Left: A viewsof Prague, CZ; Right: Jiri Popelka
, Prague atelier
Jiri Popelka born in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
Studied at the Prague Academy of Building and Technical arts.
While attending the academy as a young man, Jiri
apprenticed in a restoration atelier where woodworking became an obsession.
He later decided to continue his master studies at the Technical College in Prague in the special field of artistic woodworking.
While at the Technical College
Jiri started his
first restoration workshop where his
full concentration was on furniture from the Biedermeier period.
Employing precision and traditional techniques and technologies, his
workshop became recognized for its high standards of craftsmanship and it's aesthetic vision for period furniture restoration.
was later approached by the Czech/American company Metternich Ltd., which was then exporting Biedermeier furniture for their Washington DC showroom.
When Metternich joined Iliad
in 2000, that union would forge the basis for the long-term cooperation with Iliad
As artist and master craftsman, Jiri Popelka became the chief of his own atelier.
guidance, twelve journeyman, apprentices, and polishers restore Iliad's Biedermeier furniture to an ideal seldom reached in commercial enterprise.
Inspired in spirit by the great woodcraft guilds and ateliers like the Wiener Werkstätte or the Danhauser workshop, Iliad's creed is that Biedermeier furniture reach it's full aesthetic potential, to make evident the truth and aspiration of the makers original vision, plainly revealing the inherent Modernist yearning at the core of the style.
combines years experience with Central European antique furniture with his
informed and nuanced artistry.
poet's sense for veneers, he
interprets, and then crafts rendered designs for the new branch of Iliad
, Iliad Design
Jiri works closely with Iliad's cofounder and sculptor/designer Andrea Zemel to achieve unique and exceptional period inspired creations, both functional and beautiful.