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Today we’d like to introduce you to Anya Radzevych.

Anya, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I had quite a winding path in design. I started by studying art history in my hometown of Kyiv, Ukraine. As a student, I was turning all my academic papers into opportunities to travel and experience the original artworks in person.

Forty countries and countless art fairs and museums later, I realized that exhibition design is what truly fascinates me – the thoughts and skills that go into crafting a viewing experience. Following my newly discovered fascination, I went on to study exhibition design in London’s Central Saint Martins and afterward moved to Los Angeles to work on my skills in interior and industrial design and get professional experience. When I first saw that my sketch turned into a prototype for mass manufacturing, I decided that I can call myself a designer.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I work on Industrial and Entertainment design projects, on a small and large scale. From packaging design and household items to interior designs and architecture for video games.

I’m always taking opportunities to work on future scenarios and innovation. In this career (that I’m just starting), I was very fortunate to design the future of the third-place at Starbucks, envision the future of play for Adidas, design the future workspace at Haworth and imagine the future of travel at Royal Caribbean.

I love to think that I have a very pragmatic view of what design should be. Design is about problem-solving. Problems, however, can range from very practical (e.g. how can we make a sturdier sit for a busy coffee shop) to quiet philosophical ones (e.g. how can we craft an unforgettable vacation experience).

My goal as a designer is to develop a style that will be ubiquitous and versatile to solve any design challenge and adjust to a wide variety of aesthetics.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Coming from Ukraine, where the job of a designer is still believed to be “making things pretty”, the conditions that artists and designers have in Los Angeles seem absolutely incredible. Countless workshops, classes, social events, and exhibitions create an environment that facilitates creative growth. However, when it comes to jobs the competition in the creative industry is brutal! Moreover, it gives large corporations the freedom to pay minimum wages for complex creative work and keep young designers in the positions of interns for years.

I’d love to see an open dialogue among creatives in Los Angeles about the truth of working in the industry. I think it’s really important for us to talk openly about things like wages, intellectual property and rights of freelance artists. Cities like ours can set an example to others for protecting the rights of the creatives that shape the aesthetics and the environments we live in.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I really love observing how people interact with my work in the real world. My furniture piece can be currently seen at the Haworth showroom in New York, household product set made from bamboo is on the exhibition in Kyoto, the book I contributed illustrations to is in the library of Central Saint Martins in London.

My recent fascination is web design so as my personal website is under construction now, I post updates of my work on LinkedIn (you can find me under my name Anya Radzevych).

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