Antonin Kybal (1901 – 1971) Czech Textile Designer & Painter

Wool carpet designed by Antonin Kybal, 1948
Wool carpet designed by Antonin Kybal, 1948

Antonin Kybal (1901 – 1971) was a Czech designer in the Decorative and Applied Arts.

Education

He went to Charles University in Prague to study philosophy and the School of Applied Arts.

Biography

In 1928, he opened his textile studio in Prague; he joined the SCSD (Czech Werkbund); he collaborated at Krasna jizba (The Beautiful Room); from 1948 to 1971, he was a professor at the College of Applied Arts in Prague; from the 1920s to the 1930s, he was a leading influence in the Modern style of domestic textiles for domestic use and became important in the production of handmade prints; he designed a large number of handwoven and machine made carpets. He collaborated with leading Czech architects. He designed furnishing fabrics for family houses, interiors of the Prague castle in 1936, and League of Nations Geneva, in 1937. He published articles in magazines Zijeme in 1931, Panorama in 1935, Arkitektura in 1942, and others; created hand- woven tapestries and influenced the Modern Czech tapestry.

At the 1958 ‘Exposition Universalle et Internationale de Bruxelles, he won a gold medal (Expo 58).

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