Anastasiya Stepnova is a Colour architect and designer graduated in Interior and lighting design with strong skills in 3D graphics and a great passion: jewels! I mean she creates them with meticulous patience.
What has always struck me about her is her great culture that she expresses on a daily basis through freehand drawing, as well as creating a jewel, a rendering, an application or choosing a colour for a suit.
For these reasons, I wanted to celebrate and share her professional experience in this interview. To the first answer, this was here response: “That’s not fair – putting the most difficult question first, and you know it!” Yes, I know, but the result of these questions is collected below.
Who are you? Try describe yourself
That’s not fair – putting the most difficult question first, and you know it! Being a designer for me is not simply about choosing a profession, it’s how I see the world and the kind of harmony I’m seeking between the function, the essence, the shape and feasibility. But it is also an infinite chain: you personality determines your choice and then it’s the choice that shapes the personality which leads you to other choices, hopefully on higher levels, and so on.
What did you study to undertake this profession?
First I studied Architectural Design in Russia and afterwards Architecture, Master’s Degree, in Italy, University of Bologna.
What is for you Architecture and design and how would you describe your work?
Architecture is the most beautiful thing in the world as it contains so many fields in itself: art, design, physics and engineering, philosophy, history… And as in Gestalt psychology, the whole is something different than a simple sum of its parts. And architectural education is extremely versatile: it teaches you a multi-disciplinary approach which, on a larger scale, can be applied to almost everything in life.
Can you tell me what area of Architecture design do you specialise in?
My speciality is interior design, both residential and commercial. I worked in other design roles as well, but it’s interior that will always make my heart beat faster.
Who or what inspired you to become an Architect?
There wasn’t a single inspiration, but rather a bunch of things: lots of interesting people I met were Architecture graduates; I was always fond of figurative arts but none of them was complex and profound enough; I was always good both in humanitarian and natural sciences; so it didn’t turn out that architecture was the best option, it was just the only one.
What is your best project that you have worked on and why?
There are several projects I’m proud of, but I’m sure the best is yet to come.
Which relation do you have with colours and architecture and how to use the CMF in architecture?
You know, this relation is truly affectionate. I love colour, colour just makes everything better. I can’t say I’m using colour or finish rationally as sort of a tool. As a theory of colour isn’t 100% scientific or measurable, so isn’t its application. Sometimes colour is the part of an initial idea, blurry and uncertain. Sometimes after the shape is determined you ask yourself: which palette would tell the same story? It is like communicating with people: you use words to express the idea, but also you have facial expressions, intonations, body language. When communication is live and sincere they all compliment each other.
In addition, I know that you have a strong passion for jewellery. How do you think that the cmf design could be connected with this kind of product?
Jewellery stands closer to craftsmanship, so the role of material and finish is bigger. You don’t have huge structural or functional challenges, so it’s more about the rapport between the idea and its material incarnation.
What suggestions would you give to those who would like to pursue your career?
Right after I become someone eminent and renowned, I will tell you! Seriously speaking, nothing’s predefined and nothing’s static, everyone’s got his own path and millions of his own ways to discover it.