Interview with Viktor Bilak

Winner of Interior Design Awards

Award Winning Designer Viktor Bilak shares insights


Interview with Viktor Bilak at Sunday 18th of December 2016:

DL: Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
VB : I was born in USSR and the art of Soviet avant-garde influences on my designs. I got classical art education in Russia so the traditions of the Russian school of painting is very important for me.

DL: What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
VB : From childhood, I wanted to draw. When I was 5 years old, I saw the picture of fairy tale: animals were in doll’s theatre. It was so bright, colorful and magically that I wanted draw the copy of this picture and made them a lot. When I was 9 years old I went to the art school, 14 – I went to the art college and finished it 19 years old, 21 – 27 years old I studied arts in faculty of design in Stroganov’s Moscow State Art Industrial University.

DL: What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
VB : I work in field of exhibition design to create trade faire stands.

DL: What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
VB : The most important skills for a designer from my point of view are the skills from classical artistic education: art composition, drawing, painting, sculpture.

DL: What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
VB : Good designer usually has several good projects. All works of great designer are outstanding. But great designer at first must be good designer.

DL: What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
VB : The main criteria in evaluation of design work is the reaction of client. If client get aesthetic pleasure from designers work and do not get uncomfortable sensations – it is good design.

DL: Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
VB : The great masters of the Renaissance inspire me to create new design projects.

DL: What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
VB : The most favorite design for me is the Rubik’s Cube - the dynamical 3D object that to force you think “by the fingers”. This skill is very important for artist, painter and architect.

DL: How do you define design, what is design for you?
VB : Design for me is constant searching of something new.

DL: Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
VB : My teachers and my partners help me to develop in profession of designer.

DL: How do you think designers should present their work?
VB : For designers is very important to present their work for professional evaluation, for example, to participate in professional competitions for designers.

DL: What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
VB : The ultimate goal in my design works is to create the aesthetic and artistic image of the object and make it comfortable for users.

DL: How does design help create a better society?
VB : Design make life more aesthetic and comfortable for people.

DL: When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
VB : I think: “It is very interesting design! How they do that?”

DL: What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
VB : If I can concentrate only on the artistic task during the day - it is the successful day for design. The trade faire like the performance in the theatre: the premiere must be in time. It is motivate me to do my work efficiently and on time.