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Studio Bystro Design

Studio Bystro Design

Studio Bystro Design was established by the glass artists Dagmar Pánková and Leoš Smejkal in 2005. Both artists have put their talent, skills and long-term experience, crowned with many successes, into the Bystro Design project as well as their sense of humour and exaggeration. Both artists are dedicated to their own creative feats, but in the Bystro Design studio they have joined forces for a common design. As part of Bystro Design the authors participate in large projects such as furnishing hotels, ships or residences, they create their own designs for art collections and smaller customised series of glass for luxury interiors, they cooperate with Moser and many other firms.

Dagmar Pánková (born 1971 in Česká Lípa, Czech Republic)

After graduating from the Glass School for Applied Arts in Kamenický Šenov, in the field of painting and etching glass under Academic painter Karel Rybáček, she worked as a designer at Egermann-Exborr where she made her first proposals for applied design. In 1995 she studied courses in ceramics under the direction of artist David Frye (Newcastle upon Tyne).   In 1997 she began working closely with leading Czech glass-making firms on new collections. She has always placed special emphasis on the utility of form, but her work also has its own lightness, exaggeration and humour. Besides her work, she also teaches students at the Glass School for Applied Arts in Kamenický Šenov, where she runs a workshop for glass painting.

Leoš Smejkal (born 1973 in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic)

As he points out, his imagination was influenced by the mysterious rock formations around Tisá, where he grew up as a boy. His studies at the Glass School for Applied Arts in Kamenický Šenov set him on the path of a glass artist. He studied here since 1987 in the cutting department where he was significantly influenced by Academic Sculptor Ladislav Oliva. In 1993 he began his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava (the Glass Studio led by Professor Gavula), where, for example, he made a stained glass winged altarpiece with a theme of early Gothic German paintings or the work “Rose Garden” combining glass and wood. In 1998 he settled down in Nový Bor and then in Kamenický Šenov and has been intensively co-operating with the local glass artisans ever since. He is also an excellent glass cutter. Since the end of the nineties, and thanks to his partner Dáša Pánková, he has been focussing more and more on the material itself especially glass processing.