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Designer Profile
Russian designer Yaroslav Rassadin believes that design
is about far more than just problem solving...
Above: G19 is a giant lighting system composed of 19 lamps
DESIGNER: What IS youR caREER with a justification. Also I like Barber &
backGRouND aND hoW DID you fIRSt Osgerby, Nendo, Industrial Facility and others
bEcomE INtEREStED IN DESIGN? who have focused on smart and intelligent
RaSSaDIN: I don’t remember exactly, design.
because it was always with me. I had a I also try to find something special
grandfather who was a ‘master of the from the environment and incorporate it
tree’ - a carpenter by profession. One day, he into my projects, because I love to discover
brought me into the studio and showed me something new and unusual. As a Russian
how to do an axe and stool. It was probably designer, I also study Soviet aerospace design.
the first step and from that moment I started I have a plan to apply elements of it to all
to create. I was a really good craftsman. my projects in the future. It is surprisingly
After this I studied as an automotive interesting.
engineer and I was interested in not only
the technical process, but also style and the DESIGNER: Do you folloW a paRtIculaR
design process. DESIGN pRocESS oR IS Each pRojEct
Primarily, I wanted to be an automotive vERy DIffERENt?
designer, but then I came across the huge RaSSaDIN: I use a lot of my own technology
world of interior goods, and realised that there to make my designs, but each project is
are so many opportunities in this industry, so usually done differently, because I like to
yaRoSlav RaSSaDIN
now I make furniture, lighting and accessories. explore new methods.
Russian designer yaroslav Rassadin
I try to imagine the vague outcome of
graduated from the ul’janovskij
DESIGNER: Who oR What havE bEEN thE the project. Then I try to visualise the objects
Gosudarstvennyj tehniceskij university
bIGGESt INfluENcES oN youR caREER in their final destination (probably in the
in 2001. In 2004, he started working
So faR aND WhIch cuRRENt DESIGNERS shop) and what people’s reactions will be. It’s
in two moscow design studios,
INSpIRE you moSt? then about making into reality the form that
SmirnovDesignGroup and Designworks, as
RaSSaDIN: I’m a fan of Marc Newson and I feel most closely resembles my first idea for
an industrial designer and 3D visualiser.
Konstantin Grcic. I like simple functionality the design.
In 2006, together with architect
Sergey mozheyko, he founded the
manworksdesign bureau (mWD) where
he works as art Director. In 2006,
k-Whale by mWD was recognised as a
finalist in the Skin of corian competition
and in 2007 mWD won the Red Dot
Design concept award, for Sam – their
Left: olympic is an
extension lead based on
interpretation of the modern samovar.
the olympic medal podium
last year Rassadin set up his own
practice, yar Rassadin pD, but he also
continues to work with mWD.
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