Damián Cehlárik—Interdisciplinary Designer and Artist

Housing Society &


Damián Cehlárik (24 September 1996) is a designer and artist based between Slovakia and Netherlands. In his collaborative and research-based approach, he investigates historical, cultural, political, and economic influences, transforms them into visual storytelling, and instigates debate.

Cake and Cabinet

How is the material legacy of communism perceived in post-socialist Slovakia? The broader populace considers it a symbol of the regime. Architecture built during this period is disregarded, destroyed and replaced with lower-quality buildings; furniture is dumped in trash bins at Slovak panel housing estates. Damian Cehlarik uses in-depth interviews, archival documents, and material ethnographies of domestic interiors to explore communist nostalgia, heritage and erasure. In Housing Society, a standard cabinet model found in almost every living room in panel house apartments is redesigned to represent ordinary things in a broader context, separating the discord for the regime from the rejection of its materiality.

Education, Practice
& Spaces



Housing Society at NRC.nl, Metropolis M, AD.nl
and ED- Eindhoven Dagsblad on newspaper title 


2021 / “The End” / ALCOVA / Milan Design Week 
2021 / “The End” / Spazio Maiocchi / ‘Il Pianeta’
by Terraforma Festival 


2022 / Housing Society / Dutch Design Week / Graduation Show / Design Academy Eindhoven
2022 /Housing Society / Bratislava Design Week / Curated Selection / Bratislava City Gallery

Awards and Recognitions

2023 / Slovak Design Award - New Horizons / Housing Society 
2022 / Gijs Bakker Award Nomination / Housing Society / Design Academy Eindhoven  


Design Academy Eindhoven
Social Design (MA)
2020 - 2022 / Cum Laude and Gijs Bakker Award nominee

Architectural Association School of Architecture , London
2021 / Visiting School -  The Possibility of an Island 

VŠVU/AFAD-Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava
Design (BA)
2016 - 2020 / Minor in Philosophy and Art History

Konstfack-University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm
Design (BFA, exchange)
2018 - 2019 / with Stockholm School of Enterpreneurship 


Spatial Designer / atelier Damian Works (Netherlands) / Space Object (Slovakia)
Art Director / communication agency Help!lab (Slovakia)

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