Chudá sada (Poor Set) porcelain set

Dimensions soup plate, shallow plate, bowl and mug Year produced 2013 Medium/material porcelain and blue print Production Křehký Web Foto Jiří Thýn Text ES


The set comprises a soup plate, shallow plate, bowl and a mug. The shape of each piece of the Poor Set was inspired by a different design. The plates are based on pieces from the existing production of Czech porcelain factories and chosen by designer Gabriel Vach of the Hidden Factory studio, while the bowl is based on a traditional plastic bowl, and the mug on a traditional enameled tin mug that is part of literally every Czech kitchen. The decoration refers to a pattern on one wooden board forgotten in an old cupboard in the Haas & Czjzek porcelain factory in Horní Slavkov, the oldest Bohemian manufactory (founded 1792) which sadly no longer exists.


Gabriel Vach (* 1976) is one of the most experienced designers specializing on porcelain work. He uses this fragile material as a tool for narrating strong, poetic concepts which he imprints into everyday objects – plates, mugs or bowls. He has collaborated with the Český Porcelán Dubí, Thun 1794 and Křehký. He directed the Whitefruits studio (2005–2010) together with Antonín Tomášek. He has been shaping the Hidden Factory studio along with Eva Pelechová for over ten years, and has directed the Ceramic Design Studio at The University of West Bohemia in Pilsen for just as long. He graduated from the Secondary Art School of Bechyně, the Pedagogical Faculty of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, and later from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.

About the company

The Křehký brand was founded in 2010 by Jana Zielinski and Jiří Macek. It aims to develop on the long tradition of Czech applied arts production. Křehký products interpret the history of hand craft, paying close attention to a high quality of processing and originality. Křehký collaborates with some of the foremost designers from around the world, such as Ineke Hans, Richard Hutten, DECHEM, Lucie Koldová and Maxim Velčovský, all of whom were tasked with a single objective: Create an item which would make you happy and which you would give to someone as a present. All the applied works made of wood, porcelain and glass are created by traditional manufacturing methods right in Czechia.

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