Today we’d like to introduce you to Ailin Malimowcka.
Hi Ailin, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I am 31 years old, a lawyer by profession but a self-taught designer and director; I have been working as a creative for seven years and for three years I have been dedicated to the design and interior design of gastronomic concepts and fashion brands.
My passion for design was born from a very young age. I consider myself passionate about the aesthetic and the beautiful, since I was a child, influenced by my grandmother and my mother, i used to put together outfits to dress, and throughout my life I have developed greater visual amplitude for the details that I apply in my designs. I landed in restaurant interior design because in my childhood with my family we went to restaurants to celebrate special dates and from those celebrations I have memories and sensations that I currently seek to transmit to other people, I like to generate a positive mood in people through of the spaces involved.
I studied fashion, which helped me a lot to refine my eye, and then I took various courses in restaurant design, graphic design, social media, etc. But I mainly consider myself as self-taught, not influenced by a way of doing things or a certain style, but rather I builds my own method of development and also my own style.
I worked as the Director of digital content for brands like Rappi or Cabify, which gave me access to large production systems. I also worked as a wardrobe designer for celebrities in Israel and Argentina, and made costumes for Disney video clips and musical artists.
I am currently a Creative Director, specializing in the design of gastronomic concepts. The relationship between gastronomy and art is very important for me, and my inspiration comes from fashion and nature. My job is to think of concepts in all their edges and bring them down to reality. I chose to take the place of directing work teams and carrying out these ideas, because it is a job that requires the work of many people from different areas who have to work under the same gaze.
Some of the premises that I designed (interior design, branding, brand identity, social network design, crockery and furniture design, and staff uniforms) are:
MUDRA ARGENTINA AV CORDOBA
MUDRA ARGENTINA EXPRESS
OLEADA BUENOS AIRES
MUDRA ARGENTINA MENDOZA
MUDRA ARGENTINA PUERTO MADERO
MUDRA ARGENTINA NORDELTA
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Definitely not a smooth road. In every project, I learned something new. I am someone with a big heart who trusts people, and I have had a lot of issues with people not sticking to their words or irresponsible.
But that taught me a great lesson, and it is that as I choose to surround myself with good people in my friendships and relationships, I also just want to make business with good-hearted people, that’s the number one value for me.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a creative director, who specializes in designing hospitality-grade plant-based restaurant concepts. I’m proud of always following my instinct and my resilience that led me to the place where I am now. I don’t take things for granted and I don’t forget where I started.
What sets me apart from others is:
1. I’m the only plant-based restaurant designer.
2. I create new worlds that are in my mind that no one has seen before
3. I do everything from the very deep of my heart, and I don’t see it as a job but as a part of my life, I give all my energy to every project that I do as if it were my kid.
Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
Podcast: How I built this. It reminds me every time that we all started from scratch and how this people created such amazing brands by giving their best and never giving up. Book: Virgil Abloh’s “Artwork”
App: The pattern
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