Vadim Maltsev is a man of many talents, from being a top interior designer to an incredible product designer. He works with noble materials and his passionate about creating projects and objects from them. Most times, the renowned designer creates some special pieces for his customers that highlight their characters and the project. This unique touch is part of what makes Maltsev so popular and special, but also his complete focus on details that help his clients to feel the quality through the way of the art and unique design. CovetED brings you an exclusive conversation with the designer, enjoy!
For Vadim Maltsev, his life is his job. Even though he still values his personal time, Maltsev considered important to include your job in your life and that’s why he spends most of his free time looking for new experiences and inspiration that he need to take a fresh look to his designs. In today’s Russian Design Industry, Vadim Maltsev is a name to be reckoned with, but he recollects that this wasn’t always the case: “The most challenging time of my career happened when I decided to open my own studio. It was a time of high risks and all responsibility belonged to me. In our country, not everyone would open the studio because it’s complicated – our legislation doesn’t cover that field. I think I’m still fighting for the ability to show the unique design instead of mainstream and cheap fakes. In our country, for a long time, there was a Soviet Russian Design which means that everyone had the same style, and even the same chairs and tables made on one manufacture. It was called the standard. But nowadays everything has changed but people’s mind still lives in that epoch.”
That’s why one of Maltsev’s first goals in the design industry was to revive Russian design and show it all over the world because it has a significant history. While analyzing today’s Russia, Maltsev reflects that his country has a lot of young designers who can be competitive to western colleagues but they need help with a legislative system which they don’t have in Russia and this is one of his battles. Aside from creating beautiful places to make people live with happiness in their homes, the renowned Russian designer is also pushing for better and more efficient laws within the Russian Design Industry.
As a self-named perfectionist, Vadim Maltsev supervises all of his projects and pieces from scratch. His studio has a well-educated team in Design and he usually delegates projects to his staff, but he reiterated that all the projects that come in must be followed by him so he can be assured that is touch, style and name is well defended in the final result.
“I’m a perfectionist so I can never be fully satisfied. For example, I’m always worried before the presentation of a new project to my clients and this feeling keeps until the final day. I put so much attention to details like a doctor while surgery. And only after when it’s done I can breathe freely. But I’m always satisfied with the good job and smile on customer’s face”, explained the Russian designer.
Maltsev expects that in the near future the Design Industry will require a kind of virtuality, mobility, modernity, and functionalism that only machines can provide. Eco-friendly technologies will come to new levels and they would be affordable for everyone. He hopes that pretty soon every house will have an eco-friendly technology that also follows the minimalist trend!
“The trend of the future is a timeless interior filled with collectables. A minimalist and simple space should be functional along with the overall design”, enhanced Vadim Maltsev.
If we are talking about living space, the Russian designer defends that high ceilings and natural light will continue to grow as a top design trend, as well as personalization and a more valuable individual approach. If a person is mobile, emotional, the interior should be the same, after all, the variety of visual images from all over the world is reflected in the interior design. “You should never let trends suppress individuality.”
However, despite the advances in Technology, Maltsev considers important not to forget about the value of Craftsmanship. In some of his furniture pieces, he uses ancient techniques that he believes value the piece. the renowned designer recalls his partnership with Lison De Caunes, a French professional in the marquetry world that collaborated with Maltsev in the creation of a stunning and unique wood piece for his furniture collection.
For Vadim Maltsev, a handmade item always has the right energy and gives the space a fullness and a certain spirit. “When you enter a flea market, antique shop, you always feel the mystery. So the same is here. The object which has created by hand is extraordinary, masterful, unique.” The interior has life and atmosphere, and Maltsev believes in it.
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