2. Where are you based?
Right now, we do not have a physical office, but the team is in Kyiv and its region, they have been working from home since the first wave of COVID-19. This sanitary situation has given us flexibility and the ability to organize ourselves more efficiently.
With everything that is going on right now, not all of us can work from home. The war changed everything. We left Kyiv and moved to the central region of Ukraine.
3. How has the war affected your routines?
All our lives and business stopped at the same time due to the war. During the first month, we couldn’t work at all. Actually, we couldn’t think the way we did in our life before this. All our thoughts were exclusively about the war, we checked on the news day and night. Sometimes, it felt as if it wasn’t real, like a nightmare. Some of our friends have lost their homes, some were isolated with no communication or phone for days. I thank God that all my friends and relatives are alive. I remember the first morning, I woke up from the sound of explosions and couldn’t understand what was happening. There was no information on the news. The first hour was tremendously frightening.
Almost all our physical projects are currently on stand by as future is uncertain. Currently, we are working on two great projects that will launch very soon. Three months without work is really a lot for people like us, who are constantly thinking in new ways to create and raise design. All our priorities have changed: we value the small things such as spending time with our important people: friends and family, simply appreciating life.
4. How is the design community keeping up right now?
Ukrainian designers are designing furniture and temporary homes for settlers. Some work on houses for people who have lost their homes, others are creating memorials about the war. Some of my friends and colleagues are working on NFT collections, donating the money they earn to help people and others pitch journalists and media to speak out loud about our situation, making sure the world knows what our country is going through.
Many companies have shut down. A lot of my colleagues and friends who are still in Ukraine have lost their jobs, forcing them to move abroad. Many people are now volunteering. No one thought that a real war like the one we are living could happen. This has made us think in the architecture of our buildings, upgrading to more resistant and durable materials and even designing bunkers.