Designer Profile: Vedran Brkich, Managing Partner and Chief Architect of AB-architects

Name: Vedran Brkich AB-architects

Company: AB-architects

Position within company: Managing partner, Chief architect

Website: ab-architects.ru

Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
Everyone is an architect in my family, so my career was predestined. Studied at Moscow Architectural Institute — MARKHI from 1998. If I had to choose my career again, I would still have chosen this profession. In any case, one is better off doing something that person really likes. Architecture is something I really like.

How would you describe your personal design style?
At our office we enjoy taking on different styles. It all depends on what our client wishes, and a
building or a house itself, as well as its location and looks. For instance, if we are working on an
apartment in the historical part of the city, we recommend classical interiors, yet fitted with
fashionable furniture, thus ending up with a sort of eclecticism. When a house we are working on
is of a modern design, we recommend a modern style. It is important, however, to preserve the
sense of harmony.

Where does your design inspiration come from?
Inspiration comes from things like travels and exhibitions. I spend a lot of time studying works of
various world-known architects and designers, and find things I like. I never copy details, but I
rather get the feel of the atmosphere. I also look for interesting details and ideal interior
combinations on Pinterest. Natural landscapes inspire me and help me pick exactly the right
color scale for what I do.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Design is going nowhere these days. There is a great number of styles, along with the
eclecticism of course. Distinguishable trends do not exist any longer. The only direction design is
driven towards is technology. All of design will be more and more entwined with high tech. Smart
homes, interactive walls, transformer furniture is what we will get for our interiors.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.
– Statement of Work;
– Location and Surroundings;
– Client Personal Preferences;
– Budget;
– Timeframe.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it
be? It is ultimately important to create an environment of coziness and comfort.
How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
Distinguishing things are important for boosting company image. They are an important part of
company public relations. Architectural design competitions are also important for architects and
designers themselves, as the scale of sharing experiences at such events is priceless.

What projects are you currently working on?
Today we are putting out for sale 2 large apartments in Austria, designing 2 apartments in
London, a house in Greece is also on sale from us. We are engaged in more than 6 projects in
Moscow, and we have recently completed the designs for 2 penthouses in Rostov-on-Don.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Continuous professional growth. This year we are focusing on public buildings architecture. This
is one of the areas we feel interested in developing. We are also on a constant quest for
perfecting quality and aesthetics of exteriors and interiors. Every year brings change to how we
perceive our living space. The idea keeps getting more refined, and yet perfection is always
something to pursue.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

Your most treasured possession? Reputation

Your favourite holiday destination? Mountains

Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? I never stay in the same hotel, I prefer designer
ones; restaurants- I like to try new things, there is no time for bars

Your favourite book, film & song? Movie – Midnight in Paris, Song – Beethoven – Moon
Sonata, Arch & Design books

Your favourite food and drink? Italian food and water

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? work work and nothing but work

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? I would work in the entertainment

AB-architects have been Shortlisted for Interior Design Scheme – Europe Award in The International Design & Architecture Awards 2020. 

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