ADDRESS Interview with Sasha Burchuk of New Age Design Studio.
Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. New Age Design Studio is an interdisciplinary studio that explores the metaphysical nature of objects and their potential to enhance life and environment. Materials are selected, and sometimes invented, for their unique characteristics and ability to delight and surprise.
Describe your creative process. I never finish designing a piece before I start building it. I voraciously consume media and archive it. I travel as much as possible and always bring a sketchbook and look for details that will inform my next piece, whether it’s a tree trunk, a rock, or a traditional architectural detail. My favorite creative concepts have come to me when I’m asleep and dreaming.
Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? Creativity is a process that ebbs and flows, and I find that I am rarely ever completely blocked just as I am rarely ever completely overflowing with ideas. When I feel uncertain about how something I want to create is supposed to look or feel I work with clay. The immediacy of being able to create shapes and juxtapose them is liberating and informative, and since ceramics are not my medium I can let go of my perfectionist tendencies and just work in the spirit of creativity.
What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? Enjoy every little victory you achieve but stay humble and be nice to people. You don’t make it “on your own” – you make it together with other members of your community encouraging you, assisting you, and even teaching you. Don’t let your lust for where you want to be one day overshadow your gratitude for where you are now, even if you haven’t started yet.
What’s your dream project? I would love to do an entire bathroom in gemstone terrazzo – floor tiles, counters, shower surround, and tiled walls.
What design trends are you excited about? Chunky furniture, and the revival of Postmodern design and 1980s deco.