Václav Hanuš

Glass Designer and Artist
(1924 - 2009)

Václav Hanuš graduated from the Turnov School of Jewelry (1939 - 1943) and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (under prof. Karel Štipl, 1943-1949), where he served as an Assistant Professor and Artistic Fellow (1949-1954). During his studies he worked at the Lobmeyer Studio in Kamenický Šenov, at the Josefodol Glass Factory in Světlá nad Sázavou, and at the Rudolfova Glassworks in Dubí near Teplice, where he subsequently worked as a designer from 1955 to 1957.


Later Hanuš worked as a designer for Skloexport (1959-1960) after which he became the head designer at the Jablonecké sklárny (Jablonec Glassworks) up until his retirement (1961-1985). Afterwards he continued to cooperate with the glassworks and its designers as well as working as a glass artist on his own. In 1993 he received the Masaryk Academy of Arts Award for his contribution to art.

Unique pieces and sets designed by Václav Hanuš from the 1950’s to the 1970’s were selected for Design Desná exhibitation in 2017.

Each is an artistically sophisticated and timeless design rather than the initially intended nostalgic retro-style. Instead they meet all criteria for contemporary design. They are also imaginative yet functional. They tell a story and evoke emotions: not just about the period in which they were designed and the people who lived in that time, but also about us and how we view the world. 


Desná Since 1847

Gallery of the selected designs

Sets designed by Václav Hanuš from the 1950’s to the 1970’s were selected for Design Desná exhibitation in 2017 in order to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the Desná glass production.