Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Marina Begman ("MB") 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.
MB : I Started my professional interior designer career in 2008 worked as Freelancer, in 2012 I became a part of CALIFORNICATION company, as A head of Interior design department In 2015, I graduated from London Metropolitan University with MA in Interior Designer
MB : I am motivated by the magic of an idea that materializes, and can make people’s life elegant, aesthetic, and functional
MB : I design interior design projects for private and public spaces. I also love designing furniture, accessories and textiles products. In the next year I will focus on design and production of home textile collection
MB : My recipe is to sublimate public art that you love into your own unique design, and avoid trends. Attention to details matters.
MB : A good designer creates functional and beautiful objects, a great designer creates objects that change people's lives for the better
MB : I think awareness and integrity makes design very good. When a designer consciously approaches the creation of a product and realizes how this product would affect people and the environment
MB : Good design is timeless. You could enjoy it for many years without loosing its value
MB : In my country, little attention is paid to retired people. They have practically no social life and no place where they can spend time and socialize. I have a dream to design a space where older people can feel themselves useful and organized workshops where they will share wisdom and experience with a younger generation, and young people will teach them how to use technologies and survive in modern world
MB : There are a lot of them, but I am mostly inspired by architects Oscar Niemeyer, Santiago Calatrava, I admire the work of Thomas Pheasant and his talent to bring his architectural background to the furniture design.
MB : I love very much all projects of Gareth Neal - the way how he uses traditional wood techniques and makes modern unique objects. Also, I admire the work of Marc Fish - the way how he works with technologies combining wood and resin (or acrylic) to create bionic-shaped furniture objects
MB : Greatest design is Deceptively simple. When deep meaning is hidden behind a simple form
MB : Ballet Dancer
MB : For me, design is mix of functionality, beauty and right solution
MB : My parents always are my biggest supporters and Casey Rutland
MB : Learning from mistakes
MB : In the future I want to create a collection of home textiles in modern ethnic style made of handmade fabric. I am planning to design bedding, blankets and home wear
MB : To solve problems and bring more aesthetics in my surroundings
MB : In one way design would help reduce consumption behavior - this will positive impact the environment. On the other way designers could involve more local artisans in their projects
MB : In 2019 I developed a rug collection “Aral” for Nakta, handmade felt rug company, using as an inspiration the aerial landscape of Aral lake – disappearing lake located between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Aral lake used to be the 4th largest lake in the world, but started drying up as a result of human intervention and climate change. It caused drastic changes in the climate of the region, and influenced the ecosystem of the whole world. Through the design of the "Aral" rug collection, I wanted to draw attention to the environmental problems in the region, and how human activities can drastically damage the Earth. I was happy that it was chosen by Luxury magazine as ten best of Ambiente 2020.
MB : I think in the IT technology
MB : Usually it take 3 to 6 months from the idea to the realization of the product
MB : Usually, I start with research to find target audience and definition of the object concept
MB : Never say never
MB : I think, the great design sets the trends
MB : For most the projects I use Autocad, SketchUp and Photoshop
MB : I believe, that material has an important role in design. When I choose natural materials for my projects, I always try to leave their natural color
MB : I wish I created it )
MB : I do believe in co - designing and I had a few collaboration project It is wonderful when people work as a team and each brings his or her own idea to create a great product
MB : Andrew Shea «Designing for social change» Tim Brown «Change by design»
MB : My preferences in colours change every season, My favourite place is the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Favorite food - vanilla ice cream, Favorite season - spring, Favorite thing - my smartphone, Favorite brand - Vitra
MB : My parents had no doubts about my future profession, as I would always create something as a child – from drawing, building houses, and decorating everything around me.
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