Oleg Klodt and Anna Agapova are, respectively, the Founder and Creative Director of Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design with offices in London and Moscow. The designers main inspirations come from designers like Falkner and the works of the British master Valeria Nascimento.
“When you create a project for a person, you must understand his rhythm of life, what he does and what he really needs. At the same time, in my opinion, the interior should not be a visible designer. After all, we do not express ourselves in the profession, we create beautiful space and beautiful things for very specific people”. Oleg Koldt
The already recognized studio is expanding their business “ Well, creating an interior is always a co-creation. For example, a musician, painter, sculptor or dancer create their own works on their own, they are engaged in pure art. In architecture and design, everything is different. You can not create in a creative vacuum, you should always be in dialogue with the customer. Trust is the foundation on which a beautiful and viable interior is built.”
Koldt loves to revisit spaces he created so he can reflect on his work. This proves that design is an ever-changing industry, meaaninig what is created today can be changed tomorrow. This could be damaging for any designer’s mind, but Koldt takes the higher road on this position and clearly defends that “a good interior is flexible” and that is all he need to know to continue to do his work.
This studio regularly publishes their projects in leading professional media outlets and have friendly relations with all publishing editors. They pay great attention to social networks, because the world has changed and, if earlier publications in such magazines as Elle Decoration and Architectural Digest were the key to getting new customers, now social media plays an even bigger role.
This vision is shared by Agapova that cements the work that the studio has done to create a world-known brand in all media outlets: “We were one of the first architectural bureaus in Russia that took on not only a PR specialist but also began working with international PR agencies. Looking through the pages and websites of foreign publications, I often wondered why so few of our compatriots are published on the pages of international publications because over the past 20 years we have a lot of good designers and decent projects.”
Agapova says that over the last 20 years, Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design have accumulated vast experience in creating unique items for their own design projects and this experience has helped the studio understand what is really lacking in the market.
But they now that this past experience is not a legacy but rather an opportunity to improve because design is constantly changing .
That’s why the duo did not stay in their safe zone in Moscow, but rather opened an international office in London and launched their own collection of furniture, lighting, textiles, wallpaper and carpets under their own brand O & A London.
“Since Oleg is an architect and I am a designer, the work on each project is built in this way: Oleg creates a shell, and I fill it. Our bureau is a huge clockwork, cohesively working on bringing the project to life, right down to the slippers beside the bed. This is a system where not just a beautiful interior is developed, but the entire service sector is offered to the client so that nothing will disturb them. Already in the first stage of the project, we offer maximum visualization and create 3D images of the future interior. After that comes a massive project bundling unit and specifying all the beautiful things in the image. Then the architecture department, the project implementation department, the management department, which monitors each stage, come into play. We also have an art department that picks up all the pieces of art and decor for the interior.”
In an architectural point of view, Koldt defends since the end of the last century, new styles did not appear in the interiors. Agapova is a bit more technical in her trend prediction because although she admits it’s impossible to predict today what style will become fashionable tomorrow, it’s easy to assume that high-tech items will become increasingly in demand.
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