The theme of the 9th Imperial Design Symposium is architecture. In particular, it concentrates parks and flowers.
Markéta Kačenová and her colleague Christian Behrens, of HafenCity Universität in Hamburg, Germany, who is currently spending a year’s scholarship at Czech Technical University in Prague, created ideational designs for the new possible use of the roof of the balneotherapy department that was built in the 1980’s. It encloses the Imperial Hotel in the south but is not part of the original, more than a hundred-year-old building. Employing creative inventiveness, Kačenová and Behrens also dealt with the use of a pavilion in the park across from the main Imperial Hotel building.
The concept of the Imperial Hotel terrace development was also examined by Kamila and Přemysl Krejcirik who run a studio specializing in public space designs, particularly, in the restoration of historic parks, urban concourses and private gardens. These experienced landscape architects have awarded a number of prestigious projects, some of which received Grand Prix prizes from the chamber of architects. In addition, during the symposium the Krejciriks designed a special bouquet called ‘Imperial’ and drafted a vision of the modern concept of the garden next to the Spa Resort Sanssouci.
The designer Martin Přibík of Future, a Karlovy Vary-based studio which focuses on product and industrial design devised a ‘Hold up’ flower stand that is suitable for indoor afterwards outdoor premises. He combined porcelain, his favorite material, with metal. The resulting minimalist design makes this flower stand a string candidate for becoming a highly functional and tasteful accessory for practically any kind of setting.
Graphic designer Ondřej Velebný explored new ways of utilizing the elements of the unified visual style of the Imperial Hotel in a nearby adjacent park. According to this design, the park should be guarded by floating flags carrying stylized four-leaf clovers that represent an integral part of both the visual identity and the embellishing ornaments of the hotel.