Path of light • The Velvet Revolution
The Velvet Revolution
The dissatisfaction of citizens under totalitarian power began to increase at the end of the 1980’s and the number of anti-regime protests within all of Communist Europe increased significantly. On November 17, 1989 a violent attack on a student demonstration by armed members of police units took place in Prague. Resulting in some five hundred injured, this bloody act and the attempt by state media to silence it caused the population to further protest. Leaders of the Communist regime quickly understood the situation and essentially handed over their power to democratic forces without major problems. This is why the international media dubbed the turnover a ‘Velvet Revolution.’ The dominant leader of the revolution was dissident and playwright Václav Havel, who later became world-renowned in the role of first postcommunist President of the Republic. In 1991 the Czechoslovak Republic celebrated the definitive removal of the Soviet Army from its territory and some eight years later it finally entered NATO. In the meantime, however, the country split amicably into two independent states – the Czech and Slovak Republics. The Czechs are currently experiencing one of the longest free and peaceful periods of their history. They are dealing with their past and regaining their rightful place in Europe. Entry of the Czech Republic into the European Union in 2004 was a significant step in this direction.
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A period of major economic and social changes had come and, along with it, the collapse of grand national enterprises. Several glassworks became independent again and new glassworks were founded. Bohemian glass and chandeliers have always been considered luxurious and the tradition has continued also into the 21st century. One of the most significant events of the recent years is, therefore, the foundation of Lasvit. This company quickly managed to gain considerable respect in the field. The name of the company was created by combining the words Láska (Love) and Svit (Light or Shine). And it is precisely that combination of light, love of glass and quality international design that gives their products their respected aura of luxury. As one of the first such innovators, Lasvit focused on the concept of light installations made of glass that are custom-designed for specific interiors. This led to an entirely new phenomenon, and we now find such installations in the most luxurious hotels, private residences and public spaces worldwide. Lasvit not only builds on a more than 800-year tradition of Czech glassmaking, but brings it an entirely new dimension that ensures further continuity of Bohemian Glass.