Designer Zbyněk Soukup tells his story about light in product design from a different perspective. Since 2009 when he won the LG Hi-macs Design Contest in Milan he started to experiment in designs with acrylic stone and light. His approach to using the material is in a more sculpturally focussed way in the creation of lighting products which often blur the lines between art and design. In the workshop he creates unique objects as original pieces or prototypes for small series of such light objects.
He has completed a master degree in Interior Design at the Faculty of Art and Design (UJEP). During his studies he has collected several awards for his light projects and other products. He has worked for Spiers + Major (London, UK) a studio which is focused on lighting design and is involved on various interesting projects around the world.
Some of his designs have received prominent attention like his Flowbowl which is installed in a permanent collection at the Corian Design Studio in New York City and also at The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. "Evolve III" from the "Endless Thoughts" project is in a collection at the Das Kleine Museum in Weissenstadt (Germany) and Living Cube which has travelled from Milan to various exhibitions in Europe.
/ Designblok Editors Awards 2011 - The best new product nomination (Flowbowl)
/ Czech Grand Design Awards 2011- Discovery of the year nomination (Flowbowl)
/ Foibos Design Award 2010 - 1st prize (Liquids)
/ Young Package 2009 - 3rd prize (Orbit Czech Edition)
/ Design Talent 2009 - special prize of jury (Instair Office)
/ Czech Grand Design Awards 2009- Discovery of the year nomination
/ LG HI-MACS Design Contest 2009 - 1st prize (Living Cube)