FORMS studio – handcrafted accessories label founded in 2011 in Moscow – is the brainchild of a talented graduate of Moscow Architectural Institute (MARHI) – Anastasia Komarova. Anastasia’s background in architecture and interior design combined with a focus on tactile quality of things offers a fresh interdisciplinary approach resulting in unique pieces with just the right amount of texture and elegance. We wanted to find out more about Forms studio and about the person who is behind it…
YOU HAVE A BACKGROUND IN ARCHITECTURE. HOW DID YOU AS AN ARCHITECT FIND YOUR WAY INTO ACCESSORIES DESIGN?
All creatives dream of their initial ideas to become real products one day. In architecture, however, it is often the case that we work on projects that are either never realised or the concept changes so much along the way that the final work has only very little to do with the primary idea. Product design via Forms studio allowed me to transform my ideas into reality. It happened by a chance… One day I was searching for a bag for myself. I was looking for a piece, which combines craftsmanship, technology and the right proportions. Having realised how much time I spent trying to find the ideal bag, I decided to make one myself, and Forms studio was born!
IT MUST HAVE BEEN TRULY EXCITING TO DESIGN YOUR FIRST BAG! HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT IT?
It was a pure experiment at the beginning. Given my background in architecture my creative process followed the logic used in construction. I started making models from cardboard, analysing what kind of surface proportions will work well together. I’ve realised that since a bag unlike building is a design to be carried in hands, it would be great to add a specific sense of touch to it. Right at this time I was working on an architectural research about the French architect Le Corbusier. His philosophy and concept of modern life called “Plan Voisin” definitely inspired the first Forms studio bag as well.
TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS, HOW DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
It often happens while I am working on my architectural projects. Especially late at night when nobody disturbs me and the street is quiet – I love to work at night, it’s the best time for me to concentrate. My creative process always starts with an idea, a statement that affects me in one way or another. I find inspiration everywhere. Once the initial idea gets into my head and grows I do my research on it. My research then turns into various compositions, shapes or structures. First it appears as a cardboard model then wood, plaster and metal. At the very end the idea is formed and shaped in fine leather.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU IN GENERAL, HOW DO NEW IDEAS COME TO YOU?
Life itself inspires me a lot! I am trying to keep my eyes open all the time. Exploring different subjects helps me with developing new ideas and keeps my mind being perceptive of things around me.
WHAT TECHNOLOGY/TECHNIQUES DO YOU USE TO MAKE YOUR ACCESSORIES?
Our accessories are reflections of the fundamental things that architecture is based on. I strongly admire laconic manner and rhythm of the objects we are making. The whole process and its result is about finding the right form via architecture – through proportions, plasticity and surfaces. Forms studio combines traditional craftsmanship and modern technology. All patterns are hand-made, the ready-made surfaces are cut by machines and then sewed by artisans.
TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT YOUR CURRENT COLLECTION – TRANSFORMERS. WHERE DID THE IDEA ABOUT INTERCHANGEABLE COVERS COME FROM?
At the very beginning there was the idea to combine different bags in one. I wished to create a bag that is very simple and yet flexible in use. One bag that will always complement your daily routine – whatever might be on your agenda – all you need to do is to change the cover rather than the bag itself. For me the Transformers collection is about simple beauty, play and freedom of expression. Interchangeable magnetic covers allow you to switch the look of the bag as you like. Each bag also comes with a leather belt, which can be adjusted to make a shoulder or waist strap.
ANY FUTURE COLLECTIONS PLANS? WHAT WILL THE NEXT COLLECTION BE ABOUT?