Matyáš Barák is an interior design student at the Royal College of Art in London, United Kingdom. In 2018, Matyáš finished his BFA in Product Design from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Czech Republic. Within his one-year internship at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden, Matyáš made his first intervention into public space with a playful furniture family, which was produced in cooperation with Nola Industrier AB in 2017. In the same year, Matyáš exhibited his Fireplace project as a part of the Home Expo Vallastaden 2017.
When I was little, I enjoyed making up stories and creating models of forgotten castles. I enjoyed going to exhibitions, though I was not sure what it meant to me. Now I am. I considered art a way out of my everyday life, and that is exactly why I appreciated it. I wanted to get closer to art, so I chose to study product design at AAAD in Prague. I chose design because I was excited to discover the many possible meanings of this word. I chose product design as I was not brave enough to devote myself to something more dimensional, such as interior design or architecture. I thought there was no possibility of losing myself while working on a product, because it is easier to grasp. However, lately, I have become more interested in the environment where you find these products.
Thanks to my one-year internship at the Interior Architecture Department at Konstfack I realised the importance of the context of every little thing. For me, design is not about creating small objects, but about creating environments.
Within my studies at RCA, I want to learn more about how I can work with the environment as a context for my work. I want to learn how I can create an environment and how I can invite people to enter it.