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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsProduct Designer - Industrial Designer

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About me

I am a London based designer graduated from Ceramic and Industrial design at Central Saint Martins. Using advanced 3D modelling software and various prototyping methods I strive to design highly functional objects as well as shapes of unordinary poetic beauty. I work closely with manufactures to ensure my concepts transform into harmonious objects. I won the NextGen Design Competition and my crystal collection “Curve” is currently manufactured by Nachtmann. During the last year I took part in some of the leading design fairs in Europe and worked with top ceramic designers in London. Having the background in ceramics I acknowledge the importance of material knowledge to design and produce a product of exceptional quality. I understand the limitations as well as the potential of materials. Holding a Master’s degree in Psychology I developed a unique design approach taking into consideration end-user’s personality and expectations.

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Skills

  • Concept Sketching
  • 3D Prototyping
  • Concept Development
  • CAD
  • 3D Visualisation
  • Ceramic Design

Work history

Currently

Contract Designer

Vista Alegre

Sep 2017
  • Portugal
  • Freelance

Currently

Lead Designer

TOTUBALINA design

Jan 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • TOTUBALINA is a young design studio from London. ​ In the world of Architecture we worked on high-profile projects with some of the most reputable names in the trade (Foster + Partners, Gensler, Aedas). Across many years we dealt with demanding clients ranging from wealthy royal families to leading tech corporations (Apple Inc.). Through this hard craft we learnt what it takes to deliver quality design to the highest expectation. With this experience we are moving into Ceramics, Glassware, Sculpture and Product Design. ​ Holding Master’s degree in Psychology we use academic theories to understand the end-user and thinking ‘from inside’ of the subject we work on the very souls of our design pieces. ​ Having studied Ceramic and Industrial Design in Central St Martins University we absorbed the best of London's design culture and are proudly passionate about artistic quality of our work, aiming to create not only functional, but elegant objects. ​ Using advanced modelling software and prototyping methods we design forms of poetic beauty and work closely with manufacturers to ensure our concepts transform into harmonious objects. In the modern era of computerized design and manufacturing any shape is possible. Our designs are manufactured by Nachtmann/Riedel in Bavarian Crystal and a new collection will be launched later this season.

Currently

Contract Designer

Nachtmann

Jun 2016
  • Germany
  • Freelance

2017

Intern Designer

Simon Stevens Design Studio

Apr 2017 - Apr 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship

2017

Intern Designer

Studio Levien

Mar 2017 - Apr 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship

2014

Architectural Designer

fram

Nov 2011 - Jul 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance

2009

2016 NextGen Design Competition

NICK BAYLISS (ARCHITECTURAL GLASS) LIMITED

Nov 2008 - Jul 2009
  • Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Freelance

2007

Psychotherapist

Private Practice

Sep 2003 - Aug 2007
  • Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Freelance

2005

Psychologist, Project Manager

Non-Profit Organisation STELLIT

Jan 2003 - Jan 2005
  • Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Full Time

Education

2017

BA(Hons) Ceramic/Industrial Design, First Class Honours

The Cross+ng, Central Saint Martins

Oct 2014 - Jul 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Unique nationally, this course provides a design-led creative experience of ceramics within a broad subject context and brings an ethos of responsible design to the study of markets and manufacture.

2003

Master's degree in Psychology, Distinction

Saint Petersburg State University

Sep 1997 - Aug 2003
  • Saint Petersburg, Russia

Awards

2016

Nachtmann NextGen Design Competition

Nachtmann