About

crafting plastics! studio was founded in 2016 by product designer Vlasta Kubušová and production designer Miroslav Král. The studio is based between Berlin and Bratislava.

Realizing dynamic research and innovation in materials and design, we provide a base for interdisciplinary progress towards enjoyable sustainability and more transparent production. We explore new ways of developing products, from basic craft approach to high-tech machinery. Our pursuit is to be in full control of the lifespan of the product, from its origin – in the form of unrefined material – through the final product until its inevitable decay.

The problems caused by petroleum-based conventional plastics are becoming increasingly evident: high energy/resource consumption and an unmistakable environment pollution and climate change acceleration are no longer to be ignored.

Extensive research into the direction of production and overconsumption directs us towards the idea that biodegradability can unexpectedly solve another problem: the constant quest for novelty, consumption of the latest revolving trends, and the aspirational acquisition that defines the capitalist system as we know it.

Our products could serve this need while NOT creating leftovers, waste, trash and unemployed mass. What if fast production can be ecological and social? What if you can use your product after usage to fertilize plants?

In crafting plastics! studio we are trying to introduce sustainable products where the team is actively involved in all value-added stages. We emphasize low-key and high-end. By combining craft + technology, fast + slow production methods, we discover the mostly unknown field of bioplastics derived from plants. These, together with compatible technologies, are being explored and possible applications tested.

Our studio has been nationally recognized and won several national and international awards such as Forbes 30 under 30 in 2018, Design with added value at Slovak National Prize for Design in 2017, the Art Prize Tatra Banka 2017  and also a Diploma Selection at Designblok Prague 2016 and has been nominated as the best newcomer in German Design Award, and recently the studio was nominated at Beazley Designs of the Year 2019, and in Dezeen Awards 2019 as one of the best Emerging Design Studios.

Vlasta is currently a PhD student at Slovak University of Technology and a Fulbright Scholarship Recipient for 2021/2022.

 

Awards

2020
Student of the year - Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (Vlasta)

2019
Bazeley Design Of The Year - nomination, London Design Museum
Dezeen Award, Longlisted in Emerging design studios of the year 2019

2018
Forbes Slovakia 30pod30
German Design Award - Nomination in category Newcomer

2017
Slovak National Award for Product Design - Design with added value - winner
Tatra Banka Art Prize- winner in category Design - Young artist
Make Me! Design Award - finalist
Green Product Award - finalist

2016
Talente Munich - finalist
Start Up Award SK - finalist in category Art & Design
Designblok - Diploma selection - winner

2014
Bratislava Design Week - Best Product and Main Prize
Halabala Prize - winner for stool Splita
DMY Berlin – Flowers for Slovakia, collective prize

 

Exhibitions

2020

Bratislava Design Week | Dec 3 - Jan 15
Budapest Design Week | 360 Budapest (virtual), Oct 8 - 10
Dutch Design Week | Rethinking Plastic / Yksi Expo, October 17 - 25 (virtual)
Dutch Design Week  | Non (depleted), October 17 - 25 (virtual)
Designblok | Design Helps, October, 7 - 11
London Design Festival | Nuatan TOGO, (virtual), Sept 12 - 20
Design Museum London Beazley Design of the Year, until - March 31
MAK Vienna Human by Design, crafting plastics! studio and De/posium - March 4 - April 5
Schloss Hollenegg for Design | Walden, May 7
Banska Stiavnica, De/posium - international symposium for designers and researchers August 12 - 17

crafting plastics! and it's representation at the exhibitions outside of Slovakia in the years 2018-2020
were financially supported by Slovak Art Council.

2019 

Design Museum London September 11 - March 2020
Human by design, Vienna Biennale, Satelit Bratislava September
De/posium - international symposium for designers and researchers Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia August
Schloss Hollenegg for Design residency, Austria July 
Plastic Free World Conference, Frankfurt - lecture | June 28
Sustainability Summit Bratislava - presentation 
| June 20
Creative Days Vienna, Reaktor - lecture | June 14
In the Midl DESIGN Forum, Bratislava Design Week - discussion | June 9
Vienna Biennale, MAK Future Lab |  May - September
Food, Victoria & Albert Museum, London | May - October
Ad mensam, Schloss Holleneg for Design, Austria | May
Alcova Sassetti, Salone del Mobile 2019 Milan | April
Biobased - World Bio Markets, Amsterdam | April
Design Biennale of Saint Etienne, France | March - April
Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin, Germany |  January - March
MAK Future Lab, Vienna - discussion |  January 15
Heimtextil, Frankfurt, Germany - lecture | January 10

2018

Designblok Prague | October 27-31
Paris - Maison&Objet, MateriÓ Paris | September 7-11
London Design Festival  | Brompton Design District, 201 Brompton Road | September 15 - 23
Zürich Material Archive | August 15 - October 31
Venice, Design.VE, Biennale of Architecture | May 23 - June 17
Milan Design Week, Spazio Rossana Orlandi  | April  | 17 - 21
IMM Cologne I January I 15 - 21

2017

Operae | November | 3 - 5
Designblok Prague | October 23 - 30
Designers Open Leipzig | October 20 - 22
Brno Design Days |  October 5 - 8
Slovak Design Museum - Exhibition of Slovak National Prize Finalists | September 28 - November 30
Bratislava Design Week | June 7 - 11
Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch Netherlands | April 7 - September 3
Milan Design Week | Capitalism is over - A farewell party | Cascina Cuccagna

2016
Designblok Prague | Open Studio, Diploma Selection 
Dutch Design Week | Klokebow
Bratislava Design Week | Slowatch concept store
Beirut Design Week | Exhibition curated by studio QUEI
State Of Design Berlin | Exhibition curated by Max Borka
Milan Design Week | cp!s Collection 1 | Spazio Rossana Orlandi