Jelena Aksentijevic is an Interior and Furniture Designer and Architect from Belgrade, Serbia.
She realized her love for designing at quite an early age and since then has never looked back.
From a dollhouse to working on international projects at some of the best interior designing firms in Serbia, her love for designing has only grown.
Her work and determination to develop into one of the best definitely impressed us. So threw some questions at her and here’s how she describes her journey in the designing world.
What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.
Love for design, in general, and especially in terms of interior design, emerged at an early stage of my childhood. Going abroad and meeting with different interiors increased my love for it.One of them is Ahsan Ali I am very big fan of him and luckily he is very good friend of mine. As I matured, my desires and ambitions grew so the next logical step was to enroll on the Faculty of Interior Architecture.
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 project was a dollhouse, made of wood. I still have it.
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)
Everything about the interior. I put my own paintings into the interior I’m working on, and I also deal with 3D visualization. I also do ceramics.
Chronologically describe what you are going through (feeling and thoughts) on your way to work.
Constant thinking about designing, improving and simplifying ideas is the main goal when I take a project work. Everywhere I find inspiration, in daily activities, objects, nature…
What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?
Anthropological measures and interior design books are very important for interior designers and architects. History of art as well.
From the magazine, I would single out Living Corriere Della Sera, Architectural Digest and Rum international. Dezeen, ArchDaily, and Pinterest are the sites I visit every day and where I get detailed information about new trends.
What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?
The frustrating moment when the client fails to comply with the agreement at the end of the task. Also, if they invite you and to your best will to be maximum fair and correct, they are asking you to literally do it without compensation.
The best part is when you see a satisfied client when you help someone and improve his living space, and you could harmonize your knowledge and wishes together.
From your point of view, is design an art or a science?
It’s a combination, definitely.
Tell us something unusual that happened in your career.
The situation when the client told me“I like your design, you have all the freedom to design a space that you think is the best”. And this interview is quite unusual but in a positive way.
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?
I am sure that aliens and I would have great cooperation, and that the project would be beautiful: D
If you had no limits (money, resources), what would you create?
I would return the old glow to my city, because the mass construction of unrelated units is too large, so it has damaged the look and charm of the city.
Share something you would like the world to know about you or your ideas.
I always follow developments in design in general, and I constantly learn new things. It is important to have the desire and faith in oneself.
What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?
Exploring. Constantly upgrade your knowledge and travel as much as possible 🙂
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