(jana zielinski) “To experience that feeling once more, to jump up and touch maple leaves. To be allowed to turn back once more and see that strange light at the end of the tunnel that attracts you because of its hope,” says the prominent Czech designer Bóďa Horák about his new Alley Dream project.
“Once more in my memories, I go back to that feeling I got when I was walking along an alley of globose maple trees leading to my school. Their massive treetops make a mysterious tunnel similar to a Romanesque vault. Every spring, hundreds of cockchafers find their shelter there. I can recognize them because of their specific smell,” says Horák.
Alley Dream was exhibited in the showroom of the prestigious Italian brand Driade in Rome. Bóďa Horák is an architect and designer from the generation of Jiří Pelcl. Actually, they were both members of the Atika group in the 80s. We have not heard about him for some time. It is a pity. Alley Dream was created in collaboration with the German company Anthologie Quartett for which Bóďa Horák often works. Its owner is Rainer Krause – a friend of Enrico Astori, the owner of Driade. “It took two years to organize the exhibition. I made several designs of the installation and visits to Rome,” explains Horák.
Looking at his work, one dreams about a beautiful alley, wanting to have such an alley at home or in the garden. The common denominators of this collection are beauty, delicacy, and fantasy. Bohuslav Horák does not have a favorite alley. “I like alleys in general, no matter if they line roads or paths. These are axial compositions that lead to some destination. It is beautiful when you discover some interesting architectural features at such a destination.”