Ukrainian industrial designer was born in 1984 in Kharkiv. Kateryna works in different directions, furniture, light, electronics, decoration; she is the founder and creative director of NOOM brand and SOKOLOVA design studio.
Kateryna graduated from Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts, Industrial Design Faculty. She practiced at the German Design University «Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle». She is a participant and winner of many European design exhibitions and con- tests, the most significant of which was Red Dot Design Award 2015 year. From 2011 to 2017, she has been permanently cooperating with French company Jarre Technologies producing the designer audio equipment and electronics. The founder and the chief ideologue of the company is a well-known French musician Jean Michel Jarre. Kateryna cooperates with European and Asian brands and manufacturers. Her major customers are Ligne Roset, Jarre Technologies, Forestier, Bolia, and Palau.
Being experienced in designing civil and residential buildings in a large design bureau, Inna Zimina was interested in designing private residential interiors. Completing projects using items from the best Italian furniture and lighting companies, admiring their design and skillful work, she gradually began to study the technology, features of object manufacturing, the history of object design and trends. Inna Zimina took a positive view of the late economic situation in Ukraine that reduced the purchasing power of customers, because it opened new potentials in the desire to create Ukrainian interior items which, by design and quality, are in line with the best European models.
Valeria Vari (Valeria Malyhina) is an industrial designer with five year of experience, a master’s degree in Industrial Design from Scuola Politecnica di Design (Milan, Italy) and a Bachelor’s degree from the Kharkiv National Academy of Design and Arts, Ukraine. She is a founder of the Conferma Furniture Design brand (2019). She lives in Milan and collaborates with Italian architects and designers. Curiosity, interest, readiness to gain new experience, always provide the designer with new opportunities for collaboration and cooperation with international brands and designer colleagues from around the world.
Olga Fradina is an interior designer, ceramist and artist. Her projects have a distinctive artistic vision, a well-balanced compositional and color harmony and a graphic balance. “I have always enjoyed finding new forms and applying images born in the imagination to different objects”, Olga tells.
Kristina Gaidamaka is an artist by profession and by calling. She descends from a dynasty of prominent Ukrainian monumental artists. Many years of experience in the field of fine arts, constant participation in national and international exhibitions and the creation of personal art projects formed a recognizable style of the author, which is also reflected in interior and textile design. The artist founded her own brand of art design and decor in 2016. “When design meets art, the ordinary becomes extraordinary,” says Kristina. But she convinces the existence of this miracle with her items.
Designer and co-founder of Next Level Lighting (NLL). Constantly looking for new solutions and fresh ideas in various areas — fashion, graphic design, interior design, he eventually found himself interested in the design of lighting fixtures. The company started the creation of chandeliers in 2014. Looking for inspiration in the way things are, space and world of molecules, Artem Koliuka presents his collection of Interstellar series lamps.
Renowned Ukrainian designer, the leader of Design Studio Yuriy Zimenko, and is engaged in the design of private and public spaces, and subject design. For the creation of the Op-art collection, Yuriy was inspired by contemporary art, namely the direction of pop art, the artistic flow of the second half of the 20th century, which used various optical illusions. The author was inspired by a variety of geometric abstractions based on the peculiarities of the perception of flat and spatial figures whose texture becomes the main means of expressiveness
Founder of SERGEY MAKHNO ARCHITECTS — «WE ART THE WORLD!» — this is the slogan of the famous modern Ukrainian design and architecture workshop SERGEY MAKHNO ARCHITECTS, who successfully work in three areas: interior design, architecture and object design. In 15 years, the studio has implemented almost 600 projects in 16 countries. SERGEY MAKHNO ARCHITECTS has a distinct and recognizable style, which its founder, Sergey Makhno, the architect, calls Ukrainian Contemporary, masterfully combining minimalism, art, Ukrainian traditions and Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy. Last year the studio opened its own ceramic production and is now exploring possibilities for this material in unexpected and new surprising directions for design thinking. Sergey Makhno also has founded Sergey Makhno Gallery, the first Ukrainian object design gallery.
The works of SERGEY MAKHNO ARCHITECTS have been honored with prestigious international awards: Red Dot Design Award, The International Property Awards, SBID.
Founder of KOFTA brand — is the designer who not just create accessories. Despite the fact that man has historically used leather for thousands of years, it is Kostiantyn Kofta who discovered extraordinary opportunities in this material. The designer creates each thing in a single copy and transmits the idea of individuality. «We are created so different in shapes, colors, worldview not to wear the same exact clothes» — consider Kostiantyn. Special leather-tanning process provides the opportunity to the designer to achieve incredible results. From the effect of wood, rusting metal to the reliefs of baroque — thanks to such reality, Konstiantyn’s products are more like piece of art than accessories.
Kharkiv architect, who is one of the first to work in the currently pop- ular area of «ecodesign». In Yuriy’s projects, the design is naturally and organically «cluttered» by the elements of nature.
Awards: project «IN PRACTICE» in BIENNALE ARCHITETTURE 2016 in Venice | winner from Ukraine; SALON DESIGN AWARDS | residential interior | 1-st place | Kiev, Ukraine; WAN 2012 | «Hotel of the year» | Longlist, 2012; Biennale of architecture «Under the roof of your home…» | Grand Prix | 2012, Moscow; Biennale of architecture «Under the roof of your home…» | «object in the interior» | 1-st place, 2012, Moscow; Vodoparad | «Exhibition Hit» | Grand Prix, 2012, Kharkiv; «SIE SELECTION» | «Wood» | 2nd place, | Italy, Bologna, 2012,; «ARCHI BAU AWARDS | ARCHI-EUROPE» | «Interior Design» | jury prize, | Germany, Munich, 2009.
The designer specialized in object design and having the experience of collaboration with famous brands, such as Lexus, Temahome, TwoSix, Zegen and many others. He has more than 70 awards, including the Red Dot Award, and the German Design Award. His works were published in Forbes, Elle, Vogue, Le Figaro publications, and he is a regular participant of Imm Cologne, Salone del Mobile Milano, London Design Fair and Paris Design Week exhibitions.
OLLLY desk, designed by Pavel Vetrov, is comfortable and elegant, ideally suited for everyday comfort. The desk has built-in slots for phones and tablets, as well as technical cutouts for easy placement of computer wires and charges. Small recessed compartments for stationery in the corners aesthetically complement the minimalist shapes of the desk.
The designer and founder of SITEK design studio. He is a co-founder of two design startups, «TheCase» and «Razom.» For more than a decade, he has been designing the residential and commercial interiors. He is the author of 250 implemented design objects. In all his works, Andriy Mohyla combines functionality and emotion. DUOO collection created by Andriy Mohyla. The designer was inspired by a pair of samurai swords daishō. Each collection item is strictly subordinated to the basic principles of minimalism, as a samurai code: no superfluous details, only those performing a certain function or emphasizing the style. For example, the ends of desks and coffee tables are reminiscent of the Japanese sword edge. The entire collection is riddled with the idea of duality, a combination of two elements in the item, a combination of veneer natural beauty and strength of metal. Open shelving by DUOO is a perfect solution for storage of everyday things or space zoning.
Yuriy and Vitaliy Kyryliv / Hochu rayu
Hochu rayu is Ukrainian design bureau, founded by brothers Yuriy and Vitaliy Kyryliv together with Danuta Kril. The basic idea of the bureau is to create the microcosms, the coherent stories, revealing the uniqueness of the brand. The main areas of work are Space Design (architecture, landscape, interior objects and elements) with Communication Elements (graphic design, photos, video) and Product Design (furniture, equipment, gadgets, items). The works of Hochu rayu Design Bureau have repeatedly received recognition, both nationally and internationally, won the awards, such as A’design awards, Design and Design by Marc Praquin and London VM Christmas.
Ukrainian artist was born and works in Odessa. Having received technical degree at Odessa National Polytechnic University in 2005, she’d been working in design for several years. After decision to deal with traditional forms of visual art and design objective, Yulya obtained the second degree. By 2013, designer has been studying the painting at the Odessa Art Grekov College. Since 2009, she has been actively participating in exhibitions. In spring 2017, the world saw her project «Cell Practice.» A large-scale sculptural installation inspired the artist to create a series of lighting fixtures using the natural materials, such as paper, metal, stone, ceramics, and wood. All products are handmade. At the same time, Yulya Yalanzhi opened her own gallery, where she presents the works of art and design, and realizes educational projects.
Furniture and interior designer Ihor Skrypnyk is a co-founder of Brightmind Architects studio, among the main advantages of which — attention to details, tactile sensations, functionality and individuality. Ihor has been developing public and private spheres for 7 years, and has been working tirelessly to social projects and projects related to the development of the city and country. Despite main interior direction, he is constantly showing himself in other fields, for example, in object design.
Serhii and Oleksandr Lvov «Levantin design»
«Levantin design» studio produce not only peculiar own branded interior design items, but also work in with Ukrainian and foreign manufacturers. The mission of the «Levantin design» is to show that despite the lack of support of extensive manufacturing, it is possible, after all, to implement even daring ideas in Ukraine, because people with unusual view of life need them. The «Levantin design» studio took part in Ukrainian and international exhibitions and received international prize CIRRINA: DESIGN AND DESIGN INTERNATIONAL AWARD: Book of the Year Vol. 10 2017, Paris, France and won the competition «Ukrainian design: The very best of 2013». Studio’s works has been published in «Elle Decoration», «AD magazine», «Domus Design», «Салон», «Prima interior», «NM House», «Pink» and etc.
Ceramic design studio «Velyka Bogaiha»
«Velyka Bogaiha» prefers just ornamental art in its creativity, creating original designer things for house. Basically, these are dishes and various interior décor elements. «We desire the thing to be lived, animated and inspired people in their common everyday routine. In fact, perfect design of everyday (just like) little things turns the process of use into something more conscious …»
The studio established in 2015 on enthusiasm of two creative persons trying to convey their view of life through the material. Techniques of ceramic processing used by the authors are ecological, ancient and quite rare in the present time. Among them are blackening, scalding, rubbing, milling. Ivan Ivasiuk and Marharyta Demianets will represent ceramic accessories made in blackening technique (smoking, smoke firing) at Paris Design Week. The represented collection includes combination of two materials: ceramic and wood. Wooden elements have a practical function (protecting hands from excessive heat) and decorative — as it’s an incredibly stylish combination, when two materials underlines inimitable textures of each other being so different: cold metallic iridescence of ceramic and warmth of wood!
Woolkrafts (Kyiv) brand in collaboration with Pavlo Vetrov, a three-fold winner of the most prestigious award in the field of industrial art Red Dot Awards, at PDW18 will present a series of rugs made of 100% Italian merino wool. Collection calls «MOODS». When creating this work, the authors guided by watching humans, as everyone have different qualities. However, there are prevailing moods, so main of them were selected and embodied in rugs, as if it is a person being right here with you with own unique features. Namely, a rug «Naughty» — when you are in a playsome humor and you want some impudence. It’s playful and risky. The designer was inspired by portrait of Einstein for this rug creation and it perfectly shows this mood. The rug «Sensitive» — when you want to dream and devote yourself to the art. It is a creative nature loving to fantasize and dream, and what else always steers us to such condition, if not a rain. «Curious» rug — when you are waiting for new discoveries. It is researcher, traveler. The designer was inspired by a look out of an airplane window for creation of this rug. After all, every of us feel like a little discoverer flying to a new voyage.
Woolkraft brand has entered TOP-100 brands of Ukraine according to the FOCUS magazine (June 2018) and is famous for its cards with a map of Kyiv and collaboration with American illustrator Brendan Monrou, who is the author of drawings on main offices of Facebook, AirBnB in the Silicon Valley and other works. Every rug is always marked with «Proudly from Kyiv. Ukraine».
Maistrenko studio of uniquely designed porcelain and ceramics
young Ukrainian brand, created by spouse of pottery designers Oleks and Olesia Maistrenko in 2013. The works of the studio reflects the worldview of the masters. Artistic value and function, expressive style and high quality, technology and inspiration by nature are harmoniously combined in every product. Highest possible personalization of a subject, exclusion of meaning «mass product». Ceramics produced in limited edition or presented in a single quantities.
Well-known restaurateurs, designers and artists are among the customers of the studio. For example, a line of crockery and vases had been specially created for the art project of famous curator Pavlo Hudimov «Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors» that took place at «Mystetskyi Arsenal» (Kyiv city, Ukraine) in 2015. Tea-porcelain service «simple» was created by order of Lexus RX in 2017. At PDW18 Maistrenko Ceramics will represent series of cylindrical vessels «Drop», the design of which originated from observing the geometry of nature; NEST/GNIZDO tea-set, the structure and geometry of which has been «borrowed» by the principle of birds’ nests construction; and a set for serving food consisting of two sets of dishes. All products are made of porcelain and some of them decorated with gold.
Designer of items and space, student of Accademia Belle Arti di Ve-rona, artist and founder of Manako Design brand. Anna interprets design as materialization of the subconscious, all her works have such movement and energy, and deep aesthetic experience — is one of the major factors of successful product. «The way of idea starts from a point and line with further become a composition. The main thing is to quit hold of hands and listen to the heart. My receipt is to draw inspiration from natural first-sources, to create and listen to true you» — Anna tells. Furniture, lighting and ceramics are among the works of Manako Design. Anna works in «organic design» style, and her products have been recognized at competitions «Fondazione Aldo Morellato.Il mobile significativo 2015» and «Saef. Benessere Imresa 2016».
creative person with million ideas which she put into life under GUASH brand. GUASH — is a unique author’s jewelry and clothes, carrying philosophy of the present and created under the influence of modern world. «GUASH life started from creation of futuristic jewelry, which seemed to have come to us from distant planets, and subsequently, not less extravagant clothing jointed them. When I first demonstrated my jewelry to the wide audience, I saw how people perused them, but I could not date to wear them with my everyday clothes. So, I created clothes for jewelry. At the beginning, these were single-colored dresses with interesting fashion, made of natural fabrics, mostly black. Later there were author’s prints of handmade, embroidered on a rough fabric. Later, appeared handwork author’s prints, embroidered on a rough fabric. My cloth is for courageous creative people, for true art lovers. I am always looking for new unusual forms, I’m not afraid of experiments in the cut, using unusual fabrics and materials». Guash-it’s art then can be wear.
Design studio of Kateryna Shmyhelska has been designing and decorating modern interiors for over 12 years, conducting author supervision and full realization of each object in Kyiv, Lviv and other cities of Ukraine and abroad. Chief designer — Kateryna Shmyhelska — considers her priorities: an individual approach to each client, sophisticated taste and special look creating a sense of comfort for the customer in projected environment. Kateryna has a great hand-on experience with foreign customers and she is constantly experimenting. All items developed by the studio are functional and decorative at the same time.
Ivanka Borodina is an architect and a designer, who also studied environmental psychology at the University of Warsaw. She is skilled in graphical design, design of prints for textiles, posters and murals. She is particularly interested in phenomena related to colors, light and spatial illusions, and their influence on people’s perception and mind. Ivanka experiments with simple materials, unveiling their new decorative possibilities.
Diana Kulyk grew up in a bastion of Ukrainian identity in the Poltava region. Thanks to this, as she likes to say, she learnt two important theses: Ukrainian folklore culture has a great potential within the framework of a pan-European cultural family. But in order to realize this potential, culture must go beyond the heritage of the past and discover its modern identity. She believes people’s daily life gives an exact measure of their cultural development. When searching the actual face of Ukrainian culture through the traditional craft clay item, the author tries to combine antique forms with meanings of the present. The ceramist uses only techniques of hand moulding and local materials, reproducing processes that have been used for centuries.
He is an industrial designer born in Ivano-Frankivsk, graduated from the Precarpathian University with a degree in interior design in 2005. He also works as a graphic designer and creative director of the Samoriz design studio, which focus is industrial and interior design.
The studio has participated in many contests and exhibitions: Salone Satellite Moscow (2011-2012) with Millipede chair and Orb door handle concepts. Works of the studio are regularly published on foreign web sites and magazines on modern design: Dezeen, designboom, hqroom, freshome, designmilk, fubiz, detail, and yanko-design, Salon, Archidea, and Pragmatika.
A worthy representative of an artistic dynasty, she graduated from the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts (KTADA) with a degree in Graphic Design. Then she has been a teacher at the KTADA for two years. In 2014 she studied for diploma at Ikea Bauhaus summer school in Dessau, Germany. She has been active in graphic design and painting for 20 years. She participated in more than 50 collective and personal exhibitions in Ukraine, France, Germany, Poland, Austria and Italy. The artist’s works are held in private collections in Ukraine and Poland. In art she is looking for the interaction between classical and contemporary elements, trying to experiment with form and color.
Polina is a Ukrainian fashion designer in the field of fashion art. She graduated from the Institute of Technologies and Design named after Mikhail Boychuk in Kyiv. She has participated in the Fashion Week in Lviv in 2012 and at the Mercedes Benz Kiev Fashion Days in 2013 and 2014, then at the Ukrainian Fashion in 2015-2019. She actively collaborates with theatrical directors and music bands, takes part in artistic collaborations. The chokers with a well-known symbol – the sea-horse – are part of the brand identity of the Polina Veller brand today.
Here is how Tony Glenville commented the collection of this young designer:“How wonderful is it to see a designer extend the boundaries of shapes and designs, although not all her images were one hundred percent successful, it’s nice to see a bold view at things. The first three images, made from a thick fabric, reminiscent of embroidered cloth, have caused an association with vintage Balenciaga — you couldn’t get a better praise! But it’s important not to step over that thin line, beyond which something fashionable can become awkward in a bad sense.”
«Я дивлюся на дизайн крізь призму мистецтва», — каже про свої роботи Артем. Основне джерело натхнення дизайнера — абстрактний живопис. Артем повністю поділяє думку, що одна з цілей абстракціонізму — зображення певних колірних поєднань і геометричних форм, що викликають у глядача відчуття повноти і завершеності композиції. Отже, обираючи між формою та функцією, дизайнер надає перевагу першому, тому світильники є скоріше арт-об’єктами, ніж, власне, джерелами світла.
Artem Kunytsia founded the Skeld Design studio in 2016. The main activity of the studio is creation of luminaires, which sculptural element can be considered as a strong original feature. In addition to the expressive self-asserted shapes of fixtures, this feature is emphasized by the choice of traditional sculpture materials – copper, marble and wood.
“I’m not a designer, I’m a radio receiver, extracting the knowledge from the information field of the universe and materializing it. I am constantly in a search, study, and experimentation process. I have no favorite materials and no specialization, I start a project, if there is a condition of learning in the process of its implementation, to constantly raise the bar” — Yurii says about himself. The designer works with wood and metal, respecting organic materials as much as synthetic ones. He also believes that there is no bad or poor-quality material, but simply inappropriate use. “Each material has its original properties, if you can find and highlight them, this will be a success” — the designer claims.
David Berezhniak is an object designer and a technical expert on the production of author’s and designer customized furniture, a master in the manufacture of artistic wooden products and decorative and artistic wood processing. David is a practitioner and a designer of new metal processing solutions. The combination of aesthetic looks with sophisticated technological characteristics is his main strength, which he embodied in the new “Miracle de la Vie” collection of items.
Oksana Shumelda and Maryan Shumelda
O.M. Shumelda Design & Architecture Studio (Lviv) was founded by Oksana and Maryan Shumelda in 2005. The team unites creators, architects, designers, engineers and artists. The studio’s founders believe that the most successful projects are created thanks to a close collaboration between architects, designers and artists. Since the creation of the studio, more than one hundred objects of various purposes have been executed: from the design of private homes to the design of hotels, offices and public catering establishments; architectural objects made from scratch, reconstruction of houses and facades. The O.M. Shumelda Design & Architecture Studio has won many times interior awards such as the Interium, Tubadzin Design Awards International 2018, Ukrainian Urban Awards 2019, etc. The studio’s works were repeatedly published in Ukrainian and international professional editions, in particular, the studio’s projects were noted by the well-known ArchDaily web-resource.
Vahan Avakian, the owner of the cognominal Vahan Avakian company, is a young Ukrainian architect by education and an artist by ideology. A flair for experiments, a desire to ring himself in with decorative, functional pieces of his own design and manufacturing resulted in the birth of his own brand. Since then Vahan Avakian company manufactures designer sculptures, vases, and lamps, making trailblazing experiments with bionic forms and modern material, such as polymers and concrete, by adding them an unexpected colouration and garmenting pieces in genuine materials like leather and textile. Ingenious forms of these pieces pose a challenge to objects d’art in the race for its presence expression in interiors and become recognizable in its trademark manner at short notice.