Interview with designer Konstantin Rybak (KR), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Arxi by Kofta Fashion Accessories.

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Interview with Konstantin Rybak at Thursday 21st of April 2016: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
KR : To act - to art!

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
KR : I'd like to do design between art and wearable fashion things. I'd like to remain people, that they usually forgot about beauty of our world and human creations.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
KR : It will be the new page of our history. I will go farther. I would like to create next collection more nature-friendly. I'd like to move in this direction and I already have an idea how to do that.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
KR : About 1 month for research, half a year to create proper forms for each bag and 2 months more for production.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
KR : I'm exploring the world around me, questioning everything and then expressing the answers in the art. I'm inspired by the life how it is with all the cyclic recurrence, transformations, which are involved into its global stream. The idea of ARXI collection: The wholeness of n atural form indicates that the form and forces are always in some sense of equilibrium. Seashells for instance are one of the natural forms whose functions are simple enough to be approximated by a simple mathematical relationship. Natural forms and curves are applicable to human architectures. Baroque architecture inspiration where regular designs gave way to curves, dramatic shapes and decoration was transferred to sculptural leather Kofta pieces to evoke sensual delight..

DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
KR : I create Kofta design myself and have my own production. I never use any other company to create Kofta design. And I never sell my design to any other company. Usually I do some collaborations.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
KR : It is my idea, my mind and universe))

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
KR : I never ask any other person to create design for Kofta.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
KR : It is people who understand art and interested in fashion. Usually, it is some IT-persons, TV and music stars, bloggers.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
KR : I think it is the unique approach to idea implementation.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
KR : ARXI - architecture, in Russian ARXI means - Supreme.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
KR : I'm drawing, work with sculpture.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
KR : It is idea, forms and quality.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
KR : I have sculptor who usually helps me to create proper form.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
KR : I implemented in creative process ARXI collection 3D printing and laser cutting. All other things made by hand.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
KR : No, it is just my idea.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
KR : Every day, but I usually solve it successfully.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
KR : I think I will help me in promotion of my brand.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
KR : I read a lot of books about architecture, Baroko, ornaments. I travelling a lot to get the inspiration.