Levan Lominashvili Interview
Levan Lominashvili is an architect and designer with a unique sense of design. His products are artfully created and visually dynamic. Lominashvili is the Founder of XYZ Integrated Architecture, a well-established firm in the country of Georgia.
Who are you?
My name is Levan Lominashvili: designer and architect, founder and art director of XYZ Integrated Architecture
What do you do?
I graduated in architecture. Now I work in a product design field and construction.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Georgia, which was a periphery of the Soviet empire back then. I have to tell you that working in the design field is the most unlikely activity one would embark on in Tbilisi. Hence there was no real reason that would have prompted me to work on design, but nonetheless, here I am.
When did you take your first risk in life?
On the fringe of XIX and XX centuries, professional wrestlers fought in circuses. As the system was often rigged by the bookies, many times weaker wrestlers prevailed over the stronger ones. In this situation no one knew the real strength of the wrestlers and to find out the truth they started to gather in one of the barrelhouses in Hamburg.
They locked the door to strangers and wrestled for real. This phenomenon of truth-finding is called Hamburg Account. So, two years ago I took a risk and started submitting my works thus rendering myself to the evaluation system of The Hamburg Account. Now I know that I am wrestling.
Why have you persisted with the path you are on currently?
For me, design has a form of immortality. Your artifacts give you a chance to continue participating in the cultural selection, which may well transcend your lifespan.
Who is someone you would love to work but cannot?
The persons I would like to work with but cannot: Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi, Umberto Boccioni, and Giacomo Balla.
What are you working on now?
Now I am working on tables and consoles, where I am trying to revise meanings of these products. I am also working on new eyewear.
Who are a few people in your field that have influenced you?
Generally artists not only try not to talk about the influence they underwent, but also they try to hide it. So one of my professional goals is to be different from others.
Though I can reveal several artists whose works make special impression on me and they are Oki Sato, Shiro Kuramata, Ora Ito, Ingo Maurer, Andree Putman, Mark Newson, and Eileen Gray.
What do you think is your biggest success so far?
Success is conditional. Successful can definitely be called Karim Rashid, who manufactures more than three thousand products. I would also evoke Elin Grey, all her works have museum value.
I see Philippe Starck as a successful designer, who is a favorite of critics and publishers. In this context it is clear that I cannot talk about myself as a successful designer.