Javad Eiraji`s Exclusive Talk with Russian-Italian Architect - Designer NATALIA ORCA

A Gap between the Past and the Future

Due to TraMod TALK series, this week we will have a short interview with Russian-Italian designer NATALIA ORCA. Milan-Based architect and interior designer owns DiSIGMA and ORCA DESIGN offices and her research area contains on how space, colors and orientation can affect user`s mental and physical state. Natalia is interested in studying cultures and combination of tradition and modernity in her designs

Javad Eiraji: What do architects/designers pay attention to in today`s interior designs

Natalia Orca: In my opinion, we are living in a period when design and architecture must reach a new level of development after a long stagnation during a pandemic and crisis. Architecture and design can no longer remain in the form in which they exist today, at the time when the digital world is coming to the fore, big focus on sustainable materials that preserve nature, humanity prefers robotics, smart homes and a healthy lifestyle. I see a gap between the past and the future. This is what modern designers and architects should pay attention to

Javad Eiraji: What is the meaning of the identity in your idea? How an interior designer show identity in his/her can projects

Natalia Orca: I think to understand identity in projects, first of all you need to understand exactly what you want to convey to your viewer or client. What does design mean? Arrange furniture harmoniously? Or is it interesting to divide geometry into space in architecture? My answer is no. Design is the creation of a new scenario for a person's life, and the designer writes it with the help of form and space, bringing his own character, values and ideas into it. This is the identity of the designer

Javad Eiraji: What is the main discipline in your design process generally? Which factors do play the main roles

Natalia Orca: It is important for me to catch inspiration, or the right frequency of vibration to create an idea. I believe in the power of the subconscious mind and sometimes practice going from beta to alpha to create something interesting

Javad Eiraji: TraMod academy focuses on a combination of tradition and modernity in architecture and interior design. How important can this way of design thinking be in interior design of your projects

Natalia Orca: Every tradition has hidden precious knowledge that we may not know about. Starting to study this knowledge more deeply, we understand how wise our ancestors were, and how much sense in the form of any architectural heritage. Tradition and culture are the foundation on which we can impose modernity. This is exactly what I faced when I started studying vastu-geobiology with the dr.Prabhat Poddar from Auroville, India. He opened to me a whole new world of form and space and how it all interacts with a human. One of our TraMod projects is a living space that reflects the identity of 3 countries: Russia, Kuwait and the Dominican Republic and is presented in a modern form. The main distinguishing feature of ancient Russia was the stove in the center of the living room, which heated the whole house and numerous ornaments, which determined the rich status of the owner. In a modern interpretation, this has become a fireplace with a modern pattern. Kuwait is distinguished by its modernity, fluid forms, and decor. These moments are also clearly shown throughout the project. The Dominican Republic is manifested through open space and soft colors

Javad Eiraji: And as the last question, How can an interior design show a culture? And what is the relationship between culture and tradition

Natalia Orca: Each culture has its own identity, which can be both explicitly and indirectly manifested in a particular design. Most often, we borrow shapes, colors and materials to create a cultural interior. Turning to tradition, we borrow storylines to create functional interior features. This is a really interesting thing and sometimes a completely new and unique design can be born


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