The Year of Czech Music 2024


The artwork, created to mark the event and the bicentenary of the birth of the Czech music composer Bedřich Smetana, refers to the opera Libuše, one of Talichová’s favourite works.

Coming from a family of musicians, Smetana’s Libuše inspired Tereza Talichová to create this special wooden figurine. She has recreated the fanfare motif from the opera, combining a playful approach and attention to detail.

The designer draws her ideas from her surroundings. As a city person with a cultural background, she is passionate about visual arts and music. From an artistic point of view, Tereza Talichová draws inspiration from the work of Minka Podhajská (1881-1963) and the Artěl artists. At the beginning of the 20th century, Artěl was at the birth of the reform movement of new toys, which brought artistic features to artisanal toy production.

Bedřich Smetana, figurine with the fanfare motif from the opera Libuše

What do Czech music and Smetana’s work mean to you?

“My childhood and memories of my father’s rehearsals. He and the Talich Quartet played From My Life, Smetana’s first Quartet in E minor. Only later did I learn that it is one of the world’s finest chamber music works.”

Tereza Talichová, Tititi

The Year of Czech Music

Photo: Adéla Havelka

How are Tititi figurines made?

Tititi is a brand founded in 2019 by Tereza Talichová, which has since managed to establish itself in the field of contemporary Czech design for children. It focuses on the author’s painted wooden figurines, personifying in an individual form a number of different types of people, artists or dramatic characters from theatrical or literary works, viewed through a playful lens and with attention to detail.

Each of the figures is first created by turning the body of the figurine from wood (spruce, oak, linden). Except for exceptions, it is a symmetrical, vertical shape, individualized according to the designed profile (silhouette) and then finished with an original painting