Timeless Design: Jindřich Halabala and UP Factory – exhibition in Gallery KUMST Brno

We invite you to the opening of the exhibition on the 120th anniversary of the birth of Jindřich Halabala. Tuesday 9 May 2023 at 6 pm, KUMST Brno, Údolní 495/19, Brno We are delighted that Modernista, as the holder of the exclusive license for the production of new…

Devil box

The most popular toy is the “devil box”, created for Prague’s traditional Christmas markets. The toy has a door that opens and also serves as a candy box. From the very beginning, wooden toys numbered among the core articles for the Artěl cooperative, and Václav Špála also designed a set of…

Cubist chair

The expressive lines of this Janák cubist chair ranked it among the most striking and most frequently published items of early Czech Cubist furniture. What is more, this beautiful and striking chair is very comfortable to sit on.

Blue decor coffee set

This coffee set in a twelve-faced conical shape with angular in blue dashed decor includes a cup and saucer, a sugar dish, and a medium pot. We also sell the set by piece. Reproduction of the originals held by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. Material: porcelain Manufactory:…

Kuběna glasses

Designer Kateřina Doušová specializes in product and interior design. He creates his own limited editions but also designs collections for renowned companies such as Moser or Lasvit. In addition to residential and exhibition interiors, he is also involved in the reconstruction of historical spaces, such as the Café Louvre Prague.

Writing desk H 180

Our own reproduction of this popular model of writing desk H 180, which in the 1930s was one of the most luxurious mass-produced items from UP. Available in any finish. We are now also introducing a single-sided version of the desk. This desk is a beautiful example of the Czech…

Müller Möbelfabrikation

Modernista proudly presents the products of the Bavarian firm Müller – a specialist in the production of retro as well as contemporary steel furniture. Muller’s Classic line of office desks, filing cabinets, drinks bars and other furniture pieces for the office as well as the home is very eye-catching but sturdy…

Cubist vases

Pavel Janák´s cubist vases from 1911 are a lesson in good design – two curves, three sizes, and five variations on a decorative pattern: This collection of 30 cubist vases that look so original and contemporary is hard to believe they were designed almost a hundred years ago. Reproduction of…

Coffee set

This coffee set in a twelve-faced conical shape with ball handles comes in five different designs: black zigzag, gold zigzag, black line, gold line and silver line. The set includes a cup and saucer, sugar dish, and a large, medium and small pot. The red-lined set contains only the medium…

Coffee table

This coffee table is the latest addition to our collection of Jindřich Halabala designs. Its original manufacturer – UP závody – made it in several versions: round or square top with optional second top 18 cm below the main one.

Giso lamps – available again

The Giso lamps – designed by famous Dutch industrial designer and architect Willem Hendrik Gispen – come in many models and sizes. There are hanging lamps, ceiling lamps, wall lamps, table lamps or floor lamps available. The glass light bulbs exist in various sizes and designs and are made of…


These hand-made and hand-painted replicas of toys called Elephant, Rhinoceros, Walrus and Camel are an ideal portrayal of Sutnar’s modern concept of a toy that combines the principles of new teaching methods, abstract art and what was originally intended as low-cost industrial production. Reproduction of the originals held by the Museum…


Adolf Loos used this very unusual looking sofa in at least three interiors. The most admired one is the Villa Müller in Prague, where he placed two pieces in the living room just in front of the fireplace.

Crystalline box

Crystalline box – no other object captures the spirit of Janák’s early cubist works better than this crystal-inspired box. Probably produced as a one-off, the box is a complex composition of angles, sharp points and folded planes. The thin black lines complete the dynamic sculpture and distract from its basic function…

Armchair TU

UP did not mass-produce this armchair TU – Halabala’s team designed it as part of a special commission to furnish the mansion of Brno entrepreneur Stanislav Neděla in Tulešice (see period photo).

Respect tradition - Be modern.

Modernista was founded in 1999 with the aim of creating a unique store in the Czech Republic which will offer the best of Czech design from the last 100 years. In addition to its own production, Modernista also collects and restores valuable original pieces of furniture, lamps and objects of daily use. Over more than 20 years on the market Modernista has become known as a specialist in Czech design and applied art and a time-proven manufacturer and seller of 20th century as well as contemporary design.

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Porcelain & ceramics