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2019/06/14 Interview with Kateřina Šachová

Symbolically, ten years after Kateřina Šachová introduced papelote and its concept of new stationery as her diploma work at UMPRUM, Zuzana Ptáčková interviewed her for her own diploma thesis! With the goal of mapping new stationery shops in the Czech Republic as a special segment of design, she interviewed their founders, putting emphasis on topics such as art studies, starting a business, inspiration or creative motivation...

 

Papelote started as your diploma work at UMPRUM. From today’s point of view, what significance do university studies have?
University—at least as I experienced it—is a place of endless possibilities. I consider it the peak of concentration of inspirational people, various opinions and perspectives. A beautiful period filled with experiments, inspiration and freedom… I benefit from it to this day and probably always will and I am grateful for the opportunity to experience it.
In 2009 you’ve introduced papelote to the general public at Designblok. Was it an important moment at the rise of your company?
It certainly was. It enabled us to show our work to a large number of people. Back in the day, the concept of untraditional stationery did not exist here, it was something new and we were delighted about people’s reactions, as well as several collaborations coming from it. It really helped us at the beginning.
Was the use of eco-friendly materials and recycled paper your choice from the very beginning, or did that occur throughout the process?
The topics of sustainability and ecology have been important to us from the very beginning and we still consider them crucial. We feel responsible for the world we live in and aim to be as considerate and environment-friendly as possible. With new information and new possibilities, we try to improve and be as thorough as possible. In some fields, we are more successful than in others…
What inspires you most?
The world. Life. Everything.

 

Read an excerpt of the interview:

Papelote started as your diploma work at UMPRUM. From today’s point of view, what significance do university studies have?

University—at least as I experienced it—is a place of endless possibilities. I consider it the peak of concentration of inspirational people, various opinions and perspectives. A beautiful period filled with experiments, inspiration and freedom… I benefit from it to this day and probably always will and I am grateful for the opportunity to experience it.

In 2009 you’ve introduced papelote to the general public at Designblok. Was it an important moment at the rise of your company?

It certainly was. It enabled us to show our work to a large number of people. Back in the day, the concept of untraditional stationery did not exist here, it was something new and we were delighted about people’s reactions, as well as several collaborations coming from it. It really helped us at the beginning.

Was the use of eco-friendly materials and recycled paper your choice from the very beginning, or did that occur throughout the process?

The topics of sustainability and ecology have been important to us from the very beginning and we still consider them crucial. We feel responsible for the world we live in and aim to be as considerate and environment-friendly as possible. With new information and new possibilities, we try to improve and be as thorough as possible. In some fields, we are more successful than in others…

What inspires you most?

The world. Life. Everything.