Young, practical, minimal: Jan Plechac & Henry Wielgus’ design
The maximum in simplicity and modularity. Jan Plechac & Henry Wielgus, the design duo from the Czech Republic, reaffirm this concept with 3 collections presented during Fuori Salone 2013 in Milan.
Let's start with "The Neverending Glory collection", on display at Galleria Rossana Orlandi, made for the Prague-based brand Lasvit. A series of 5 ceiling lamps that reinterpret 5 of the most celebrated candleholder silhouettes coming from the world of theatre and concert halls: from La Scala to Palais Garnier, from the Metropolitan Opera of Bolshoi, up to Národní Divadlo, the national theatre of Prague, distilled into elegant and minimalist crystal forms.
Again in the court of via Matteo Brandello we discover limited edition series "Stavebnice 01". "We wanted to create a collection for young people, that can adapt to their spaces", explains Henry Wielgus. With ash logs and lacquered steel joints it is indeed possible to assemble and customize bookshelves, shelving systems, work tables and clothes hangers.
With "Stavebnice 02" the expressive and chromatic vocabulary changes, but not the functional principle. If the forms of Jan and Henry’s prototypes in fact resemble molecular clusters, each sphere, in lacquered oak and connected like pearls on a string, guarantees modularity and easy storage. Not bad if you were thinking of buying a coat hanger for example, which you can fold and easily carry in your bag.
Photos via janandhenry.com
a chat with Jordy van den Nieuwendijk