In 2008, the HEPHAISTOS yearbook series is celebrating its tenth edition. For the anniversary, they have once again been able to bring outstanding metal designers and promising newcomers together in one volume. The protagonists are Manfred Becher, Vladan Behal, Norbert Finke, Francisco Gazitua, Roberto Giordani, Paul Kreten, and Thijs van de Manakker.
The Netherlands native Thijs van de Manakker is a top-class experimental archaeologist who personifies the origins of the blacksmith trade in modern times like no other. "Metall Design International 2008" invites readers to explore how his experiments surrounding 2000 years of the blacksmith trade influence his metal designs.
In just a few years, Vladan Behal from Olomouc, who lives and works alternately in Czechia and Italy, has developed from a blacksmith, to an artist, to a designer. For the very first time, the HEPHAISTOS yearbook presents the designs and furnishings such as lamps, furniture, and vases to the general public in the form of a book.