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About Alexander Zhukovsky : Alexander Zhukovsky was born in a small Ukrainian town, Polonne, to a Polish-Ukrainian family. He received his art and design education in Russia. After receiving an MA in industrial design from USAAA (Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts, Yekaterinburg) in 2008, he founded his own design studio which specializes in a wide range of fields: from lighting, furniture and sanitary ware to medical equipment and vehicles.

Participation in ethnographic expeditions to the Extreme North, the study of culture and way of life of the indigenous peoples of the Russian North, the study of applied arts on par with modern design, interest in both traditional cultural values, contemporary technology and the future – all of these experiences have influenced his individual design concept and his own vision of what is considered “good design”.

Today, Alexander Zhukovsky is based in three cities – Warsaw (Poland), San Diego (USA) and St. Petersburg (Russia). Among the studio’s clients are both small innovative companies and large manufacturers from Russia, the USA, Europe, and Asia.
STATEMENT OF ART:
Design is its absence…

Dieter Rams said, “Good design is as little design as possible”. I respect this phrase. Good design is logical design. For example, people shouldn’t have to think how to open a cupboard or cabinet. It should be intuitively understandable. When design is intuitive, the person can bypass the rational process and experience it directly through the senses. Sensory perception and emotional experience are stronger and more stable than a rational experience. Perhaps that is why cult items, whether they be furniture or clothing, look very simple and even austere.



The beauty of function…

Beauty manifests itself in more than just appearance. Almost everything should have a unique function, even if it’s only for aesthetic pleasure. I believe that each function has its own aesthetics. The task of the designer is to identify and demonstrate this aesthetic, make this function beautiful. Design is good if the form and function have a logical connection, when form and function correspond to each other and when the form emphasizes the function. The function is embodied in the shape and this shape must be beautiful.



Contextuality…

I believe that the most important condition for creating a successful product, in whatever field it may be, is understanding the context for the final product. I refer to cultural, mental, environmental, geographic, marketing, stylistic, functional, and other contexts. Such contexts are infinite because nothing exists in isolation. Designers should understand the conditions under which future products will have to live. This understanding helps answer all posed questions of the design process and to achieve the most important goal of the designer – the creation of a positive, exciting user experience.

ORGANIZATION:
Alexander Zhukovsky Design Studio

NON-DESIGN OCCUPATION:
University lecturer, other subjects Education, research, training

EDUCATION:
2008, Industrial Designer, MA, Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts (USAAA), Yekaterinburg/RUSSIA.

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2014, Elena Shchukina Gallery, LONDON/UNITED KINGDOM.
2015, Salone del Mobile (SaloneSatellite), Milano/ITALY;
2015, ICFF, New York/USA;
2016, Imm Cologne 2016, Cologne/GERMANY;
2019, Imm Cologne 2019, Cologne/GERMANY;
2019, Stockholm Furniture Fair, Stockholm/Sweden;

EVENTS:
2014, Elena Shchukina Gallery, LONDON/UNITED KINGDOM.
2015, Salone del Mobile (SaloneSatellite), Milano/ITALY;
2015, ICFF, New York/USA;
2016, Imm Cologne 2016, Cologne/GERMANY;
2019, Imm Cologne 2019, Cologne/GERMANY;
2019, Stockholm Furniture Fair, Stockholm/Sweden;

AWARDS:
2015, Bronze A' Design Award Winner for Art Materials, Stationery Supplies and Gift Items Design Category;
2013, Design and Design International Award, FRANCE;
2008, 1st Place, Interior Motives Design Award (Best Lifestyle Interior), Paris/FRANCE;
2008, Next Volkswagen icon, Russia/Germany (Potsdam);
2007, IV Florence International Expo of the Best Projects in Architecture and Design;

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2013, "Bubble Bath" (Bathsphere), THE PEAK SELECTIONS: DOMAIN 2013, Issue 07, SINGAPORE/MALAYSIA.

2015, "The Bathsphere", Chic House Magazine, Page 20, https://issuu.com/casasymas/docs/cha_monterrey_199
, December, MONTERREY/MEXICO.

2017, "Too Cool for Stool" (Artu Stool), Yanco Design, https://www.yankodesign.com/2017/04/21/too-cool-fo
r-stool/, April, VANCOUVER/CANADA.

2018, "Chairs by Alexander Zhukovsky" (LeTube Chairs), ELLE Decoration RU, https://www.elledecoration.ru/news/design/russkii-
dizain-novye-stulya-ot-aleksandra-zhukovskogo-id67
92624/, September, MOSCOW/RUSSIA.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, English.

COMPUTER LITERACY:
SolidWorks, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, 3D Studio MAX, Corel Draw, etc.

HOBBIES:
Snowboarding, traveling

WEB SITE:
www.figuron.com

PORTFOLIO URL:
www.alexanderzhukovsky.com

REGISTRATION DATE:
2013-10-02 21:59:42

COUNTRY:
Poland

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by Alexander Zhukovsky


Cubix Stationery Set

Bronze A' Design Award Winner for Art Materials, Stationery Supplies and Gift Items Design Category in 2013
Alexander Zhukovsky for Skb Kontur
Lines Shelving System

Bronze A' Design Award Winner for Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category in 2018
Alexander Zhukovsky for Figuron Furniture

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