Much like the city of Paris, for instance, which is always associated with ornate art nouveau railings and lanterns, the perception of any public space or living environment is equally shaped by the distinctive mark of its urban furniture. The series of street furniture for the city of Prague intentionally follows the maxim of not thoroughly harmonising individual elements in terms of shape to lend them a strong sense of self-sufficiency. This is based on the idea that insisting too much on formal harmony leads to more problems than benefits in real situations, since in reality individual objects generally function more in the context of other, already existing, but formally different elements. The elements of this street furniture are, however, visually linked by material, design and colour principles. The graceful looking bins of the range captivate through their elegant, moderate appearance and intentionally “uncertain period-setting”. Eminently functional in everyday city life, they are available in a hanging or free-standing version, and the series is to be extended in the future. They are very durable, and a rough surface design protects them reliably against graffiti and fly-posters. Their clear morphology is based on the geometric shapes of a circle and an oval. This results in a highly balanced aesthetic appeal, which facilitates easy installation of the objects in different architectural contexts.
Statement by the Jury
The design of the bins for the Prague street furniture series masters the art of reduction and simplicity. As integrative yet formally independent components of the series, they showcase extremely elegant lines and an excellent construction. Highly robust and durable, they are perfect for outdoor installation. These bins are of exceptionally high quality, which enhances and coalesces into their surroundings.
City of Prague, Czech Republic
Olgoj Chorchoj Studio, Aleš Kachlík
Prof. Michal Froněk
Prof. Jan Němeček, Prague, Czech Republic