‘Ukraine: Design for Real Time’ Sheds Light on Life Before and After the Russian Invasion
For Ukrainian designers, there is a clear before and after: the world previous to Russia’s invasion of their country on February 24, and the chaos, carnage, and courage that came after. As part of Barcelona Design Week earlier this summer, design historian Larysa Tsybina and architect Mykola Kornilov—both Ukrainian themselves—gathered work made in each time period as a way to make sense of the senseless for the exhibition “Ukraine: Design for Real Time.”
“Ukrainian design kept pace,” said Tsybina, “focusing on the ecology, materials of the future, new architypes of forms and additional functions that solve the problem of the human in modern society.” In wartime, designers and others most focus on what she calls “objects that help solve problems in storage, dugouts, temporary hospitals, bombed houses.”
Given professional realities, most participants contribute virtually: a monumental 13-by-20-foot poster offers the work of 18 designers, and more are included via video material. One commissioned work straddles the temporal boundaries of the exhibition. Katerina Sokolova’s Military Gropius chair for NOOM was designed in peacetime. Here, in a collaboration with the VinnSolard volunteer center in Vinnytsia, it’s covered in the camouflage netting used in the rear and front lines of the war. It’s a striking example of what she calls “objects that are more a tool for life than design.”
Dispatches from Ukrainian Designers
A&D professionals in Ukraine tell Interior Design about the state of their offices, their industries, and their homes.
Dispatches from Ukrainian Designers: Olga Bogdanova
Ukrainian designer Olga Bogdanova discusses navigating the future of her studio Bogdanova Bureau in Kyiv given the current crisis.
Dispatches from Ukrainian Designers: Kostiantyn Rusiev
Ukrainian designer Kostiantyn Rusiev of RP Project discusses the state of A&D during the crisis in Ukraine.
Don’t Miss a Chance to Enter Interior Design’s Hall of Fame Red Carpet Contest
Interior Design and Swedish-based Bolon are teaming up to host a red carpet design competition for the Hall of Fame gala in New York.
Ukrainian Designers Speak Out on the Current State of Affairs
Following the Russian invasion, these Ukrainian designers tell Interior Design about the current reality of their work and home lives.
10 Questions With… Dustin Yellin
Artist Dustin Yellin chats with Interior Design about finding the right light and the performative aspect of his sculptures.