Woodworking Department

“We are normalising furniture types; making construction simpler using plywood. We are combining materials: wood, glass, metals, fabrics. Quality and simplicity of proportions! The economy of space towards own living!”

Ferdinand Hrozinka

The architect and applied art designer Ferdinand Hrozinka, a graduate of Academy of Arts Architecture & Design in Prague, joined the School of Arts and Crafts in 1930. In the first year, he taught the course Perspective and Spatial Drawing, since 1931 the newly-established Department of Woodworking Craft, in short: Woodworking Department; where he taught Perspective, Drawing of Furniture Forms, Interior Design, Drawing, and Detailing. It was primarily designated for cabinetmakers, carpenters, woodcarvers, turners, and furniture draughtsman. The Woodworking Department had a varied composition of subjects with 10 to 17 pupils attending them. The overlap of the Woodworking Department to architecture and arts industry was a natural motif for cooperation with the Metalworking Department. At the end of 1938, Ferdinand Hrozinka, together with other Czech colleagues, had to leave Slovakia. Josef Emanuel Margold became the head of the Woodworking Department; he was an Austrian architect, graphic designer, and arts and crafts designer; who had been charged with establishing an architecture department by Josef Vydra just several months before. However, the ambitious plan to establish a separate architecture department that would work in parallel with the Woodworking Department did not succeed.

Maroš Schmidt



“We are normalising furniture types; making construction simpler using plywood. We are combining materials: wood, glass, metals, fabrics. Quality and simplicity of proportions! The economy of space towards own living!”

Ferdinand Hrozinka

The architect and applied art designer Ferdinand Hrozinka, a graduate of Academy of Arts Architecture & Design in Prague, joined the School of Arts and Crafts in 1930. In the first year, he taught the course Perspective and Spatial Drawing, since 1931 the newly-established Department of Woodworking Craft, in short: Woodworking Department; where he taught Perspective, Drawing of Furniture Forms, Interior Design, Drawing, and Detailing. It was primarily designated for cabinetmakers, carpenters, woodcarvers, turners, and furniture draughtsman. The Woodworking Department had a varied composition of subjects with 10 to 17 pupils attending them. The overlap of the Woodworking Department to architecture and arts industry was a natural motif for cooperation with the Metalworking Department. At the end of 1938, Ferdinand Hrozinka, together with other Czech colleagues, had to leave Slovakia. Josef Emanuel Margold became the head of the Woodworking Department; he was an Austrian architect, graphic designer, and arts and crafts designer; who had been charged with establishing an architecture department ...

Photography of an armchair model

Photography of an armchair model

Room with bed and ottoman

Room with bed and ottoman

Furniture desing — table and 2 armchairs

Furniture desing — table and 2 armchairs

Exhibition of Living in Wood

Exhibition of Living in...

Pupils’ works of the Perspective Department of Ferdinand Hrozinka


Pupils’ works of the...

Wooden toy — lorry

Wooden toy — lorry