Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Pavel Volovov ("PV") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
PV : I am involved in design since 2008, when I started to make interior projects under my name. In 2016 I graduated from Istituto Marangoni design school (Milan) and received a Master degree in Luxury Home Master Collection Design course. An since then I am working as a professional interior and product designer. Geography of my projects covers Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Berlin, Los Angeles and Como and I hope to expand it because I like to travel.
PV : Natural curiosity and craving for creativity motivate me the most. Opportunity to make the world more interesting – this is why I become a designer
PV : In my opinion there is no way to force someone to become a designer as a creativity does not grow without ones will. I was always interested in design personalities such as Ross Lovegrove, Zaha Hadid, Philippe Starck and others. I was inspired by their works so I chose to become a designer to be able to open up my creativity and to develop it.
PV : I design interiors, objects, textiles, wallpaper, set-ups. I like the most to design special items for the projects such as lighting installations, tables, cabinets etc. It makes the projects unique.
PV : Travel more, be interested, be inspired, be responsible
PV : Great design changes perception, makes the world around a better place.
PV : Functionality, aesthetics, versatility, environment friendly – these are the most important properties of a really good design.
PV : In my opinion in this world with over consumption the good design has to last, so this is why it is to invest in.
PV : I would design a 3-d printed houses: original and environment friendly for the people who appreciate it
PV : I would love to design a collection of ready-to-use lighting fixtures with energy saving technologies for outdoor use.
PV : Searching for inspiration, patience
PV : Ross Lovegrove, Patricia Urquiola, Zaha Hadid, Marcel Wanders, Philipp Starck, Giulio Cappelini
PV : Porca Miseria by Ingo Maurer for its emotional approach, Tulip Table by Eero Saarinen for the timeless shape, Arco lamp by Achile Castiglioni for the impeccable design.
PV : The Project Tripod which was awarded a bronze A'Design award.This project is great because it is versatile, technological, collectible.
PV : Travel more, be interested, be inspired, be responsible.
PV : I am a creative person. We always find the way to implement our creativity.
PV : Design is a contemporary language witch helps to satisfy needs of society.
PV : My biggest supporter is my family.
PV : Enthusiasm is the biggest driver.
PV : The biggest issue was the lack of demands of society for good design in my country.
PV : Storytelling is the biggest tool to achieve good result. So the presentation has to be inspirational, clear and storytelling.
PV : I'm in the process of creating a light collection named «Afrique» inspired by the black continent and the sofa collection inspired by Oscar Nimeyer architecture.
PV : Ability to adapt to the needs of the clients.
PV : People expect original, effective, versatile, smart designs.
PV : Design helps to create a connection between people, it makes people think in the same direction.
PV : I'm currently working on some residential projects, I'm excited the most when design is being realised.
PV : The Tripod Project gave me the most satisfaction because I reached the right shape of the item.
PV : I would love to see more eco-friendly projects.
PV : The future of design is in development of technologies and craft. In my opinion these two trends become global. This is what I have seen during Milan design weeks last few years.
PV : The first image of the future objects comes easily, but the process of adaptation and retouche could take time.
PV : I will start from analysis and inspiration.
PV : Be your own critic and always trust your instincts
PV : Trends and design are mutual friends.
PV : The role of technologies is crucial, because I am being obsessed with new techs.
PV : Software such as Archicad, 3D-Max, Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator. Tools like Copic markers, pens and pensils, liners etc… Samples of materials and fabrics, catalogues, design books and anything that can help to make a good presentation.
PV : Colors, materials and ambient are the key players in design. They help to reach emotional unity with people.
PV : What was your design is inspired by?
PV : What a genius created this.
PV : I do believe in co-design because two heads are much better then one. The partner who moves in the same direction adding his own experience is the ideal for me.
PV : Cristina Morozzi, Marcella Bricchi and Francesco Ponzi from Istituto Marangoni
PV : Deyan Sudjic “The language of things”
PV : I develop my skills by getting inspired by art, travel, architecture, nature. I often visit main design fairs and art events. I love to contemplate the masterpieces of architecture, observe the power of nature. I feed my creativity with revisiting the works of acknowledged masters of art and fashion.
PV : Piero Portaluppi, Luchino Visconti
PV : I've got only one but very important A'Design award, so I would prefer to talk about how hard it is to be famous in ten years from now.
PV : My favorite colors are the shades of blue, the place – lake Como, Italian pasta, late spring is my favorite season, the thing – my Japanese backpack by Ptah, my favorite brand is Dries Van Notten for creativity and independence
PV : Since I was a child I was trying to make a world around me more "beautiful" improving the style of my room moving the furniture from one corner to another, hanging posters, changing colors of the walls, drawing pictures that made my mother desparate.
PV : People, creative process, inspiration make my day great.
PV : It was obvious that I was a creative person.
PV : I hope humans will achieve the unity with mother nature.
PV : Follow my instagram account @volovov.interiors and stay tuned for my future works.
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