March 14, 2019

Denisa Strmiskova Sets a Dramatic Stage in Pro Arte’s Prague Office

Denisa Strmiskova has an MA in scenography education from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, so it’s no surprise that her office design for the art dealer, Pro Arte, took a turn for the dramatic. The setting itself could not be more spectacular: three rooms totaling 1,300 square feet within the baroque Wroclaw Palace. “I studied historical sources around Paris art salons and studios as Pro Arte’s clients have links there,” Strmiskova says. “I was looking for continuity and the possibility of transferring it to something contemporary.”

Emil Filla’s 1933 oil on canvas hangs near a Master & Master shelving unit and desk; the GamFratesi coffee table is by Gubi. Photography by Michal Hancovksy.

The result is a kind of modern art salon, with walls of gray sand, deep green, and dark claret serving as stage for the art itself. Audience seating includes blue and pink velvet sofas and poufs in sapphire and jade. Modern gems by Arne Jacobson and Jaime Hayon add a modern touch. “I chose pieces and materials that will ‘talk’ with the paintings,” she says. A theatrical dialogue, perhaps?

A Bernard Schottlander for Lampe Gras lamp illuminates a Master & Master table, with vintage chairs from Retro Objects. Photography by Michal Hancovksy.

A 2013 acrylic on canvas by Hynek Martinec hangs behind a Master & Master desk with Arne Jacobsen’s Drop chairs by Fritz Hansen and a BarberOsgerby task light by Flos. Photography by Michal Hancovksy.

Jan Blazej Santini-Aichel completed the baroque palace for the Morzin family in 1714. Photography by Michal Hancovksy.

The oak flooring, in a herringbone installation, is softened by custom rugs and Norm Architects planters. Photography by Michal Hancovksy.

Greta M. Grossman’s floor lamp for Gubi stands before a 1921 oil on canvas by Maxim Kopf; it spotlights a Wittmann sofa and &Tradition coffee table designed by Jaime Hayon. Photography by Michal Hancovksy.

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