Alla Akimova is the founder of ARCHIVES id, a New York based studio of architecture, interior design, and graphic design.
Early in Alla’s career she worked not only as a designer but also as a project manager, giving her real world experience in the practical aspects of how projects get built. In addition to her strengths in space planning and design she has extensive experience in furnishing the homes of diverse clientele in the New York area
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What was your journey until the interior designer you are today?
I started with studying Architecture in Siberia’s largest city – Novosibirsk, I came to New York when I was 19 years old and received an Interior Design degree at FIT. I always knew what I wanted to be. While I was in school, I was the only designer on an extensive renovation of a brownstone. By the time I finished school I had already completed about 10 projects in New York.
2. Can you describe yourself in 2 words? And your work?
This is easy :
My work – Light and Texture
Myself – Interior Designer and a Mother of the wonderful 2year old son – those are the two things I am defined by
3. What’s your favorite step of the design process?
When I catch the vibe of the project – I will do a hand sketch, later after the project is complete it’s a great satisfaction to see the sketch – reflecting reality. I also love being on the construction job site and to see how your vision is being “carved”. I love to feel in control of the project, a lot of times we are retained to do the architectural part, those are the best projects!
4. Where do you get your inspiration? What amazes you in your everyday life?
A lot’s of it is coming from New York City – it has everything, you just need to open-up and be receptive. Also from the road trips we take around the world. No matter where we go we take a car and drive between the stops, no pictures can replace the real experience.
5. Can you describe your style, how has that style developed over the years?
Structured but Romantic. Growing up I was greatly inspired by the modernist architecture of Mies van der Rohe and Alvar Aalto. I love symmetry and balance, continues lines and layers of textures, I love to play with light, love to bring a touch of mystery. I guess it’s coming from my origin, I like the space to evoke emotion.
6. In your opinion, what makes a product unique?
When it has a real concept and a thought behind it – it can’t be faked
7. Regarding the future, what frightens you as an artist?
If I ever will have to move out of New York, can’t imagine a better city to do what I do.
Alla continues to expand her practice by enriching her sources of inspiration. Her 2,500 sf office and rooftop in Midtown Manhattan serves as exhibit and gallery space for local artists. She is also an avid traveler and a student of world cultures.
The rich artistic influences of the City, the diversity of its people, and the cultural expressions of the world give rise to fresh ideas, motifs, and concepts that inform Alla’s work.