In 2011 the designers Jan Vacek and Martin Šmíd founded their own studio, VACEK & SMID, a brand for their product design – furniture, light fixtures, and interior furnishings. They delight in experimenting with non­traditional materials, but they also seek new ways of working traditional materials. Their furniture designs have earned numerous prestigious awards for design, including the Red Dot Design Award, Elle Deco International Design Awards, and the International Design Award.