Beauty inside

Designer of the day: Kickie Chudikova – SURFACE

Here we ask designers to take a selfie and give us a glimpse into their lives.

Age: 35

Occupation: Designate.

instagram: @kickie.chudikova

Hometown: Bratislava, Slovakia.

Studio location: Brooklyn.

Describe what you make: I design furniture, objects, lighting and products. My goal is to create something new and unseen, bringing a spark of joy to the world. I’m a colorist – I like to use bright shades and tints in my work. I believe we should have more courage to live with color.

The most important thing you’ve designed so far: I just launched my first collection, called Insectum, at Alcova in Milan during the Salone del Mobile. It is a collection of objects inspired by the anatomy of insects that celebrates their beauty. Global insect populations have declined by 41% since the 1970s, and this collection will serve as a reminder of their importance and bring new appreciation to the species.

Describe the problem your work solves: As an industrial designer, when I work on client projects, my creations must meet different criteria. It must be functional but also aesthetic as a means of longevity. In my own work, I enjoy experimenting with materials and production techniques, challenging 3D printers, and giving manufacturers a few gray hairs. I like to combine new techniques with traditional materials, just like my 3D printed pieces, which are associated with marble or brass. Applying color the right way lifts people’s spirits.

Describe the project you are currently working on: I just finished producing the six pieces of furniture for Insectum, which required a lot of manual work with different materials. Since I like to design glass, I am creating an extension of my collection of cocktail glasses and occupying my 3D printer. I need to work on several different projects at the same time so that I don’t feel stuck but constantly progressing.

A new or upcoming project we should know about: I designed an outdoor modular bench, called Spiral of Life, which won a competition organized by NYCxDESIGN and sponsored by Caesarstone. It’s set up on Old Fulton Street in Dumbo, just across from Shake Shack, so you can enjoy the view of the Brooklyn Bridge. I’m super excited about this project because I was able to design an outdoor sculpture that is also a place to sit and relax in New York for the general public. It’s a very important piece for me and it will be officially unveiled in July.

What you absolutely must have in your studio: An espresso machine and a Pilot HiTec point V5 pen.

What you do when you’re not working: I go to galleries and museums. New York has so many that it keeps one constantly inspired. I love to draw and take long bike rides to the beach. Always active.

Sources of creative desire: There are so many creative people I look up to, but Isamu Noguchi, Josef Hoffman, Olafur Eliasson, Ettore Sottsass, Enzo Mari and Zaha Hadid are some of my favourites.

The distraction you want to eliminate: Trying to do everything at once rather than learning to focus on one thing and be in the moment.

Concrete or marble? Marble.

High-rise building or townhouse? Townhouse. I don’t like elevators.

Remember or forget? Remember. It’s more positive.

Aliens or ghosts? Per my official US visa status, I’m an “alien extraordinaire” (lol) – so definitely aliens.

Dark or light? Light, especially the New York winter sun, which is the brightest.