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(established 1987)

This group of young Czech designers who had recently graduated from the Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design reacted strongly against the restrictive nature of design in a socialist state, having been attracted to designers working in a Postmodern idiom. Particularly influential was the Czech‐born designer Borek Sípek who, having left Czechoslovakia in the political upheavals of 1968, began visiting the country once more from the mid‐1980s. The group's first exhibition, held in 1987 in Prague, proved highly controversial and was roundly criticized in some quarters for its Western influences. Other conservative critics disliked the ways in which the exhibited one‐off, handmade works rejected all notions of straightforward functionalism through their embrace of a rich variety of materials and expressive forms, underpinned by often complex meanings. Typifying such ideas were Bohuslav Horák's Decaying Leaf sofa in leather, steel, and acrylic (1988) and Jaroslav Susta's individualistic Green Frog painted wooden chair (1987). The founder members of Atika were Vít Cimbura, Bohuslav Horak, Jírí Javurek, Jírí Pelcl, and Jaroslav Susta. Other subsequent shows of the group's work included exhibitions at the Dilo Gallery in Na Mustku, Prague (1988), the Neotu Gallery, Paris (1989), the Tiller Gallery, Vienna (1990), and the Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris (1992).

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