Alexander Zhukovsky was born in a small Ukrainian town Polonnoe. After attending elementary and secondary school in the north of Russia in Kogalym, he moved to the city of Khanty-Mansiysk, where he studied applied arts and artistic woodcarvings. After graduating the Khanty-Mansiysk College of Art in 2008 he moved to Yekaterinburg, where he received a master’s degree in industrial design at USAAA (Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts, Yekaterinburg, Russia).
Winner of major Russian and international design awards. Lecturer at USAAA and Khanty-Mansiysk Institute of Design.
STATEMENT OF ART
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 a modern design, interest in both traditional cultural values and the latest technology and futurology – all of it inevitably have been forming my individual design concept and my own vision of designing process. “I realized that the design is the art of using experiences of the past to create an experience of the future. It’s like a beautiful bridge between the past and the future, which is consisting of experiences, emotions, feelings, observations, calculations and research in the form of attractive and useful product to facilitate and decorate our daily life”.
Design is its absence…
Dieter Rams said “Good design is as little design as possible”. I really like this phrase. Good design is the logical design. Perfectly when people don’t think how to open a cupboard or cabinet, it should be intuitively understandable. When a person doesn’t need to apprehend something rationally by his mind, when the design is so laid out and easy, then person take it emotional or through the sensory perception. A sensory perception or emotional experience is much stronger and more stable than rational. Perhaps that is why the most expensive and cult goods (furniture or clothes) in terms of design look very simple and even ascetic.
The beauty of function…
When you work on design of a product or furniture, beauty is necessary to associate not only with the appearance. Almost everything has an unique functions even if it’s only 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 must have the shape and this shape must be beautiful.
The most important condition of creating a successful product, in whatever field it was created, I think is understanding the context of the future product. I mean the cultural context, mental, environmental, geographical, marketing, stylistic, functional, etc. Such contexts are infinite variety because anything does not exist in isolation. Designers should be represent and understand in details the conditions under which future products will have to live. This understanding helps to answer all posed questions in bounds of design process and to achieve the most important goal of the designer – create a positive, exciting user experience.
EXHIBITIONS & DESIGN COMPETITIONS
2004 – The 12th student competition and exhibition “Design 2004. The best design project”, Russia;
2004 – Logo and index competition “Zolotaya bloha”, Tula/Moscow, Russia;
2005 – Design competition Promosedia, Italy;
2005 – Competition and exhibition “Design 2005. The best design project”, Russia;2006 – “Omsk – the capital of Russian design 2006”, Diploma of the second degree;
2006 – Regional competition and exhibition “Young Design of Ugra”, special diploma;
2006 – International competition in industrial design “Shelter in a cart” on Designboom.com, Japan
2006 – DIA 2006, finalist;
2006 – Russian competition of graduating students’ works in environmental design, Vladivostok, Russia, Diploma of the first degree;
2006 – international competition of graduating students’ works in architecture, Kazan, Russia, Diploma of the first degree;
2007 – IV Florence International Expo of the Best Diploma Projects Architecture, Environment & Territory and Design. FONDAZIONE ROMUNALDO DEL BIANCO
2008 – Next VW Icon, Volkswagen Design Center Potsdam (DCP), www.cardesign.ru, finalist.
2008 – Interior Motives Design Awards 2008, Best lifestyle interior
2012 – DESIGN AND DESIGN (winner, published in The Design and Design Book of the Year)
2013 – DESIGN AND DESIGN (winner, published in The Design and Design Book of the Year)
2013 – Design for Death, (finalist), organized by designboom.com, in collaboration with the LIEN FOUNDATION and ACM FOUNDATION, and supported by the NATIONAL FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION (NFDA)
2014 – A’Design Award & Competition (Bronze), Como, Italy
2014 – London Design Festival, (exhibition)
2014 – Gallery Elena Shchukina, London, GB, (exhibition)
2015 – Salone Satellite, Milano, Italy
2015 – ICFF, New York, USA
2016 – Imm cologne, Germany
In 2008 Alexander Zhukovsky founded his own design studio which is working across a wide range of fields, from lighting, furniture and sanitary ware to medical equipment and vehicles. Today Alexander Zhukovsky Design Studio based in Warsaw (Poland) and St. Petersburg (Russia). It’s a team of designers, united by a common idea and a shared vision of “good design”. Among the studio’s clients both small innovative companies and large manufacturers from Russia, USA, Europe and Asia.