Academy of Fine Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague
Michal Froněk, Jan Němeček
Students concentrate so much on the functional and aesthetic aspects of products that they sometimes forget the usage context. They pay no attention to the spaces the pieces will come to occupy, or the objects that will accompany them. Tomáš Polák made a design for a particular company, and thus considered every aspect. The designer made two fireplace prototypes that fulfill all the technical and formal requirements, providing clear evidence of his skill. The aesthetics and function of these products result from the specifics and characteristics of the interiors for which they are intended. The first model is designed for a typical living room wall. The second is meant for the central location of a large room, creating ambiance and serving a function which might be compared to a “bivouac.” An original detail in both solutions is the place for firewood. The fireplaces are elegant in form, which, together with the above-mentioned virtues, means that the designs are ready to be implemented.