October 26, 2020

Alexey Kurchin - Hattomonkey Studio

Discover the interview of Alexey Kurchin for Hattomonkey Studio https://www.instagram.com/hattomonkeystudio/?hl=fr .

How did you become designer ?

When friends, whom I haven’t seen for ages, find out I’m a designer, they aren’t surprised. They say to me, “Well, you always drew so well!” Yes, its true, I really loved to draw, and did it everywhere and always – at school, at home, on fences and walls of basements, and at friends parties I painted their jeans. Funnily though, I didn’t like to draw in art class. I didn’t like to draw like everyone else does, to draw the same as everyone else. Working as a designer allows me to do, create, what I think is right, and necessary. By the way, I am not very good at drawing.

How would you define your vision of design, your style ?

There is a phrase “The author’s style”. In the way, we understand that this project was made by this creator. This is the best way to define my style. I love graphics, wild strokes and expressive calligraphy. I try to take projects that have almost no limits, and the client is morally and psychologically ready for an impudent, or even unexpected, decision. To draw an analogy from music – I’m a punk. More precisely, a punk with glasses and washed trousers.

For the future, what are your professional projects?

I plan to move away from commercial orders towards art projects and collaborations, from market-defined limits to entire freedom of expression. I have been improving my “author style” for a long time, and now I’m sure that it is my only natural evolution as a creator.

What do you like the most in your job ?

My biggest jpb satisfaction is when I offer a really wild idea and the clients answer is “Wow! Can I do this? Let’s try it!” I like to change a persons point of view, when they understand the outcome is going to be absolutely unexpected. I love the challenge when I step into unknown territory. My first interior design project for a chamber bar in Saint Petersburg is a good example of this. Usually, I worked with objects that I can see instantly – the whole idea, the whole composition. But it does’t work with interiors! Everything changes according to time, the position of a person, where they are looking, sitting or standing. Eventually, I had to change my approach to the project completely. It’s cool when during the working process you change not only the world around you, but even yourself. But most of all, I love that my partner in life and work, my wife, helps me in everything and does not let me relax. I’m terribly lazy.