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Wenzel HablikThe architect of invisible cities

Wenzel Hablik was a Czech Revolutionary Artist born on August 4, 1881. Hablik contributed to the Expressionist, and Art Nouveau movements, worked in Germany, and died on March 23, 1934.

When he was 6, Wenzel Hablik stared deep into a crystal he’d discovered in his hometown of Brüx — inside the crystal he saw “magical castles and mountains” that would haunt the artwork, architecture, and design of this most polymath of Czech artists.

Raised in his fathers cabinetry shop, Wenzel became a carpenter by age 12 — the beginning of an unrelentingly creative life. After his apprenticeship Wenzel painted proclain, worked as a draftsman for an architect, and studied painting at the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule and the Prague Academy of Arts. At age 25, Wenzel made a solo ascent of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. Ascending though the clouds toward the glittering peak was an experience that would shape his 1909 collection Creative Forces — a folio of twenty etchings detailing crystalline structures perched in the snowy heights of the Alps.

The heavenly crystalline would haunt Hablik’s work, appearing in paintings, drawings, and more subtly in his interior design work. In 1907 Hablik met Richard Biel — a timber merchant who would become his mentor and patron. Through Biel, Wenzel Hablik expanded his work dramatically, evolving from artist to designer — over the next ten years he would create textiles, furniture, jewelry, wallpaper, and combine these physical elements into refracted colorful interior spaces — rooms that feel like living inside the fragmented light of a crystal.

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Joys of Life


Figure Ashore


Waves - Creative Force


Starry Sky, Attempt


Interior of a Display Temple


Design for an Exhibition Building


Come and join the struggle against all things negative and corrupting.

Delight in Existence!


Cathedral Interior


1 Mark Notgeld


20 Mark Notgeld


1 Mark Notgeld: Not Kennt


Exhibition Space Wallpapers


Utopian Buildings


Cantilever Cupola with Five Hilltops


Design for a Great Hall