Brussels

Brussels

In the post war years, Czech applied art suffered terribly under the Communist regime which in its paranoia was unable to distinguish avantgarde, originality and progress from counter revolutionary gestures and pro-western idealism.

But although planned economy and exciting design are poor bed fellows and in times of material shortage, the quality of applied art is not usually a priority, Czech designers managed to create under the influence of Scandinavian and modern American design their own distinctive if not entirely original style. It became known as Brusel or the Brussels style – after the 1958 Exhibition in Brussels at which Czechoslovakia exhibited a circular restaurant building with a terrace and a range of stylish applied art objects.