At one end of the village of Bílovice in the Czech Republic there is a compound of buildings, which look like they landed here from space. Shiny aluminium surfaces, round convex windows.
In fact, they are the stables of the former Collective Farm from the communist times, which have been renovated to house a company freshly founded by two friends, then students of design.
That was in the nineties. The company has since grown but the spirit of creativity, nonconformity and courage is just as present now as in the early days. Products are born here that are somehow tied to the outdoors, sports and the public space. From garden furniture, skiing equipment and camping car assemblies to station platform roofing and noise barriers. New topics appear spontaneously, being brought by the changing interests and needs of the lives of the people in the company. As you may expect, when the head of the company is also the chief designer. The heart of the company is Egoé studio, a think shop, which supplies product design for all the Bílovice brands. It also creates their communication concepts, published its own magazine 519 and organizes WiFičVEN!, the multi-genre festival which annually fills the industrial premises with people, culture and good food.