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February 19, 2013
Tomas Kral is a product designer based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Inspired by tradition and highly experimental with craftsmanship, the Slovakian-born designer infuses each project with unexpected ideas, simple but innovative solutions, and a sense of humor. Click through the slideshow to view nine of his completed works.
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  Completed in 2008 while studying at the Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne, the Plug is a series of objects that combine glass and CNC-milled cork parts. Seen here: Tableware. Photo by: Michel Bonvin and Jara Varela

    Completed in 2008 while studying at the Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne, the Plug is a series of objects that combine glass and CNC-milled cork parts. Seen here: Tableware. Photo by: Michel Bonvin and Jara Varela

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  The Array stool is made up of identical powder-coated aluminum sheets that are laser-cut and bended. Available in six different colors. Photo by: Jara Varela and Federico Berardi

    The Array stool is made up of identical powder-coated aluminum sheets that are laser-cut and bended. Available in six different colors. Photo by: Jara Varela and Federico Berardi

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  The Auvent is a "small roof, a micro-architecture in a scale of a candle." The "marquise" fixed on the end of the thin metal rod expands to guide the candle flame. Photo by: Martin Haldimann

    The Auvent is a "small roof, a micro-architecture in a scale of a candle." The "marquise" fixed on the end of the thin metal rod expands to guide the candle flame. Photo by: Martin Haldimann

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  The Clown Nose is a series of objects inspired by the red clown nose. A thin colored rubber band connects the circular cork covers to the ceramic vessel. Photo by: Federico Berardi

    The Clown Nose is a series of objects inspired by the red clown nose. A thin colored rubber band connects the circular cork covers to the ceramic vessel. Photo by: Federico Berardi

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  The Homework, Kral's most recent project, is a cleverly-designed work table. A piece of aluminum cloth is placed on the wooden table, then folded to form a refined extension, a sort of placeholder for all sorts of objects. Photo by: Felipe Ribon

    The Homework, Kral's most recent project, is a cleverly-designed work table. A piece of aluminum cloth is placed on the wooden table, then folded to form a refined extension, a sort of placeholder for all sorts of objects. Photo by: Felipe Ribon

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  Inspired by a simple automobile, The Big Race! is a stackable bowl fit for all ages. Available in Small, Medium, and Large.

    Inspired by a simple automobile, The Big Race! is a stackable bowl fit for all ages. Available in Small, Medium, and Large.

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  The Flex is a series of everyday home and office boxes based on the principle of flexibility, one of the main properties of silicone rubber. The lids can be opened very easily and when not in use, the lids close back. Photo by: Martin Haldimann

    The Flex is a series of everyday home and office boxes based on the principle of flexibility, one of the main properties of silicone rubber. The lids can be opened very easily and when not in use, the lids close back. Photo by: Martin Haldimann

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  Red ceramic contrasts against the black hardware in these Terracotta table lamps. Photo by: Federico Berardi

    Red ceramic contrasts against the black hardware in these Terracotta table lamps. Photo by: Federico Berardi

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  The Shift is a gold-plated bronze candelabra fit to hold up to four candles. The individual layers turn, transforming the simple vertical tower into a spiraling (and functioning!) piece of art. Photo by: Michel Bonvin

    The Shift is a gold-plated bronze candelabra fit to hold up to four candles. The individual layers turn, transforming the simple vertical tower into a spiraling (and functioning!) piece of art. Photo by: Michel Bonvin

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  The product designer Tomas Kral.

    The product designer Tomas Kral.

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Plug Series by Tomas Kral

Completed in 2008 while studying at the Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne, the Plug is a series of objects that combine glass and CNC-milled cork parts. Seen here: Tableware. Photo by: Michel Bonvin and Jara Varela

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