Russian-based Maria Yasko is able to combine in her work all of the ingredients that make for an exceptional interior designer: breathtaking design, creativity, effortless style, and originality. Inherently inspired by nature, Yasko aims to bring the magic of the outside world into people’s homes — often resulting in playful and colorful designs. In other words, this never-satisfied and hard-working craftswoman is able to transform banal furniture as the centerpiece to any room. While language barriers might have prevented Maria from detailing her work with precision, we have no doubt that the pictures included in the article will be enough to convince you that this BR!NKer needs to bring her designs to this part of the world.
Your designs are very playful and filled with bright colors. How do you get your inspiration for them?
Two years ago, I had a little niece and I became very fond of her, though, before this, I didn’t feel very tender toward children. And also, I was very influenced by a friend who once said that nature is boundlessly beautiful, and very important. Since then, I draw ideas for children and nature, which is probably why the project became so cute. (Although, I myself strangely like hard design and sharp angles!)
Who is your typical customer? That is, who do you design for?
My clients are not ordinary people. They are all very different and at the same time, we are all united by one goal: to see between each other something beautiful. In Russia, modern, simple design is not so popular – so we are a minority, but this – in itself – has its own charm.
Tell me about your background. Did you always want to do interior design, and how did you start?
Even in school, I was focused on the idea to do interiors. Then I went to college in this specialty, and then at the University. Now I’m more interested in the field of industrial and furniture design. But that’s not a problem. The main thing is to do what you love and find pleasure in it.
You seem to enjoy creating fantasy worlds. How do you come up with ideas for your pieces?
You are right. It seems to me that a sofa should not be a classic sofa, and a bookcase or cabinet is not necessarily meant to be rectangular. To me, everything has to be a little upside-down, but still keep a balance. When I start making new interiors, I don’t use standard furniture. I try to make it as if the space itself was interesting without the presence of furniture, which can be added at the end, as an accent – but mostly there is always space.
Nature seems to play an important part in the patterns you choose. Why is that?
As I said above, nature is an integral part of our lives. In addition, it is indescribably beautiful; it’s simply not possible not to take a piece of it into my projects.
What is the design you are the proudest of, and what is the story behind it?
Oooooh, I cannot be proud of myself; I have a pretty critical attitude towards my work. But I very much hope that my best projects are yet to come.
How can Daily BR!NK readers contribute to your success?
I am very grateful to all of you for this interview. When answering questions like these, you must start thinking about yourself and what you personally think that the answers are. Sometimes, life gets the best of you and you don’t have time to reflect on those things.