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This issue is dedicated to the future (1 mn)

Some say that ideas about the future are mainly a reflection of the present. If this is true then the stories in this issue will paint a clear picture about the present, and tomorrow will remain as...


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Welcome : As it should be (2 mn)

With every Soffa issue I leave the writing of the editorial until the very end. First, because I want to reflect on the entire magazine and second, and this is the real reason, because it’s always ...


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Editor’s choice : Rest in style (1 mn)

THE THEME OF DEATH, AS AN INSEPARABLE PART OF LIFE, IS APPEARING MORE AND MORE IN CONTEMPORARY ART AND DESIGN – WHETHER IN OBJECTS INTENDED FOR FUNERARY PURPOSES OR IN MEMENTOS MORI. 1. The Very ...


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Science : Star gazing (10 mn)

For ancient people the red planet was a symbol of blood, fire and fury, yet we don’t really know whether the planet named after the roman god of war creates anything akin to lightning. Finding an a...


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People : Miracles in waiting (10 mn)

The desire to know our destiny is deep rooted, and curious souls have been visiting psychics since time immemorial – be it the oracle at Delphi or the local seer who ‘reads’ coffee grounds. Twenty...


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Science : The Czech academy of sciences is taking part in three european space projects involving a number of international partners. Jan explains more. (1 mn)

Exomars 2020 Upcoming missions to Mars are the highlight of current research of the Solar System. For several years scientists have been working on preparations for a visit and a possible colonisa...


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Cars : High Performer (3 mn)

Many of us have a secret dream of owning a car capable of incredible feats that would bring our life a little closer to what we know from action-packed films. And now we can, with a vehicle that co...


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Creative People : Naturally framed (6 mn)

Do you recoil at the thought of an itchy wool cardigan but relish in the luxury of a soft cashmere scarf? Many factors influence how we feel about a particular material – from aesthetics to ethics...


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Trends : Loving mauve (1 mn)

One of the trends for 2018 is clear – there will be many furnishings and home accessories on show inspired by the gentle hue of cyclamen flowers. Mauve is this season’s colour. Is it yours?  1....


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Homes of the Future : Smart living (3 mn)

The home of the future is likely to be beautiful and smart. New technologies wrapped in designer skins will resonate with sophisticated systems of intelligent homes that will do the thinking for y...


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Interior : Beacon in the sky (5 mn)

A feature on ještěd may seem like an odd choice in an issue focussed on the future. Why did we choose the interior of a television tower built in the late 1960 s rather than a current futuristic pr...


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Utterly Czech : Robot, *1920 (2 mn)

Practically everyone who was schooled in czechia would remember the lesson on the origins of the word robot – not because czech schools pay particular attention to etymology, but because the word i...


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Urban futures : Smart prague (4 mn)

Can you imagine your life without smart gadgets? Could you do without your phone, tablet, e-reader or laptop? Most of us cannot fathom managing our busy lives without smart tools. Cities around the...


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Design : Eco-Nomad (5 mn)

Imagine a stylish egg-shaped living space you can take to the beach, the mountains, the roof of a skyscraper or the place where you want to settle permanently. A slovak architectural duo has design...


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Fashion : Alphabet of style (4 mn)

Let’s run through the alphabet: a is for Airmax, b is for Balenciaga, c is for Chanel, d is for Dior. Not catching on? Then it’s time to return to the classroom. Where else would you learn what’s i...


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Food : Beyond the growth Curve (5 mn)

Sustainability, self-reliance, waste reduction and ethics – these are the themes that will guide our relationship with food in the future. Long dominated by the maxims of technological progress an...


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Creative people : Window to the future (2 mn)

More than 90 years ago František Janošík established his family business in Valašské Příkazy, where it continues to thrive to this day. Current times are friendly to family firms with a strong his...


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Travel : Poland’s Lively Pulse (12 mn)

Our winter travel excursion, organised in collaboration with the polish institute in Prague, took us to culturally vibrant Warsaw and equally impressive Lodz. The weather was seasonally cold, but w...


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Design : B. Who you are (6 mn)

Anything is possible when you pass through the looking glass, and the swedish fashion activist, artist and stylist Bea åkerlund is living proof. After working for multiple a-list stars, Bea teamed ...


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Architecture : Foundations for tomorrow (5 mn)

Futuristic architecture has been around since at least the time of Jules Verne. Today, in an era in which we pay attention not only to user comfort, but also to the energy requirements and ecologic...