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BORN IN 1979 IN SLOVAKIA, TOMAS KRAL GRADUATE FROM THE ECOLE CANTONALE D’ART DE LAUSANNE (ECAL). AFTER FINISHING HIS BACHELOR IN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN IN 2006, HE RECEIVED AT ECAL THE MASTER DEGREE IN THE SAME FIELD IN 2008 AND « MAS » IN LUXURY DESIGN IN 2009.

ESTABLISHED IN 2008, TOMAS KRAL IS A PRODUCT DESIGN STUDIO BASED IN LAUSANNE IN SWITZERLAND. IN THE CONTEXT OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION AND RESEARCH, KRAL’S APPROACH TO DESIGN IS CHARACTERIZED BY A CLEAR PREOCCUPATION FOR MATERIALS AND PROCESSES. IN GLASS, CORK OR CERAMIC, TOMAS KRAL WORK ON VARIOUS PROJECTS RANGING FROM PRODUCTS TO LIGHTING, FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES. KRAL OFTEN TAKES INSPIRATION IN THE TRADITION AND HE INFUSE HIS OBJECTS WITH UNEXPECTED IDEAS, HUMOR AND FRESHNESS. IN ORDER TO FIND A NEW CREATIVE APPROACHES, SIMPLE AND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS HE FREQUENTLY OBSERVES AND EXPERIMENT WITH CRAFTMANSHIP AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF MANUFACTURERS.

TOMAS KRAL EXHIBITED IN SEVERAL MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES LIKE LIBBY SELLERS (LONDON), KREO (PARIS), HELMRINDERKNECHT (BERLIN) OR MUSEUM OF DESIGN IN ZÜRICH.

HE WORK FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES SPECIALSIZED IN DESIGN LIKE PCM (SPAIN), CHRISTOFLE(FRANCE), PETITE FRITURE (FRANCE), FOUNDRY (SINGAPUR), PRAXIS (HONG-KONG), SUPER-ETTE (LUXEMBOURG)…

RECENTLY, HIS WORK RECEIVED SEVERAL AWARDS AND PRIZES INCLUDING LEITZ INNOVATION & DESIGN AWARD, « EXCELLENT PRIZE » IN THE 9TH INTERNATIONAL BICYCLE DESIGN COMPETITION OR SWISS FEDERAL DESIGN AWARD IN MARCH 2010.