Another City


Prague is a place that has a long history and is an annual stop for many tourists coming to see the ancient monuments and taste the good beer. The tourists are attracted by the notorious view of Prague Castle and the corso through Kampa and Charles Bridge. But what is actually Prague and how is it perceived by those who cross the city on their everyday routes between home, work and relaxation?

The city is different… brings a piece of it to the Łódź Design Festival. DRN (TURF) is the ceramic flowerpot based on an authentic piece of land. Each lump of the clay that served as the model is tied to a particular place and person. He picked up the spade and scored one moment in the time and space.

We see design as an integral part of the culture and we do not draw a line between it and the arts. We produce limited editions, or series for everyday use in collaboration with traditional workshops, fellow designers and artists.

Within the Łódź Design Festival will be introduced a new project DRN, which is being produced by in collaboration with Antonín Tomášek.

FLOWERPOT is a subject delimiting the living space of a piece of nature that we have taken to our home. We do not grow plants merely due to their beauty and beneficial effects, but also because they bring us back to something authentic. They raise emotions in us and recall memories of familiar and specific or imaginary places and witness us being parts of those places. The care we give the green, regularly reminds us, where is our home, returning us to the natural pace of life. Roommate plants help us to really experience our space and the time spent in it. In addition, taking care about these humble bits of nature enables us to experience a sense of home, even though harsh conditions, even in a forced solitude…

DRN (TURF) is the ceramic flowerpot based on an authentic piece of land. Each lump of the clay that served as the model is tied to a particular place and person. He picked up the spade and scored one moment in the time and space. This gave rise to the original footprint determining the final form of flowerpots – the narrator of the story about a place that might already have changed or disappeared entirely. Our turf is made of fired clay of various sizes established in porcelain trays for ground water. We do not overshadow the flowers, which grow; we do not want to obscure the blooms, leaves or stems. DRN is just a piece of land for the plant, which we carry home with us.

KREJCÁREK – Garden colonies have been the green alternative for a city resident in Central Europe since the 19th century. Within the area of Prague the gardening phenomenon has a tradition of more than a hundred years, and despite all changes in social climate during which the popularity of gardens oscillated, the supporters of the so-called urban greening have been on the rise lately. Apart from denizens, more and more young people spend their free time growing their own vegetables. Nonetheless, such places are disappearing under developers’ projects and play no part in the city’s or country’s future plans.

One such area soon to remain only in our memories is a colony on the dividing line of two city parts Prague 3 and Prague 8 called “Krejcárek”. It is one of the older colonies dating back to the times when there was a stripe of gardens reaching all the way to Vítkov, the area of today’s Memorial. An island of green, originally situated in the estate of Czech Railways, resisted the construction efforts in its surroundings all the way until 2012 when its fate was sealed. As well as in the cases of other abolished colonies, the gardeners themselves had little opportunity to change the course of events, and so history repeats. Once the gate closes after the last evicted gardener, a new building era will begin. They certainly do not intend to bind themselves to trees.

How many places like these are we bound to lose before we realize that they are not mere places where we can grow vegetables, but have historical, cultural and social significance as well as great genius loci? This was a question asked by the owners as they were saying good-bye to their gardens and engaged in the DRN project, which will help them deliver their message to those who are interested.

Technical parameters:
Flowerpot DRN is made of fired clay and thanks to its breathability allows the flowers to breathe. The tray is made of a laboratorial glass. The various dimensions of flowerpots and trays allow a variable use to grow small potted and taller plant. The authors of the turfs, which served as a model, are the settlers of the colony Krejcárek gardens on Prague 8.

GPS Loc – DRN Krejcárek 2013,
Design: Antonín Tomášek
Photo: Michal Ureš (DRN event, Krejcárek gardens), Hynek Alt (DRN product photo) and archive

/ Festival Centre, Targowa 35 / 17.10: 18:00-21:00, 18.10-27.10: 10:00-20:00