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After successful glass collection Handle with Care, the project Flowers for Slovakia comes back loaded with 15 new talents. Supported by Vitra, new collection titled Lost & Found is devoted to redefining traditional Slovak furniture.

In june 2013, group of 15 young Slovak design students was selected by F4SK core team to “find the lost”. Every student chose an everyday household object, up to 100 years old. Lost & Found collection is a result of one week workshop, that took place in the heart of Slovakia – historical city of Banská Štiavnica.

Again – each object tells a story. Project authors – Lars Kemper and Peter Olah – defined the main mission of the collection as an aim “to analyze, understand and redefine the message of Slovak folk art and craft“. Original objects needed to be brought back to life again. During the workshop, the authors and workshop participants were intensively restoring these products of local craft – rethinking their functions in combination with parts of industrially manufactured Vitra furniture.

Original Slovak creative techniques, pieces made by hand for one’s own use, are mixed with unmistakable aesthetics of Vitra products. Lost & Found collection present 18 unique assemblages that remind us of Slovak furniture tradition and question the language of a Slovak product with contemporary meaning.

Lost & Found Team of selected design students consits of Mária Bujňáková, Nikoleta Čeligová, Matej Dubiš, Natália Hoosová, Petra Huraiová, Šimon Kern, Miro Král, Vlasta Kubušová, Štefan Nosko, Soňa Otiepková, Mária Pospíšilová, Terézia Rapčanová, Zuzana Šišovská, Dana Tomečková and Martin Žabka.

The collection will be first time presented on Bratislava Design Week (17 – 22. 9. 2013), continuing to Prague Designblok (7. – 13. 10. 2013) – where you will have the opportunity to see the collection at the Vitra showroom [Křižíkova 34, Praha 8]

The project Flowers for Slovakia gives special possibilities to selected students who highlighted themselves with their attitude, talent and skills in the field of design. Professional designers decided to “give a gift“ to students with extraordinary talent and qualities – and since 2009 the project redefines Slovak design education.

While creating connections between school and industry, our goal is to present Slovak design talents to wide international audience – thanks to Flowers for Slovakia selected students get the chance to experience the cooperation with established manufacturers, they have possibilities to present themselves in special expert media and to exhibit at international design and art shows.