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Expert recommendations and insider tips for first-time visitors and locals alike from ARTĚL’s founder, Karen Feldman, who has lived in Prague since 1994. Click on the links below for detailed reviews – from Feldman’s own unique perspective – of all the best that Prague has to offer...

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF ARTĚL

Published on January 05th, 2017 in Basics

  • ARTĚL’s brand identity and logo design by Beverly Joel in 1998 - www.pulp-ink.com

  • ARTĚL’s Faceted Collection introduced in 2005

  • ARTĚL’s Graphic Collection introduced in 2011

  • ARTĚL’s Jungle Baroque Collection introduced in 2011

  • ARTĚL’s Frutti di Mare Collection introduced in 1998

Did you know that ARTĚL was founded nearly 20 years ago? Did you know that it began – like many success stories – more or less by accident?

 

New York-based designer Karen Feldman founded our company in 1998 (four years after moving to Prague to work for a cosmetic company), with only $2,500 of her own savings, zero experience in the glass industry, and (due to the socioeconomic conditions of a newly post-Communist Prague at that time) no telephone or fax machine for the first year!

 

ARTĚL exhibiting for the first time in January 1998 at the New York Gift Show

 

A page from ARTĚL’s first catalog – January 1998

 

What she did have, however, was a fascination with intricately decorated, traditional handmade Bohemian glassware she encountered in antique stores throughout her newly adopted city, and a determination to turn that fascination into a business idea – traditionally produced glassware with a modern design sensibility.

 

The rest, as they say, is history.

 

ARTĚL’s first press-hit, New York Times March 1998

 

The company has grown significantly since our humble beginnings in the late nineties, and ­we now enjoy a global reputation for the highest quality products and a client roster that includes Rolls-Royce, Asprey, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, and Neiman Marcus.

 

 Rolls-Royce drink-set produced by ARTĚL

 

For more information about our brand – including a detailed interactive timeline and an animated storybook version of our early history – check out this page on our website!

 

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http://www.artelglass.com/about/history-of-artel/

 

THE HISTORY OF ARTĚL

 

http://www.artelglass.com/about/storybook/

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