The most popular mineral water in the Czech Republic is Mattoni, which comes from the west Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary. The water - usually referred to by the diminutive "Mattonka" - is now available in a snazzy new bottle created by Pininfarina, an international design studio best known for sleek sports cars. Mattoni spokesman Michal Donath told me all about it.
Maxim Velcovsky is one of the Czech Republic's leading young artists. Most of his work is in porcelain and involves 'reimagining' everyday objects; among his best known pieces are a vase in the shape of a Wellington boot and a porcelain version of a typical water-cooler paper cup. He is also known for a huge fibreglass crucifix, which stands in a Protestant church in Hradec Kralove. I spoke to Maxim Velcovksy at an exhibition of his at Prague's Galerie Kritiku, and began by asking him to explain the thinking behind his work.
President Klaus's trip to Sweden is featured heavily in the dailies today - MLADA FRONTA DNES shows the president standing side by side with Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustav at the royal palace in Stockholm. All the papers feature coverage of the Czech president's address to the Swedish parliament, in which he laid into the single European currency.
Do you know which part of Prague is slowly turning into the city's fashion quarter? How many hours of their work day do Czechs actually work -and what do they do in the meantime? And why is the Labour Minister waging a war against cyber sex? Find out more in this week's Magazine with Daniela Lazarova
In this week's edition of One on One Jan Velinger's guest is Jana Semeradova - the young, dynamic, and elegant director of a small Czech media agency that publishes one of the country's leading design magazines. Titled 'Blok' it focuses on design in all its forms: fashion, architecture, interiors, and art. For Jana Semeradova - a graduate of Charles University and Prague's film academy FAMU - design is no small passion.
With top representatives of 46 states expected to stay in the city from the 20th to the 22nd of November, Prague's smart hotels too have to make sure everything will be ready for the exceptional and numerous guests. I'm now standing outside Prague's Renaissance Hotel where I'm about to meet Helena Dunn, a Czech-born American interior designer. She's currently redesigning some parts of the hotel for it to be able to receive all those important guests.
This Tuesday saw the 11th annual awarding of the prestigious "Excellent Product of the Year Award", a prize which recognises, as well as promotes, excellence and innovation in Czech design on both the professional and student levels. Out of this year's 172 entries, 11 designs received the Excellent Design award, while one entry was given the National Prize. My colleague Jan Velinger attended the award ceremony: