Alesya KasianenkoAlesya graduated from the architectural faculty of Kharkov National University of Construction and Architecture.

She’s one of the most passionate designers we’ve come across and her desire to work and develop is one that’s hard to match up to.

Her Behance profile definitely impressed us and we’re sure you’ll love it too. So what makes Alesya such an amazing and creative interior designer? Let’s find out.

Over to Alesya…..

What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.

I loved drawing from an early age and was absolutely confident that I would link my future profession with art. I do not really like the word “designer” from the part because in different languages it means different. In the same way as the word “artist”. I define myself as the person who creates.

But I, like all creative personalities, probably have moments when I think: “Maybe everything I do is sh.. and it’s time for me to stop doing it?” I’m joking, but in every joke, there is some truth.

By profession, I’m an architect.  As I said earlier, I dreamed of such a creative profession from childhood, but I was very afraid of responsibility and could not decide for a long time. My mother helped me with this and now, thanks to her, I am who I am.

My passion for design is determined by the desire to create. I can not sit still and do nothing. As soon as I finish one project, the thoughts about the next one ripen in my head. And so constantly, everything begins again and again. This is all me.

I’m all in this process. I love its beginning, I love the process, and most importantly – I love its result. Every new project is a new life, into which I invest all of myself.

Art, self-improvement in it and its cognition is the meaning of my being. I can not help but think about it for a minute, for this loved ones often take offense at me.

I am inspired and happy with everything that I see: color, light, shadows, geometry, rhythm etc. I try to search for harmony in the world around me and I am constantly inspired by it.

in the wood design
In the Wood Design by Alesya Kasianenko

Can you remember your first design project? Describe it a bit, whether it is a gizmo you worked at as a little kid or something that was sold at a large scale.

My first and biggest project I still consider a pink elephant. This was my first job when entering the school of children’s drawing. The teacher planted me and said: “Draw! Come on! The theme given was – animals in the zoo. ”

And that’s all. I started drawing an elephant, pink and purple. I do not know why exactly this, but according to my ideas, he absolutely should not have been gray.

And I drew a fence around it. It was bright emerald, not gray and not black, again. I did not want to “plant” him in a rough cage but wanted to do only a tolerable fence apparently.

I explain this work to myself now, and then I was an 8-year-old child and did everything, guided only by feelings.

Then I grew up and went to university. To admit, it was difficult for me at first. Not all worked, I did not understand everything.

Now, of course, I am very grateful to our teachers for trying to teach us everything, to put our knowledge in our heads and then I was younger and did not take everything as seriously as I do now. In the student days, we did many projects. It was a wonderful time.

What field of design are you most interested in? Do your works have anything to do with it? (We are asking this because not many designers do what they actually want)

I belong to the small number of those people who create only what they like. I admit that I had projects, where their goal was only a fee. They did not represent a special interest in development for me.

But I try to avoid such projects since I think that getting pleasure from the work process is a primary goal. In general, it is advisable not to call this job ‘work’. This is my vocation. This is my “akin labor,” as in Grigory Savvich Skovoroda. (“Сродна праця” Ukr: Work that brings pleasure, an occupation that you like.)

A design is a broad concept and I am interested in its various spheres. I like interior design, architecture, furniture design, drawing, photography.

Cozy Kids Room by Alesya
Cozy Kids Room by Alesya Kasianenko

Chronologically describe what you are going through (feeling and thoughts) on your way to work.

The process of working with me is like this: an idea comes up lightning quick and I go and only think about it and how it would be better to implement it.

The concept itself often occurs immediately. Then, for a while, I study my idea from inside and outside myself and develop its details. I read, watch, collect prototypes on this topic.

After that, I proceed to the material part of the project implementation. I often take breaks, I’m distracted by other projects. It happens that the project is born in a matter of days, always different.

A special stage for me,  the process of rendering, the pre-final stage of the work. The moment when you just sit, watch, enjoy the result of your work and rejoice at the birth of a new picture.

After the project has already been published, there is a stage of criticism. I consider a stage that is simply necessary for my own development and improvement. A competent evaluation of another specialist is always welcome. It is a mirror that helps you to become better.

What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?

My favorite magazine is “L’Esprit Nouveau”. I try to use the rules etc. in there even to this day. Le Corbusier is one of my favorite architects, whose works I have great respect for and read with pleasure about it.

I like to study history and the theory of architecture, I like reading about the origins of the design. I love Mies van der Rohe, Gropius, Wright, Bofill.

From modern magazines/websites, I like Archdaily, Domus, Houzz and many other sources.

What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?

I can not say that there are unpleasant moments in my work. I try to enjoy both the process and the result.

There is an unpleasant moment only when you have to make a large number of edits to the project. But it happens rarely and it’s all part of the process.

The most pleasant moment is certainly positive responses about work. I sincerely rejoice when someone likes what I do.

From your point of view, is design an art or a science?

From my point of view, a design is both a science and an art.

Alas, a competent, high-quality product does not work for an amateur, for a person who has not received proper education in this specialization. I mean not only getting an education at the university.

No, I mean the independent study of design and architecture as well. A Design is not only a sense of beauty but also mathematics. We need to read, watch, study, observe, practice, find our handwriting, develop and move in general.

Kitchen Design by Alesya

Tell us something unusual that happened in your career.

I cannot agree that I already have a career. I’m quite a novice specialist. I do not have any awards and regalia in the field of design and architecture, and this is for me a defining characteristic.

To date, all events for me are unusual and at the same time quite normal. I periodically participate in contests, but they are not so significant to speak about here. Once I participated in a contest and met Italian Industrial designer Marco Schembri, he is one of the finest designers I have ever met.

You, for example, asked to give you an interview – it’s very unusual for me and very pleased. I just do what I do.

Let’s say you entered a contest. You have to come up with a design for the first house on the Moon built for extra-terrestrial living. How would your project look like?

You know, I think that such a house would look like our “earthly” houses. It does not matter where it will be located territorially, the main thing is for whom it will be intended.

First “function”, then “form”. We create housing for a person, so the determining factor will be convenience. In the house for extraterrestrial civilizations, there will be the same table, 750 mm high, like the one that stands at home with you. Because its dimensions and form are related to human.

Visually, perhaps, it would be different, would be unusual, futuristic. But I am absolutely sure that he would be familiar and comfortable for any person from within. This is probably the main principle that I try to adhere to when designing.

If you had no limits (money, resources), what would you create?

If I had no limits in terms of money and resources, I would tackle the issue of social construction.

In our country, this issue is very relevant, but it is almost not paid attention. Many people do not have a roof over their heads, we have almost no shelters for the homeless. And those that are available, they are not suitable for housing.

In general, I would also like to create a really cool kindergarten: a modern, technological, functional structure, where children would gallop to meet the new merry day with joy.

Share something you would like the world to know about you or your ideas.

I definitely want to create my own unique product, corporate identity.

So far I’m just on my way to this. I really want my country and my city to become famous in the field of modern design and architecture, not only keeping pace with the times but also ahead of time.

For this, I myself daily make efforts, trying to come up with and implement something new, cool and relevant.

City Jungle
City Jungle

What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?

To young designers I want to wish one thing: strive, try, create and never stop.

If our readers had to follow you on or wanted to reach out, what would be the best way to go about it.

I am grateful to everyone who has read this article. I’m very grateful to you for paying attention to my work.




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