Elvin Shirinov graduated from the Azerbaijan State Economic University and currently works at ZOOM Arts & Design, Doha.
He’s worked on a variety of projects ranging from residential and commercial offices to administrative buildings and even government projects.
And thus, is more than capable of handling teams, devising estimates, repair and remodeling works, subcontractor management and facilitating utility installations
We came across his work on LinkedIn and wanted to know more about his journey from Azerbaijan to Doha. Here’s what he has to say.
What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decide this is the way to go.
While I was growing up, I was fascinated with structures and how buildings looked both externally and internally.
Earlier, I wanted to take up architecture focussed mainly on the exterior of the structures but as I got to know more about the different aspect of the design industry and what else it offers, I came across Interior design which has caught my eye and I knew that it was the career path I wanted to take.
It gave me a different vibe from when I was still interested in architecture and I got more the feeling of freedom and creativity as it’s not as restricted.
From then on I became more interested and passionate about how I can utilize the space available and began linking this with contemporary examples that are present around the world.
Can you remember your first project? Describe it a bit, whether it is a gizmo you worked at as a little kid or something that was sold on a large scale.
My first project was actually a painting that I made in school. The painting was describing a healthy lifestyle and to avoid drugs and all similar bad things.
What field of design are you most interested in? Do your works have anything to do with it? (We are asking because not many designers do what they actually want).
Absolutely, I am doing what I love which is luxury high-end residential designs and currently working on many product design projects, which provides me with more experience as an interior designer.
Also, designing a space is like painting on a clear canvas. If it’s not going to be great, better to wait for the right mood and inspiration.
As long as we are dealing with art which became the main focal point of our lives, we need more and more inspiration to make it even better than we did yesterday.
Therefore, the only way is Love. Only with love, you discover new ideas. You start to develop this idea, dive in it, and enjoy every moment of the process.
If you feel thirsty for ideas and concepts then you are working hard to turn your dreams into reality, without even tracking the time, thus you are on the right path.
When you feel tired, just give it a break, and start over and no matter who you are or what you do, do the things that make you happy.
Chronologically describe what you are going through ( feelings and thoughts) on your way to work.
From the moment I get out of bed and make my way to work, I continuously think about my next step to achieve the highest quality in each of my design projects, and that inspires me each and every day.
The process of a designers life never stops, as they keep thinking about their project until its delivered.
What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?
My favorite magazine is the ICON Magazine, keeps me updated to the latest design from architecture, interior design to product design.
My favorite book “Making Ideas Happen” by Scott Belsky, and my favorite site would be “bigthink.com”.
What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?
Interruption is what frustrates me the most during the process of a project. I like to stay focused and look forward to new ideas.
From your point of view, is design an art or a science?
Well, my job as an interior designer involves both art and science, it’s a combination. From decisions related to painting to the measurements and calculations of the plan, you’ve got to get it all right.
Tell us something unusual that happened in your career.
Well, it’s rather exciting and unexpected. I moved from my home country Azerbaijan to Qatar and had no clue where Qatar was, but what I knew was that it will be a great opportunity for me to express my designs and ideas.
Let’s say you entered a contest. You have to come up with a design for the first house on the moon built for extraterrestrial living. How would your project look like?
I would rather redesign the place we live in than having to move to the moon.
If you had no limit (money, resources), what would you create?
That’s every designer’s dream. I would love to create a whole new City that provides clean energy, a new type of transportation, education system and changing peoples way of living with technology. “Minimalist cosmic futurism” is what I would call it.
Share something you would like the world to know about you or your ideas.
That I keep up with the latest trends and consider myself to be design-driven. Remember, don’t love what you do, instead, do what you love.
What advise do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?
Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, to meet new friends and to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job and your next job. Don’t worry about things just try to be best in what you do, you can do small projects like designer bags like my friend Izabella Gelenscer or you can do something big just do it with passion.
If your readers had to follow you on or wanted to reach out, what would be the best way to go about it?
Through my LinkedIn profile and Behance Profile.