Discover the interview of Anya Radzevych in Glendable, USA.
How did you become designer ?
I had quite a winding path in design. I started by studying art history in my hometown of Kyiv, Ukraine. As a student, I was turning all my academic papers into opportunities to travel and experience the original artworks in person.
Forty countries and countless art fairs and museums later, I realized that exhibition design is what truly fascinates me – the thoughts and skills that go into crafting a viewing experience. Following my newly discovered fascination, I went on to study exhibition design in London’s Central Saint Martins and afterward moved to Los Angeles to work on my skills in interior and industrial design and get professional experience.
When I first saw that my sketch turned into a prototype for mass manufacturing I decided that I can call myself a designer.
How would you define your vision of design, your style ?
I’d love to think that I have a very pragmatic view of what design should be. Design is about problem solving. Problems, however, can range from very practical (e.g how can we make a sturdier sit for a busy coffee shop) to quiet philosophical ones (e.g. how can we craft an unforgettable vacation experience).
My goal as a designer is to develop a style that will be ubiquitous and versatile to solve any design challenge and adjust to a wide variety of aesthetics.
For the future, what are your professional projects
I’m always taking opportunities to work on future scenarios and innovation. I was very fortunate to design the future of the third place at Starbucks, envision the future of play for Adidas, design the future workspace at Haworth and imagine the future of travel at Royal Caribbean.
What do you like the most in your job ?
I love listening stories of the people I work with, their creative path, the experiences and moments of inspirations that informed their current work. I feel like I learn a lot from these stories, and they help me to understand who I am as a creative myself.