Clare Dowdy

Czech Design’s Changing Fortunes

The Czech Republic’s recent past is littered with political extremes, a relationship evidenced in the country’s relationship with design. In the first part of the twentieth century, for example, the region was buzzing with cultural activity, but the World Wars and Communist rule stifled creative output. The winds of fortune—for designers and Czechs alike—only began to change after 1989’s Velvet…