Frantisek JIRAK

Jiránek studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, where he was trained by renowned designers such as Josef Gočár and Pavel Janák. After completing his studies in 1923, he began working for the UP Závody furniture company.

His designs are characterized by simple geometric shapes and bright colors, typical of the art and design movement known as "functionalism", which advocated a rational, utilitarian aesthetic. His furniture was also known for its high quality craftsmanship, using materials such as beech, walnut and rosewood.

In addition to his work as a designer, Jiránek taught at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. He also participated in international exhibitions, notably in Paris and New York.

Despite a relatively short career due to the political events of his time (he had to flee Nazi occupation during the Second World War and was persecuted by the Communist regime after the war), Jiránek's creations are considered icons of modern Czech design and have inspired many contemporary designers.

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