Natalia Komarova

Professional in Furniture Design.

About Natalia Komarova

Natalia Komarova is the founder of Alter Ego Studio. The philosophy of her work is based on the idea of creating furniture, lamps and decor alive, filled with the energy of life. That is why in her works there are a lot of rhythms, weaving, bends, rotations, curves and spirals that create the effect of movement. She try to track the actions and reactions that bring vivid emotions. The spectrum of such reactions is quite wide, ranging from a fleeting glance to the exciting force of the wind or surf. The main thing is the concentration is not on static, but movement and change.

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Capsule Lighting

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Interview with Natalia Komarova

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
My pathway to designing has been quite long. In general, I have been fond of drawing and art since I was 13 years old. Initially, I received another education. While studying at the university I went to study as a professional photographer. Then I realized that creative profession is closer to me. For many years I have been interested in design, fashion and architecture and I was mainly inspired by the talent of people in this field. Then I decided to devote my life to design and put together a team of people who also appreciate art and design as I do, which helps me to create unique furniture.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
The studio was founded in 2013 in St. Petersburg and was first engaged in professional photography and post processing. Since 2016, the studio launched a new direction - design of interiors and products. The company's goal is to create a positive mood and a warm atmosphere through furniture and decorative elements. We do not strive to take a large number of projects, so we can devote enough attention and time to each individual project. Despite the small staff, the workflow is organized as efficiently as possible, and the tasks are performed in time. The philosophy of our work and creativity is based on finding a perfect interior for each person. Spaces in which we exist affect us, our mood, activity, inspiration. Properly organized space in a right color scheme, with thoughtful lighting and exquisite accessories can unlock the potential of a person and increase the stability of life. We pay special attention to each element of an interior, analyze all the features of a room, conduct thorough interviews with the client and prepare detailed terms of reference to not miss anything.
What is "design" for you?
I would not attribute it to a certain professional sphere. Design surrounds us, permeates our whole life. Every person outside his professional life decides how he wants to live, what he lets into and all this can be called the design of his life.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
I prefer designing upholstered furniture, lamps and chandeliers. The design of tables and chairs also makes me very interested. An important role in my work is played by the design of fashion accessories: watches, sunglasses and bags. The idea is to create a complete image of a client through offering him complementary elements of interior and wardrobe.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
I find it difficult to answer this question, because every project that I do has a part of me. Therefore I would not like to single out any particular project.
What was the first thing you designed for a company?
I started with the design of one-story houses for the village near the city where I live. These were private orders from familiar people who bought a piece of land and wanted to build a house with an interesting design for themselves.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
I really respect and appreciate natural materials such as stone, leather, wood and all kinds of metals - I use them whenever possible. I really like the technology of making terrazzo and the possibilities that this material gives. I also do not refuse modern synthetic fabrics and polymers. Eclectic combinations of materials and their bold use in a non-standard key seem to me the most appropriate when working with modern design.
When do you feel the most creative?
I have the greatest creativity in times of greatest experiences and trials. In some ways, creativity for me is a way to break free from the routine of everyday life, a way to express myself when it seems that everything is not going as it should. Sometimes inspiration comes suddenly in the middle of the night and then I can't fall asleep until I define the image in my head in a specific frame.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
In the first place is the idea. It must be fresh and clear so that everyone can understand it, evaluate the usefulness and functionality of the new product. In the process of design, I first work on the form, then think through the materials, color and overall appearance.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
When I design, I can experience different emotions. Sometimes interesting ideas come in stressful situations, seemingly at the very wrong time. But the process of creativity always inspires and helps to feel my significance, because I understand that with my projects I can make people's lives better. Awareness of this makes me happy and helps to move on.
What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
When my design is realized, I feel both joy and excitement. There is always a chance that something will go wrong, but when I complete the process and see that everything is going right, true satisfaction and happiness descends on me. It is nice to understand when your project succeeds and is interesting to people.
What makes a design successful?
In my opinion, in order for a design to become successful, it needs to be catchy and bold. There are a lot of secondary and mediocre ones, and we must be able to stand out from this gray mass. My approach is to think over everything to the smallest details. Functionality, shape, color, material - all this needs to be repeatedly analyzed and, if necessary, redone, until something truly worthy is obtained. And the idea of the project should always be directed to the client in order to evoke an emotional response.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
The first thing is of course the impression that the design makes on me. It happens on a subconscious level within the first few seconds. If the design catches and forces to hold the view, I begin to analyze it, to assume how it was made. I am very attracted to the simplicity and integrity of the design. "All ingenious is simple" - I completely agree with this statement. Conversely, I do not like too complex, fussy and overloaded design, when it is difficult to understand what is in front of you and why it may be needed.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
As far as I can tell, being a designer means being a creative person. So, designers, like creative people in general, with their creativity, with their projects, it seems to me, should improve the cultural life of the whole society. With their ideas they can move progress, set new directions for development. Their role is very important in society globally also because through their creativity they can draw people's attention to really important problems. For example, there are more and more designers who appeal to the problem of ecology. There are wonderful people who produce their products from recycled materials and the result of their work is a first-class product that carries an important idea. We are responsible for the place where we live, and we must take care of the environment, and it is very important to inculcate such an attitude to future generations.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
The most characteristic trend of genuine design supported by advanced design artists is the desire to design not individual things, but whole complexes in shape. By changing and harmonizing the environment that surrounds us and they make a feasible contribution to the development of advanced human culture. Design is not at all indifferent to ideology and the designer is always faced with artistic tasks, one way or another connected with his personal worldview and with the dominant ideology. Therefore, his works always carry a certain ideological burden, promoting and, to a certain extent, predetermining one or another way of life. Now the idea of environmental protection is actively developing and it seems to me that it will occupy one of the fundamentally important positions in the design world.
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
Since I have not participated in exhibitions at the time, I cannot tell about past experiences. But this year there is a strong desire to participate.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
Through textbooks, I learn a lot about the history of human culture. In addition, I try to follow the modern trends in design through news magazines and YouTube. There are some designers whose work and creative way inspire me a lot and I really want to be in their company one day. Successful creative people and outstanding design fuel my own creativity and give strength to move on.
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
I would characterize my style as eclectic, with an emphasis on positive mood. I like to bring joy to people and I try to make bright furniture that causes pleasant emotions among customers. I try to look at familiar pieces of furniture in a new way.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
I live in Russia. It seems to me that cultural heritage of your country and the environment definitely influences a person’s thinking style and how his creativity is manifested. The profession of a designer in Russia is not only to provide design services, but also usually to explain the importance and value of these services. In terms of style, once we even used the motifs of Russian folklore in the creation and design of the Fairytale furniture collection. Nevertheless, predominantly I try focus on European and American designers as the most free-thinking people who have achieved great success. In this regard, life in Russia has had a slight effect on the formation of my style, since mostly I do not draw a source of inspiration here.
How do you work with companies?
Now I'm just starting to build relationships with manufacturing companies. We agree on the possibility of personal communication, or through a telephone conversation, to discuss the details: the level of quality, problems in manufacturing, the cost of production and timing. It is important for me that the final products be of high quality and look at the level of European brands.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
To choose the right designer, first of all you need to analyze his projects, view the portfolio and determine how long he has been working in this area. But analysis of the work alone is not enough, it is necessary to hold conversations with a person, to define his fundamental qualities as a designer — then it will become clear whether this person is suitable or not.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
My design process begins with a certain idea and goal to embody it. Further the form in which the idea will be clothed is determined. After that, I begin to work on the formalization in the right materials and color. Often, I make adjustments at a certain stage or redo a project from scratch, if I understand that I am very far from the original goal. It also happens that one idea in the design process is transformed into another, more thoughtful and perfect. But I try not to spend too much time thinking through the idea, because I am convinced that the correct timing is the key to a successful design. As a rule, the right decisions on ideas embodiment come to me in the first hours of work, and if I haven’t been able to determine them for a long time, it turns out that I’m doing something wrong and maybe the idea needs to be reconsidered or I need to start working on another one.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
First of all - lamps. They make our life more comfortable and properly selected lighting can greatly change the atmosphere at home. Armchair - living room without beautiful and comfortable armchairs will not transmit the character and inner world of their owners. Carpets are a special kind of artwork with which you can create an incredible design and they will make a room special. Tableware - a holiday or a family dinner is the best time when everyone gathers at one table. Decor and qualitative dishes can further enhance these emotions. Doors - can not only properly zone a space and act as a partition. More and more often they act as a decoration and improve the aesthetics of space.
Can you describe a day in your life?
As a director of a small company, every day I do a lot of diverse work, not only related to design, but also organizational. Morning begins with a cup of tea and making a list of what needs to be done in a day. Then I give instructions to my employees, and I myself begin to think over the ideas for future projects. I try to make a maximum in the morning, while my work ability is at its peak. During this time, I usually manage to come up with an interesting idea and how to implement it. After lunch, I take feedback from co-workers, we find out what works out and what doesn't. After a bit of discussion, everyone continues to do their work, and I begin to deal with organizational tasks, prepare reports, presentations for manufacturers, etc. During the day, I try to distribute the load so that there is time to study the latest developments in the world of design and fashion, I try always to be aware of the latest news.
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
I would advise a young designer to set specific goals. You need to be a strong and courageous person to be ready to defend your position and not turn from the intended path. Being a designer means being constantly in search, this is not an easy way and it will sometimes seem like nothing is working out and everything is in vain. At such moments it is important to remember why you started designing, what goal you set for yourself.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
Being a designer is definitely good for a creative person. You can express yourself through your work and benefit society. Such an activity cannot be called routine, because the situation and conditions are very changeable and one has to face new challenges of the time. This also leads to negatives, since not everyone is ready to work in a constantly changing creative environment. There are failures, after which it is difficult to find strength for further creativity, and the nature of design requires constant progress and development.
What is your "golden rule" in design?
I follow the rule of constant evolution. Ideally each subsequent project should be better than the previous one. First of all you need to grow above yourself. The ability to design like any other skill only partly depends on a person’s predisposition. To a large extent this is the result of a long and unceasing practice. Therefore, you need to work a lot to train your brain and look for new sources of inspiration.
What skills are most important for a designer?
A designer needs to be able to correctly process information and transform it into something original. It is important to find your chip, which would distinguish your projects from a large number of works. A designer must be able to properly distribute his time. To be organized and to be able to set tasks correctly I consider as very useful qualities for a creative person. In addition, the designer will greatly benefit from the ability to recover from failures, be confident in his potential and boldly go forward.
Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
First of all, I work with pencils, markers and paper. The process of drawing and sketching helps determine the future project and understand what can come of it. Then I work in 3d max, where I create a three-dimensional model of the desired, pick up a set of materials and several color options. In the process of creation, I often use references to better represent the details of the project. This helps to correctly expose light, color and composition to effectively prepare a work for further presentation. After creating a visualization, I adjust an image in Photoshop to give maximum photographicity and add certain artistic effects. During a design process, I often refer to magazines and blogs about design to keep track of the latest trends and understand what is relevant at the current time.
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
The process of creating design projects consists of several stages. The first stage consists of communication with a customer, identifying his needs. After this, we start a compilation of technical specifications, a preparation of mindboards to determine the stylistic features of the future interior or product. After that there is a selection of materials to be used in the project and, if necessary, a layout of a room for the interior. Based on this, sketches are prepared. After approval by the client, the tasks are distributed among the project team members for project development. After discussion with the client and consultation with the technologist, improvements are made to the project and the final result is transferred to the client or manufacturer.
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
It all depends on the project and the scope of the task. We manage to work on some projects within a month, and some take up to a year, especially when it comes to complex projects.
What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
Most often people ask questions on materials of our products. People are interested in tactility, comfort and aesthetic qualities of a material chosen for a particular product. One of the most important aspects in the work of a designer is working with materials. They bedd to be not only of high quality, but also tactilely pleasant, and organically fit into an atmosphere of space.
What was your most important job experience?
Each project teaches us something. I experienced the brightest emotions on the first project when I still did not know much and could not foresee. It was a very exciting process of working with the client. The most important thing that I understood is that you need to listen very carefully to your customers, to be on the same wavelength with them. Only with the opportunity to mentally understand a client one achieve a good result. The first project clearly showed that I lack these abilities and I need to learn.
Who are some of your clients?
Our clients are young and middle-aged people who want to make their lives more colorful. They value uniqueness in themselves and in the outside world. And we try to display their exclusivity in our projects. We consider them to be our partners in the implementation of projects and always try to listen to their ideas.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
Most of all I like to work on creating furniture collections. This process allows to fully express my creativity and introduce unusual combinations of forms and materials.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
I plan to expand my team, improve my professional level. I hope that I can develop beautiful interiors and furniture that will outlast me. Perhaps my path will inspire even more people to be bold and go towards their goal to do what they love.
Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
At first I worked alone, but gradually like-minded people began to appear around me. Now I can delegate some of my duties and deal with the most basic ones. My small team supports me and helps to keep the right course.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
Now we are developing a collection of designer handbags. For us, this is a new experience that brings only positive emotions.
How can people contact you?
Our company has an account in instagram - @interiors_photos. In addition, we are constantly developing our website - www.alterego-interiors.ru. It has all the necessary contact information and a link to our design information blog, which we began to conduct a year ago in parallel with the main work - designweekend.online.

Extended Interview with Natalia Komarova

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
I have come a long way. In adolescence, I was fond of style and fashion, but I went to study for another profession. In parallel with studying at the university, I began to learn professional photography. After a while I decided to become a designer. The accumulated experience over the years of study has been very useful for me and helps in my work now.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
In general, I have always had a thirst for creativity. In addition, I feel the need to make the lives of those surround me better, to create something that can benefit a lot of people. I have been searching for myself for a long time and finally realized that I want to do design.
Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
Becoming a designer was my conscious choice. I went to this for a long time and I understand that this is my mission.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I do the design of furniture, lamps, accessories and interiors. At the moment, I would like to devote more time to the design of upholstered furniture and engage in its production.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
Because of my modesty, I do not consider myself as a design legend. But I can advise novice designers to be persistent and confident. Take part in contests and exhibitions, show your work to as many people as possible in order to find your target audience. You need to work hard and constantly improve your skills.
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
There are a lot of good designers, but only a few are great. These are people who have not only learned to do something at a sufficiently high level, but are able to identify trends, are in the vanguard and set new rules of the game.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
Good design speaks for itself. It is self-sufficient and complete. It should have a clear message, a structure built and nothing superfluous.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
Good design helps the development of human culture, as well as any creativity in general. Through design, humanity receives more convenient, practical and perfect things that help at different levels of everyday life.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
I would like to design large public and commercial spaces, such as exhibitions, museums, restaurants and hotels. I would be interested in working together with leading architects as an interior designer for the spaces they create.
What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
I have several such projects that I would very much like to embody. One of the first dream projects was and remains the restaurant of healthy food. I imagine a large space in eco style, equipped with modern terminals for ordering food. I have not yet been able to realize this project, but I hope I will have such an opportunity.
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
My secret is to present familiar forms in a new way. I strive to create non-standard solutions, without resorting to excessive complication of elements. Simplicity of the design does not mean carelessness, I carefully think through every detail until I get a desired result.
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
I am very inspired by projects of Patricia Urquiola and Tom Dixon. I am genuinely amazed at the skill of Zaha Hadid. These are people from whom I try to learn and their creative path has discovered a lot for me in the design world.
What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
I like a lot of furniture projects created by Patricia Urquiola and Marсel Wanders. For me, their work is a perfect combination of a unique idea, a sense of taste and an incredible match in the choice of color. Their style is so recognizable that you can only know a few of the works of these designers, but when you see their new project, you can guess exactly who it belongs to. These people create their design universes and they do really inspire to create. Their projects repeatedly prove that the design is able to change people's life and the author himself.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
I strive to find the golden middle. I always try to make the project combine interesting materials and the work of high-level manufacturers, but so that it has its own zest. It should evoke positive emotions from his future owners. But it is difficult for me to find some favorite project, because in each of them I invest a part of myself.
How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
I attribute my progress to the constant efforts that I put in learning new aspects of design. During the time that I was engaged in projects, I read a lot of design books, looked through thousands of magazine spreads and studied terabytes of video. Proper selection of forms and materials, the arrangement of light and color accents, well-built composition - all of this is of tremendous importance and it is necessary to study hard.
If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
I would become an inventor and developer of innovative products. I am the winner of business innovation technology competitions and would devote myself to innovation management or business planning.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
Design is a creative process in projecting buildings, furniture, accessories, etc. In a broad sense, design helps to solve important social and technical problems through the improvement and rational construction of a subject environment of a person.
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
I am very grateful to my team, which supported me throughout the whole creative way. In addition, my parents helped me a lot with their faith in my success. Without all these people who surround me, my path to the peaks would have been much more difficult and longer.
What helped you to become a great designer?
The desire to create, the feeling that I was doing the right thing and innate diligence helped me to develop designer skills.
What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
I have long started to have various ideas and solutions. But to translate my ideas was not easy at first, because I did not have the full range of tools and skills needed to be a good designer. Over time, through my mistakes, I began to understand how to better present my design, make it interesting and catchy.
How do you think designers should present their work?
A presentation should be clear and clean to not complicate the perception of a viewer. An idea and a creative message should not contain anything excess. Best features of a design must be brought to the fore, designer should think over its presentation and the content of a color palette and light.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
Now I am working on the design of a new lamp, which, it seems to me, will be able to attract the attention of a potential buyer with its unusual and original form.
What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
I wish to expand my team, improve my professional level. I want to continue to create stunning and beautiful things that improve the life of people. I hope that I can develop beautiful interiors and furniture that will outlast me. Perhaps my path will inspire even more people to be bold and go towards their goal to do what they love.
What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
I can assume that those who already liked my design are waiting for me to continue to engage in such projects and continue to develop my style. It is important to always move forward, because progress does not stand still, and therefore it is expected that subsequent work will correspond to the spirit of modern time and respond to the actual needs of society.
How does design help create a better society?
Design offers solutions to social and domestic problems. Through design, you can draw people's attention to difficult situations and make them think about important things. High-quality design can greatly facilitate the life of society, offering a more convenient and thoughtful way of existence being surrounded by household items, architecture, etc.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
Now I spend a lot of time creating unusual light sources that will help decorate an interior and bring a touch of comfort to the atmosphere at home.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
Those projects, when I and the client both liked the result. Mutual understanding and comfortable work on a project make design process the most effective. Such interaction between a client and a designer is most preferable in work and allows you to create interesting solutions.
What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
I would like to see more design institutes with a focus on a practical use of acquired skills to open in many countries. It will allow to accumulate more people in this area and help to bring global design to a new level.
Where do you think the design field is headed next?
More and more designers are paying attention to environmental problems, they are looking for materials to replace natural ones. Some use recycled materials for their products. There is a creation of complex materials from different components and we can see the development aesthetics of complex new combinations.
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
The specifics of a project determines the amount of time spent on its implementation. Something can be done in a few weeks, and some large projects need a year to be finalized.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
I start working on a new project with an interview with a client. It is necessary to understand well what he wants and determine his needs. Then I develop technical specifications and proceed to create sketches.
What is your life motto as a designer?
My motto is to enjoy the design process and let others enjoy the result of this process. I strive to bring benefits to people and give them bright emotions, so I understand that I am fulfilling my mission.
Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
I believe that trends and design mutually influence each other. It is a process of interpenetration, in which sometimes one element becomes more important, and sometimes another, depending on the situation in the design field.
What is the role of technology when you design?
Technology certainly strongly influences the design process, helps to achieve the set task faster and thus facilitates the process. 3D modeling, for example, helps to quickly form an image of the final result, in order to prepare the necessary plans and presentations for the manufacturer.
What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
I mainly use Autodesk Autocad and 3d max - it solves most of the tasks associated with visualization. Corona Render, used in this program, is very convenient to use and gives a very juicy and realistic picture, so I prefer it. For the formation of folds and other small elements of a model, which in 3d max is problematic I use the program named Marvelous Designer. An image obtained after render is processed in Photoshop in order to give it artistry and add certain visual effects.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
Probably any professional in this field will say that a skillful use and complementarity of the color, materials and ambient in design is one of the most important elements for both designer and customer.
What do you wish people to ask about your design?
It would be interesting for me to speculate on how my ideas are born, where I take inspiration, what way I used to work. I would like to discuss these questions with people interested in design as well as me.
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
I feel joy. I like to see the evolution of design. It is nice to know that there are people who develop design as a whole, from whom you can learn something.
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
Everyone has their own vision and their own style. It is not always possible to come to a common opinion, but it is important that the other person could critically refer to your work and help to improve it. For me, such people are members of my team.
Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
My parents had a very big influence on my development as a designer. Mom always paid attention to aesthetic issues, and dad to issues of construction, as he himself is engaged in this. Therefore, I equally pay attention to constructive and external aesthetics in a design process.
Which books you read had the most effect on your design?
I read and continue to read a large number of books. These include fiction, educational books, fashion magazines, and monographs of people from the world of design and fashion. It seems to me that it is not only literature that influences my design, but all the accumulated life experience in general, and therefore it is difficult for me to select a particular book which influence turned out to be the greatest.
How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
I am a person obsessed with her work. I devote all my time to working and improving my skills. I try to participate in all stages of work from interviews and sketches to the final result.
Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?
As I have already said, Patricia Urquiola is my idol in the design world. I would be glad to meet her in person, to communicate and work together. I consider her a very inspiring person.
How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
I do not perceive the victory in the competition as the accomplished fact of my formation as a designer. I do not concentrate on this and continue to work. I always understand what I still need to learn and what to strive for. Victory is a pleasant moment of life, but I try not to take it very seriously.
What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
The neutral colors inherent in warm materials are closest to me. Such as terracotta, ocher. My favorite place is home, where there are parents and a special atmosphere. In terms of food, I have no particular preferences. For me, it’s not so important what I eat, but in what company I do it. My favorite season of the year is the middle of spring. In Russia, the change of seasons is very noticeable. After a harsh winter, when everything is covered with snow, the onset of spring literally marks the birth of a new life. Nature comes to life and it gives a charge of new forces and bright emotions. My favorite thing is a pendant around my neck, which I have been wearing for over 13 years. My dad gave it to me as a charm. It always keeps the warmth of a loved one who gave it. I am inspired by the projects of Cassina. It collected in itself the work of great designers, each of whom is a self-sufficient person. Together they create a mix of ideas and forms that evoke a lot of emotions. In general, there are a lot of brands that inspire, but the first one that comes to mind is Cassina.
Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
In the first office, we painted the walls ourselves. The front door was open and everyone passing by could see us in polyethylene, respirators and paint. About two hours after the start, a woman came into the office. To my question: “How can we help you?”, she answered - “You would rather need help!”. This situation then made us laugh and we realized that it was time to take a break from work.
What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
If people around me like what I do, it motivates me to create even more interesting decisions.
When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
No, I did not understand. I was a child, for which the most frequent question was - "why?". A lot of things in the world interested me. I drew attention to various deatails that other people were not interested in, and partly it formed in me those qualities that helped me become a designer.
What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
I believe that the space-time frame will change. People will explore the space of the universe, cross vast distances in search of new worlds. The world that seems to us large will seem to descendants as small as a grain of sand. Our modern ideas about the world in thousand years will seem to be extremely primitive.

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