Alexander Zhukovsky was born in the small Ukrainian town of Polonne to a Polish-Ukrainian family. After attending elementary and secondary school in Kogalym, northern Russia, 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).
He has been awarded several major Russian and international design awards. He has held Lecturer positions at USAAA and the Khanty-Mansiysk Institute of Design.
STATEMENT OF ART
Ethnographic expeditions to the Far North, the study of lifestyle and culture 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 these categories have formed my individual design concept and my own vision of the process. “I realized that design is the art of using past experience to create an experience of the future. It’s like a bridge in time. This bridge is built on experiences, emotions, feelings, observations, calculations and research, and it takes form in an 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 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.
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.
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 works across a wide range of fields, from lighting, furniture and sanitary ware to medical equipment and vehicles. Today, Alexander Zhukovsky is based in three cities – Warsaw (Poland), San Diego (USA) and St. Petersburg (Russia). It features a team of designers united by a shared vision of “good design.” Among the studio’s clients are both small innovative companies and large manufacturers from Russia, the USA, Europe and Asia.