The shop and studio Qubus has been located at Rámová 3 since 2002. Recently, you started to collaborate with the brand Křehký. What is it that you expect from this new concept?
We had been available at this address for more than ten years before trying a concept of a shop and a gallery together with our colleagues from Denim Heads, a brand that specializes in very authentic type of clothing, especially Japanese denim. The fusion of traditional crafts seemed in tune, but Křehký is closer to what we do and the union of the two brands at one address seems logical. In addition, the two brands share some products and authors and moreover, our understanding of design, or art design if you will, is very similar. This explains why this place has such a high concentration of objects that you would not be able to find anywhere else.

The Qubus brand presents mostly your and Maxim Velčovský’s work. How do you go about cooperating with other Czech designers who contribute to this brand?
We are not an agency, that is, we don’t represent authors. We’re mainly a studio, which has its own production. The pillars of the collection are my and Maxim’s objects mainly from glass and porcelain, the traditional Czech media. However, we’re not opposed to different design, such as that of Antonín Tomášek or Milan Pekař, who are included in our collection. The objects we choose for our collection are those that go hand in hand with the idea that Qubus promotes. They should have a story behind them and overlap into other disciplines.

Qubus and Křehký both specialize in porcelain and glass design. The craft of glass has had a long tradition in the Czech Republic. Are you trying to develop the traditional manual techniques or choose to go an entirely different way?
Glass has been experiencing a period of rebirth nowadays, and it is starting to be made again and becoming more prominent as used to be the tradition in our country. I’m not really a glassmaker so I approach glass making with quite a bit of respect, but at the same time I try to change the process somehow and move it forward.

Do you consider your authorial products as applied design?
On the contrary. I won’t be chained by function when it comes to free design, they are mostly objects with no practical use.

Studio Qubus also offers services in interior design. Which architects do you collaborate with? And what is the style of your own place?
It’s not exactly our domain, but we’re not opposed to new challenges. We choose projects that are more specific and which allow us to apply our approach. And my own place? I like things from my ancestors, or those I purchase from my friends or in a bazaar. So if I had to name it, I guess the style would be termix.

You’ve also been the art director of DOX by Qubus shop in the Centre for Contemporary Art in Holešovice. Apart from this one, which other shops or galleries in Prague would you recommend to visit?
Apart from DOX, my favourite gallery is Rudolfinum, that is from the larger ones. There is a number of smaller new galleries that are of a high quality, such as Drdova Gallery and Nevan Kontempo. I wouldn’t want to leave out some other good ones, though. Some of the shops would be Praguekabinet, Kvalitář, Kurátor and many more. I don’t go shopping much so my list may not be up-to-date.
 
(Jakub Berdych, co-owner of Qubus + Křehký)

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You design dress in the style of the 40’s and 50’s. Do you stick to the original materials of the times or do you rather improvise?
I used to stick just to the old pattern. Right now we design our own dresses, but the original patterns remain the principal inspiration. We only adjust them so that they suit more for present-day needs.
 
Is fashion the only aspect of the era you are in love with? What about music or films?
I love everything about the 40’s and 50’s – the cars, the music, the fashion, the furniture, the films. I also love the new films that take place back in those times.

Your dresses often appear on pages of fashion magazines and are worn by many Czech actresses. Who are your customers in general?
The scale of our customers is wide, from young girls to old ladies, from actresses to artists, from students to managers and executives of major companies.

How does your shop work actually? Can anybody come over and choose dress on a spot, or do you rather design it to fit individual needs?
Anybody can come Monday till Friday and choose out of the dresses already made. We have those in maximally 3 sizes of a pattern. We tailor wedding dresses and gowns for formal occasions and rarely going out dresses. We’ve got a new model every week so I think that really everyone can pick their own.

Aside from your Lazy Eye brand you also organize the Roller Skate Disco, a party on retro roller-skates. Do girls go there in the dresses you make?
The Roller Skate Disco is another great affection of mine along with the fashion design. I like wearing disco models of the 70’s to this event. I love the 70’s in general – the music, the fashion, but most of all the cars! Just now I’m preparing a collection dedicated to this decade. It’s going to be a kind of fusion of the 40’s and 70’s.

You keep wearing dress all the time. Is there any hope to see you wearing trousers?
Obviously, I wear dress most of all, but I wear trousers too. For instance we make trousers with high waist or shorts inspired by the 50’s. Actually, I gladly put on the 70’s disco style trousers and go for a ride on skates or just go to a bar in the evening. Well, yeah, you definitely can’t practice yoga in the kind of models we make!

(Hana Noble, Lazy Eye owner)


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Spud. is an unconventional Prague city guide, that highlights its interesting spots and local businesses that are really worth visiting. With a Polaroid camera, we’re mapping four different areas: food and drinks, shops, workplaces of creative people and architecture. Spud. is focused on fresh places with unique atmosphere, cafés with the best coffee, shops with the finest goods, workshops and studios of the most skilled designers and architectural attractions with the greatest charm. Spud. is also mainly about people, who stand behind these projects. Without their invention and courage to fulfill their dreams Prague would be a much poorer place. That’s why we’re so grateful to all of them!
 
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