Founder of a multidisciplinary design studio misch_MISCH, mischa sedova talks to Kristie Landing, founder of Landing Contemporary Art Platform on what inspires her design decisions and what it is like being an artist as well as a designer. Mischa also shares some of her interior tips for renovation and decoration projects including art purchasing and hanging pieces.
Both require a level of risk-taking. I intend to make human connections through spaces and art; this is why I consider myself more as a #humanspaceconnector and a creator of experiences. Ultimately, I’m very focused on the power of storytelling.
The appreciation for craftsmanship and bespoke made art is a trend I relate to. Being courageous with yourself, which is reflected in the confident mixology of the contemporary with the traditional as well and colours with textures and patterns.
Don’t buy all your furniture from one place. Don’t be afraid of breaking the rules instead of settling for the safe option. We encourage you to be bold and adventurous with your choice of materials and textures and mixing art and furniture pieces you’d never thought possible. But, we would never push you to the point where any changes to your space are too uncomfortable.
HOW DO YOU CREATE BALANCE IN SPACE?
Each project and client’s brief is unique and it is impossible to pinpoint it exactly. At misch_MISCH though all have one in common:
A well designed room is a perfect mix of tension and drama, the functionality with aesthetics and the emotion with the story it is telling.
WHERE DO YOU SEE FUTURE DESIGN STYLES?
More weight will be given to what truly makes you happy as opposed to what you see in magazines or on social media. There will always be a market for people who want something that isn’t seen everywhere. In recent years we have seen the uprise of the appreciation for one-off work and craftsmanship, that is set to continue.
Colours will become the new ‘neutrals’. We’ll be seeing more patterns, colours, mixology and layering on everything.
We must not forget that COV-19 will shake the way we look at our homes. We will view them with much more appreciation and be more aware of the security and protection they provide us. With the current pattern of homeowner wanting to get more out of their homes, having a home office will be a ‘new’ must. That will become a good selling point just as like the ground floor WC has now.
WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS ON USING LARGE ARTWORK IN THE INTERIOR?
Be prepared that it is going to be a statement and will ultimately unify your interiors. Have fun with it & don’t be afraid.
Experiment with its placement or hanging, there is no right or wrong. Play with levels. Just like every piece on your wall doesn’t have to be an image or painting, every part of your gallery doesn’t have to be on your wall. Lean them against the wall, stand them onto a minimal strip.
Be mindful of the framing, mix and match until you feel they’re visually balanced. However, you may not always be able to move pieces within the room; this is where we prepare CAD elevations/ room renders on behalf of our clients that they have found helpful with their decision making.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
It comes from being fully aware of the surroundings and all beauty. Even the smallest things matter in everyday walks of life. They can spark an idea or hold a key to answering the design solution to a current project.
Inspiration comes from everywhere and can hit you at any time. That is why it is so important to be present and in tune with all you do.
I am truly inspired by everything: Mother Nature [especially light and shadows], architecture, textures and patterns in fashion; and art [past and present]. From the world’s ever-growing library of art books and specialist materials. I love collecting out of print books and magazines; unique objects and artefacts, new and old. And then there’s the collaborative process of working with different artisans and artists.
Some of my favourite artists and designers are Mies van Der Rohe the pioneer of ‘Less is more’ & ground-breaking for his
time, Le Corbusier a pioneer of modern architecture, who mastered combining the functionality with sculptural geometric forms into open efficient spaces. Architect and interior designer Eileen Grey with her modernist furniture inspired by Japanese lacquer artist Seizo Sugawara and her exquisite detailing. Carlo Scarpa with his use of unconventional forms in unexpected context; Christo and Jeanne-Claude for their environmental work; Richard Sera for his breath-gasping large scale installations; Ettore Sottsass, who was an absolute genius when it came to the colourful broad strokes in sculpture and product design. Judy Chicago for her provocative paintings; Tamara de Lempicka for her distinctive exaggeration of chic figural paintings, volume and space simplified into tubular & crystalline forms.
In the fashion realm, I get drawn to a mixology of old and new; the richness of dynamic patters, colours and textures with clean, classic, and tomboy versus feminine cuts.
If you have enjoyed this interview and found it helpful, please let us know in the comments below. Equally, we would love to hear from you if you’d like help with any art curation or art buying for your home or another project. Drop us an email or directly message mischa, the Principal director and founder
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