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JAN AND HENRY

"It is quite hard to say how we describe our work, our aesthetic, but generally we tell old stories in new contexts," says Jan Plecháč, one-half of the designer duo known informally as Jan & Henry. (Their Prague-based firm is Studio Jan Plecháč & Henry Wielgus.) "Our work is our life, so we want to enjoy it." First meeting as students at the Czech Academy of Art, Architecture and Design, upon graduation they were invited to design a chair for the legendary Italian manufacturing maestro Giulio Cappellini and quickly decided it was time to open their own design studio.

The studio doesn’t see a divide between art, architecture and design and has produced work for internationally renowned galleries and brands such as Rossana Orlandi Gallery, Bosch, Luminaire, Cappellini and Menu. Frequently featured in exhibits, the partners also were honored with an Elle Decor International Award for best lighting design. And the duo is continually pushing their limits. “We are always seeking the right material or form for the right product. Also, we like to work with methods that are new to us,” says Henry. “It’s important for us to get to know as much as possible.”