Sergey Makhno Architects
September 16, 2019
A workshop of Ukrainian design and architecture Sergey Makhno Architects in collaboration with a couture design studio Kofta has created a collection of furniture and accessories OBITOVANA 5019. This project has become their eco-manifesto and contemplation about what our future can be like.
Today is the year of 5019.
Today a new land has appeared.
The rave of the herb colors blended with the gradients of mint-tarragon trees against the pinkish sand. A life-giving flood of the daylight and pure hearts has spilled over a tired planet.
OBITOVANA 5019 is a space without walls and ceilings, without fences and borders. Here there are no rules and obligations. Everyone is familiar with each other — there are no strangers under the same sky. The whole world here is home.
The words “war”, “mobile phone”, “internet” have become archaisms, they are no longer remembered. If you talk — then face to face only, if you eat — then together and slowly. To fight — but for what? People are fine with what they already have. Here, a human starts anew shaping another reality out from harmony and freedom, while the world nurtures a pure-to-the-bones human — the real one.
OBITOVANA 5019 collection is an effort to tell the present its future. It is the world that we have started to create today.
“Collaboration with Kofta is an attempt to taste the postfuturism. We are telling the story about the mode of life after the future. OBITOVANA 5019 is our dream to be part of building the world we want to have, not the one we are predicted”, — shares Sergey Makhno, the architect and founder of Sergey Makhno Architects.
The collection consists of a table without a tabletop, a cold floor lamp and a warm one, a sofa-shell, a carpet-puzzle, and two flourishing bags-flowers. Every item is made in a single copy only. And every item has its own story. The names of the products are the names of butterflies that have gone extinct, rivers that have dried away, glaciers that have melted, islands that are drowning, and flowers that will never bloom again. In a new world, they will be alive again.
“Changes dictate their rules. Today, nobody follows the function anymore. It has become an unconditional necessity. Today, people follow aesthetics — the main driver for change. It is tomorrow already when the things around will become the harmony a modern human lacks. Tomorrow there will be no future, but us — new ones, filled with light, surrounded by a perfectly balanced space”, — tells Konstantin Kofta, the chief designer of futuristic leather manufacture.
Sergey Makhno Architects is a workshop of contemporary Ukrainian design and architecture that during 16 years of work has completed nearly 600 projects in 17 countries. The company works in three directions: interior design, architecture, and product design. Also, it has its own ceramic production. The studio promotes the style of “Ukrainian contemporary” that combines minimalism, art, Ukrainian traditions, and the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi.
Kofta is an independent couture studio specializing in the art of leathercraft using 3-D futuristic technologies. As a result, there are accessories created at the intersection of art and applied science, familiar and imaginary at the same time. Since 2010, the studio has been creating unique projects that get numerous awards at the international competitions of art and fashion.
Today is the year of 2019.
Today a new land has started to emerge.
Author — Tetiana Vakula, Lina Kulyk
Photos — Aleksei Gots