As a design intern I took part of the daily work in the studio. A client project starts with an idea, research and sketches and 3d visualization, followed by quick and simple mockups in paper, cardboard or wood or a 3d printed model to evaluate aesthetics and proportions. Discussing, elaborating and exploring form and shapes was a crucial part of the design process, which sometimes arrives at unexpected destinations. When we were pleased with form and concept, the next step was to formulate a presentation which tells the story about the work. As a final step I did a technical drawings and specifications for manufacture.
JWDA strives consiously to work with a broad range of projects and assignments and without restriction of specific materials or geographical limitations. The design work ranges from tableware, lighting, furniture, objects and accessories, to small houses and interiors.
With the project «Around Bookcase» I participated in SaloneSatellite Moscow in October, 13-18.
The bookcase is made of different materials: wooden shelves and legs, paper-fabric doors, and complemented by bright color accents on the facade. The overall dimensions of the bookcase (500 × 250 × 1300 mm) allow to place it in a small space, and rounded corners — to use it in a children’s room. It is important that the bookcase is modular and consists of several parts: 2 boxes and legs. The boxes can be used together, setting on top of each other, and separately. The interesting feature of the project is that opening of bookcases is due to the ability of paper to shrink. The use of magnets in the project plays an important role. On the one hand, they join the cabinet doors (magnets attached to the fabric are anchored to the metal guide). On the other hand, magnets assemble bookcase modules together.
The project was created in collaboration with the ceramic «As-studio».Iceberg - is a large free-floating piece of ice in the ocean or sea. As a rule, icebergs break off from the ice shelf. I wanted to create candle holders as if their tops have been split from the whole form. The outside of Candle-holders is painted with nuance cold colors and a matte sheen finish contrary to the inside color that gradually becomes more saturated and the surface is reflecting light like countless tiny ice mirrors. Like an iceberg, candle-holder conceals the most interesting part inside. «Iceberg» can be a decorative object, as well as performs its main function of a candle-holder for high candle.
Pet’s bowl-stand is made for dogs and cats with a sense of beauty and love. There are 2 kinds of bowl-stands: suspended and floor-standing. When feeding dogs, bowls of food and water should be placed at the chest of the animal that promotes proper dog’s posture development. The stand for bowls allows to easily change the height of the bowls. Metal stand and ceramic bowls are ergonomically designed, aesthetically concise and simple in form. Adding pet’s name on the stand makes it unique and personal.
“Couple Shelves” is a project created in collaboration with Archpole Product Design manufacture for the Russian market.
Why a couple? — Interior, furniture and shelves can be a reflection of ourselves. Yet we do not live alone. A pair of socks, a pair of glasses, a pair of hands, a pair of eyes, and a couple of people...
Six Shelves can be broken into couples, or connected in groups constituting various compositions and play a functional role – act as a space for art. Bright and acute form is highlighted with muted colors on the inside. Are these shelves for keeping books? Or... for your favorite things? It is your decision to make.
With collection “Ribbed Lamps” I participated in Moscow Design Week in October, 12-17.
Ribbed lamps is a collection of lamps based on a model principle of cutting and bending a sheet of paper. Table Ribbed lamp has the universal stand that allows a user to put it horizontally, vertically or hang it up directing light to a certain zone. Ribbed lamp is not only a light source, but also a bright dominant of an interior thanks to an unusual edge form and a combination of different textures. The framework is executed from metal, the lamp shade - from fabric, paper and plastic.
On the eve of Christmas, I developed special gifts for Archpole company: a pair of horses - symbols of 2014 (according to Chinese horoscope): "Horse in Love" and "Romantic Horse". At the «Heart» of every Horse there is a USB flash drive that keeps your precious memories. You can give a sincere emotion to your loved ones, - by writing favorite music and photographs, or making a video. Continuing the tradition, in 2014-2015 I developed a "Sheep in Love" and "Romantic Sheep" with "magic Hearts" supposed to store memories and emotions. Made in Russia with love, Presents are packed in a Christmas box, transmitting the magic mood of this holiday.
Gap Candle-holders is a collection of three candlesticks for different candles. As a design object, they perform a decorative and aesthetic role, as well as functional one. Each candle-holder has two sides: first one is with convex cells, while the second one is with concave gaps coated with metal. Candle-holders are made of oak wood in contrast with black metal plate. These simple Gap Candle-holders are the kind of product that allows the user to bring an important addition to the centre of a dining table or just create a softer, candlelit mood in any room.
Lamps present a design inspired by pottery crafts traditions. My idea was to create suspended lamps from ceramic which have an imbalance: 2 forms are inclined at different angles and inserted into each other with an offset relative to the center. Minimalistic design, simplicity of lines and forms allow you to place them in any space or environment, from the most minimalistic to the most classic one.
Whirligig - a toy for children and adults, which during the rotation is stable at one point of support.
Rapidly spinning, a top does not fall, but, due to friction, angular velocity of rotation gradually decreases. Whip-top Vases have the same principle. They have an unstable surface and are constantly out of balance.
When designing Whip-top Vases, I was inspired by Yves Klein creations and the famous “International Klein Blue”.
Cell Cabinet has 5 drawers and 3 open boxes. All boxes are attached to the back of the cabinet and can be interchanged depending on the needs of the user to create different compositions. Modular Cabinet has harmonious, balanced form and is perfectly presented in classic colors - in natural wood color with brave, contrasting blue accent.
I was seeking to express a feeling of simplicity in the new suspended lamp conception. The basic and simple shape used for Thin Lamps emphasizes the purity of lines. Crafted with solid wood, it has a refined form and comes in three sizes. Lamps are squished in width and designed for the LED strip. Each luminaire consists of 2 forms, one emerging from another. Lamps can be an appealing element of public and dwelling interiors.