A shared vision of simple and practical design for everyday life of young people brought together old friends in the furniture project Master & Master. Graphic designer Ondřej Zita and carpenter Luděk Šteigl founded their brand only two years ago to distribute their products all around the world.
Zábřeh na Moravě-based furniture producer Master & Master, founded in 2013 by graphic designer Ondřej Zita and furniture- maker Luděk Šteigl—creates minimalist pieces that are thought up by young Czech designers. With a focus on long-lasting materials and function, each piece is made to be practical without sacrificing aesthetics.
“After my studies of graphic design at UMPRUM in Prague I was not really satisfied with the jobs and problems with the clients who can make projects really difficult. So I was looking for some different creative business,” says Zita. When his friend Šteigl returned from a long stay in the UK (where he had worked for a company producing wooden parts for Vitsœ furniture) the duo decided to venture on their own and start a line called Master & Master.
“The success of the first product was amazing. We asked designer and technician Michal Malášek to offer us his simple design of trestles made out of steel rods. Then we produced it in various colours and started to offer it via our online store,” says Ondřej who manages the brand in Prague and in Zábřeh na Moravě, where all products are made in a Master & Master-owned workshop or by other local producers.
Along with the successful trestles, the company now produces a wooden shelving system, desks and steel coat-racks. Most of the designs, developed in collaboration with product designer Tomáš Varga, are as simple as possible in design and construction, but offer personality through splashes of colours—often a cheerful yellow, seafoam green or bright red. “With these products we target our generation; creative people around 30 who want more than IKEA,” adds Ondřej.
Unobtrusive, almost invisible design, economical transport and simple assembly. These are the main features linking Master & Master products, also including the wooden storage boxes Pop-up or simple wooden tabletops. A few months ago, the brand also launched new finishes Standard trestles or the minimalist Bandaska glass vases from the portfolio of successful studio Dechem.
Interview & text: Adam Štěch
Text edit: Helena Kardová
Photo: Tomáš Souček
Photos were first published in Dolce Vita magazine, issue October 2015.