Lucie Koldova is a prominent Czech designer based in Prague and Paris. Presented on this year’s Brokis Euroluce stand, her work – ever pure and charismatic – focuses on furniture, glass sculptures, timeless lighting collections and objects of desire.
Born in the Czech Republic in 1983, lighting and furniture designer Lucie Koldova has a passion for developing glass sculptures, lights and furniture pieces that are objects of desire – chic and pure in their design.
Having graduated in 2009 at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Koldova then moved to Paris to begin her career, where she established her own design studio in order to work with international clients, editors and galleries.
Notable clients include La Chance, Haymann Editions and Gallery S. Bensimon in France; When Objects Work and Per/use in Belgium; and Mmcite, DuPont, Brokis, Lugi, Lasvit and Křehký Gallery in Czech Republic.
Koldova has since exhibited her work around the world and participated in numerous design weeks in Vienna, Milan, London, Paris, Brussels, Stockholm, Tokyo, Berlin and New York and then in 2014 opened a studio in Prague.
Koldova’s work stretches from daily products, conceptual space, urban areas to gallery objects and limited series. She uses mostly classic craftsmanship with a main focus on basic craft materials such as wood and glass. Koldova blends glass and wood while pushing the proportions of her lighting objects to the maximum. The charismatic, clean and elegant result forms the basis of her vocabulary that she has since refined and explored for both Lasvit and more recently Brokis – for whom she is currently Art Director.
At this year’s Euroluce, Koldova premiered her latest Brokis collection Lightline as well as several other new items including the stylish variable lights Flutes, a new wall version of the Mona collection and new material and colour options for existing exclusive lighting series.
Lightline celebrates the material of glass in every component. The design brings together three different glass processing techniques in a single luminous and monumental sculptural object. Hand-pressed glass is used to craft the base, onto which the closed hand-blow glass body of the lamp is fitted. The light source projects its glow upon the top etched plane of the lamp, which in profile appears as a thin line of light hovering over the translucent body of the lamp.
In Flutes we see suspension lights suited for hotel spaces. However, its range of potential application goes far beyond the boundaries of the project specifications.As the name suggests, inspiration for the new collection was found in the flute and the four stylised openings in the body of the light not only embrace that source of inspiration, they allow for an even greater degree of variation – the angle at which the light hangs is dependent upon which opening the suspension cable is passed through.
Koldova enjoys working with contrasts, colours and proportions, which are often pushed to the limits. Her design approach can be described as sensual, innovative with simple yet significant visual language.