Go in May, when Mikulov’s yearly de­sign fest shines a spot­light on re­gional work

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For cen­turies, the wine-pro­duc­ing town of Mikulov has made the most of its prox­im­ity to ma­jor cities such as Prague and Vi­enna to mar­ket its vin­tages widely. More re­cently, its ad­van­ta­geous lo­ca­tion near the Aus­trian bor­der has made it a show­case for an­other kind of cre­ativ­ity: con­tem­po­rary de­sign. Held over a long week­end every May, Křehký Mikulov, a fes­ti­val high­light­ing the lat­est work from stu­dios across Cen­tral Europe, is held in Mikulov Cas­tle. It’s “a col­lec­tor’s fes­ti­val pre­sent­ing young tal­ents in the field of col­lec­tive de­sign,” says Jana Zielin­ski, co-founder of Prague’s Křehký Gallery, which hosts the event. Past par­tic­i­pants have in­cluded such ris­ing Mit­teleu­ro­pean stars as Vi­ennabased prod­uct and in­te­ri­ors stu­dio Ch­mara Rosinke, Aus­trian pot­ter Matthias Kaiser and Prague-based il­lus­tra­tor Michal Bačák, whose whim­si­cal draw­ings have adorned arty porce­lain dish­ware (pic­tured). Be­sides the show, the pro­gram in­cludes de­signer sem­i­nars, so­cial events and tours of Stu­dio Piršč Porce­lain, a top Czech porce­lain maker. The 2018 fes­ti­val will be held May 25 to 27. mikulov.cz, krehky.cz.

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