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Eva Slunečková, Managing Editor of ELLE Decoration Czech, tells us how she works from home and all the things we love

JUN 30, 2020 | By ELLE Decoration network
(L-R) Eva seen in her home office; A top view of her desk

After graduating from Prague’s UMPRUM academy as an art and design historian, Eva decided to follow her creative passions that stem from seeing her father work at the Moser glass factory. She then started her career as a writer, becoming editor in a year. She achieves a work life balance by focusing on her hobbies of collecting interesting objects, embroidering and doing yoga.

Are there any hobbies that you’re indulging in while confined?
I’m a big fan of DIY and yoga. After months in quarantine, I can finally stand on my head. Yay!

Your current favourite design object…
I am a true object lover. My latest personal obsession is a piece from Decal Vases collection by Czech glass designer and artist František Jungvirt. It is handblown in Ajeto glassworks on the North of Bohemia, hand painted and gilded for 16 hours. This piece is not just a form for flowers but a serious work of art—timeless in its beauty and an example of translating old traditions into contemporary life. 

A book you’d happily read over and over again…
My all-time favourite is definitely Map of Anna by Czech writer Marek Šindelka. It’s popular in The Netherlands as Anna in kaart gebracht.

How has WFH changed the way you and your team work?
That creativity has no boundaries. Despite the global pandemic, we’re able to work from home and gain new angles on design and consumption. Nature is calling us to behave better. We should stop and listen for a while. 

A promising product designer Czech Republic to watch out for…
I have a soft spot for pieces done by Jiří Krejčiřík and Lukáš Novák. The former is a multimedia designer. His collection of sculptural tables Odyssey/Kalokagathos won the Discovery of the Year at Czech’s biggest design fair. His latest collection of upcycled glass objects Heritage/Contemporary is also very intriguing. Meanwhile, Lukáš has awakened a complicated, old glass technique of lithyalin, which was shrouded in mystery, and proposed a contemporary take on it.

Once the travel ban is lifted, where would you first travel to?
I would love to see my family and friends face to face. Virtual cannot replace meeting in person! That’s something I hope we all learn from this difficult period. Some experiences can’t be fully experienced online.

Scroll to see a table setting in her home office