Young Ukrainian designers on LE OFF. Paris Design Week 2018

DIFFUSION: this name reflects current state of the field of Ukrainian object design which demonstrates interpenetration of variously directed creative industries, technologies, unites traditional and newest materials. Interaction of differences, the need to come to an agreement and to find common ground, the desire to move on — that’s exactly what forms an unique ecosystem inside the exponentially developing design area. And each of its figurants inspire and stimulate each other.
Participants of the project — 10 designers conducting activities in different directions (furniture, lighting, interior decor, fashion, accessories), among which — 5 winners of All-Ukrainian competition and 5 are the most conspicuous who gets the short-list by the opinion of the international jury within the framework of the project, supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and is funded in the framework of EU4Business European Union initiative.

Kostiantyn Kofta, collection of leather rucksacks IMAGO. 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.
Collection which Kostiantyn will present at PDW18 exhibition calls IMAGO and impresses by reproduction of the texture and exotic colors of tropical beetles and shellfish. Imago is an adult phase of individual development of insects, last growth stage. The idea of this name is that the maturity does not mean the age. Maturity is a level of sensitivity and nature has no point of perfection.


Ihor Skrypnyk and lightings collection “MOON”.
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. Lighting collection “MOON” is a talented brainchild of the moon’s phases change. Depending on how to wrap the illuminating part of the lamp, the effect and intensity of the lighting in the room vary from direct light to diffused, refracted from the copper surface. The “moon” can be a torchere, pendant lamp or a night lamp.


Serhii and Oleksandr Lvov, “Levantin design” studio with “KRATER” table. “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.
At PDW2018 the “Levantin design” will demonstrate “KRATER” table. “We made a product with unique charm, with strict interesting configurations and could put it into production unchanged” — commented Serhii Lvov. Name “KRATER” is not accidental, KRATER in translation from ancient Greek means vial. In this case, the vial placed under the working surface of the table, resemble origami figure and may serve as an excellent place to relax for pets.


Velika Bogaiha ceramic design studio (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
 — is a 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.


Anna Manakova — 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”.
At PDW18 Anna will demonstrate two decorative lightings-sculptures of “Ombre” series. “Ombre” is a dialogue and interconnection of the sun and female beauty, it’s turning of shadows and silhouettes into the shapes. An uniquely-designed methodology “IN-SPIREFLEX” has been invented during development of this line: the reflex of inspiration, the content of which consists in developing algorithms of creative processes, in ability to transform images and ideas into projects and shapes and items. At PDW18 will be firstly represented “INSPOREFLEX” method and will be shown all stages of items development and graphical content of the project.


Anna Hulpe — is a 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”.
At PDW18 Anna will represent new collection of jewelry and fashion collection “Zaplutani dumky” (“Complicated thoughts”), created on the principle of transformers. Anna was inspired by modern world for creation of this line, where a human can’t imagine oneself without social networks. It is personification of dependence on internet is hyperbolized forms of outwear conveying the dissonance of a real life and life in the internet. We can be a superstar in social networks, but in real life — lonely, to eat alone ice-cream at home wearing stretched T-shirt. Dresses are made of semi-transparent fabrics, dressed in bright fashion items (printed bright fabric is the personification of the real world, where we enjoy the sun and consider interesting all around us). Semi- transparent fabric, dressed on the print is like a pelerine of the Internet preventing us from enjoying the fullness of the world. To complete the image, a collection of art jewelry, headdresses, masks with the use of genuine computer parts, metal and glass coated in the author’s technique has been created. Guash-it’s art then can be wear.


D-ART-S (Metal Style) — is designer furniture made of metal, under the guidance of experienced interior and landscape designer Tetiana Driukova and Yurii Suslin, the founder of Metal Style company, specializing in the production of individual designer metal constructions. Every item of D-ART-S undergoes numerous strength and ergonomics tests, the main requirements for collections are style and quality. The studio has a successful experience of creative collaboration with famous Ukrainian designers sharing commitment to metal as to the material. At PDW18 represented metal chairs DEWY from designers Oleksandr and Serhii Lvov: “We were inspired by simple elements from everyday life for creation of the collection. Having wrenched them out of context and having focused attention on them, we discovered impressive sophistication and poetic to which we pay so much attention. One of the chairs of the line has a back in form of curved leaf of the tropical plant Monstera deliciosa. The combination of flowing lines with a minimum of used materials gives the collection a playful ease and at the same time maintaining a solid, well-balanced construction” — says the designers.


Kateryna Shmyhelska. 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. For example, for the creation of a Clip Torch-hanger, which will be featured on the Paris design week, Kateryna was inspired by a usual paper clip. The author tried to look at the thing known from the childhood, from a different angle and created the image which like “play” with imagination. Clip — is the history about successful transformation of a small detail which is always near at hand, into beautiful functional subject.
Clip is made of metal, painted with powder paint and decorated with a LED lamp and decorative element made of brass.


The project is supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and is funded under EU4Business European Union initiative.


Sana Shevchenko
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Anastasiia Biletska
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