Creative nation: Ukrainian home-decor brand, NOOM, shone at Milan Design Week with art-inspired pieces
Ukraine put its best foot forward at this year's Milan Design Week, presenting seven of the best and brightest talents from within the Ukrainian creative circle. Employing various techniques and materials, all participating brands from the country highlighted the work of its thriving design community.
On display was home-decor brand, NOOM. Still in its infancy, NOOM was founded in 2017 by industrial designer Kateryna Sokolova and designer-entrepreneur Arkady Vartanov. The studio produces limited-edition lighting, objets d'art and home accessories, made at the brand's workshop in Ukraine.During the Milan event, NOOM presented its Suprematic collection of vases and lamps, inspired by the geometric detailing of the Russian Suprematism art movement, which began in the early 20th century. Sokolova drew inspiration from the movement's principles and its founder Kazimir Malevich, using basic geometric forms – circles, squares, lines and rectangles. The geometric structure of the pieces lends them added functionality, so they can be dividers as well as holders. Also on display was the EL collection of lamps, named after El Lissitzky, a notable early 20th-century Russian painter.
The studio employs a chemical specialist to work with oxidation and patina techniques to create new effects and colours
The studio combines its art-centric approach with an experimental use of traditional manufacturing techniques. With the majority of NOOM's products made from metal, the studio employs a chemical specialist to work with oxidation and patina techniques to create new effects and colours using burned steel, hammered brass, and oxidised copper.