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Occupation: Artist, architect, designer.
Instagram: @formsstudio, @mooqko
Hometown: Kaliningrad, Russia.
Studio location: New York.
Describe what you make: When I was in my last year of architecture school, I started making accessories combining fashion and architecture with their tactile and visual aesthetics. Later, my practice grew to include paintings and installations in which the interconnection of their scale and our sensory experiences stay prevalent.
The most important thing you’ve designed to date: The pieces from my new project.
Describe the problem your work solves: Throughout my work, I merge scale (objects, spaces, architecture, and environment) and focus on creating new experiences that can be perceived by our senses.
Describe the project you are working on now: The project I’m currently working on is based on the notion of objects holding specific symbols that communicate desires, beliefs, and social habits.
A new or forthcoming project we should know about: I’ve been working on my new project, Gild, for about two years. There are currently five completed pieces—bag-like sculptures that encourage me to question the value of materials and labor.
What you absolutely must have in your studio: Music and plants.
What you do when you’re not working: City walking.
Sources of creative envy: Shiro Kuramata—I’m dreaming to buy a Miss Blanche chair one day. Carlo Scarpa—I get goosebumps every time I see what he’s made. Exquisitely detailed work.
The distraction you want to eliminate: Noise from exhaust.
Concrete or marble? Marble. Stones in general. They smell like time.
High-rise or townhouse? It depends on where. Both can be an enticing living experience—every site and situation offers something. I think it’s not only about typology. I love the feeling you can get in Hong Kong when the greenery descends from peaks and dissolves among dense clusters of high-rises. I dream of building a townhouse in Ault in northern France, right on the edge of the cliff.
Remember or forget? Forget if you’re trying hard to remember.
Aliens or ghosts? Ghosts, especially city ghosts.
Dark or light? Both!