design.
attn.: Mr. Barton Quillen
143 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel.: +1 (718) 260-8013 office, +1 (917) 710-1047 cell