Studio A Space has presented a new collection of Barbican, named after the famous architectural monument of brutalism – a residential complex in London. The founders of the studio, Anna Aristova and Roza Ghazaryan, lived there for the last year and were inspired to create a series of mirrors, lamps and tables. Items are made in several techniques that designers have mastered during their travels around the world. Anna Aristova literally “sculpted” objects from the materials available to them during the lockdown – these were boxes, food containers and plaster ordered online.
The previous works of A Space studio (founded in 2016) are remembered for bright geometric tables made of volcanic stone: they were inspired by the architecture of the ancient monasteries of Armenia, where they were produced. The idea for the current collection came during the pandemic – the designers moved from New York to London in May 2020, and conceived the new series as a tribute to this special place that they have long admired.
“Originally, we had a completely different vision for the 2020 collection. However, as events unfolded unexpectedly, it became clear that the project could not be realized: we could not travel, and supplier stores and production shops were mostly closed. Therefore, we have revised the meaning of luxury in the current collection.
Instead of marble, we turned to cardboard, packaging materials, styrofoam, food containers, and scraps of wood and metal. It has become a philosophical position in which luxury consists of the time, feelings and thoughts put into the product, and those unexpected ways that the material created in the handmade process reacts and shapes both the process itself and the design. We were also interested in creating a more sustainable collection: all the factors came together in the right place at the right time,” the designers say.