The Russian Olga Engel is a successful product and interior designer. In her projects she seamlessly combines luxury, minimalism, functionality and ergonomics, each with a light atmosphere and a touch of irony. She complements her interior projects with her own product designs.
In her collections you will always find a personal story with a unique look and charm for each object and the space in which it is located. Proportions and harmony, quality and philosophy receive special attention from Engel. As the designer herself says: “I put a sign of equality between the words ‘beauty’ and ‘harmony’. An object can only be beautiful if it was filled with content and expresses a strong idea or an emotion.”
After a trip to Italy in Puglia, Olga Engel had fallen in love with ceramics work. But instead of making sculptures, she decided to make large pieces that consist of multiple small pieces of ceramics. In Russia, Engel approached a porcelain processor with whom she entered into a collaboration to bring this special material to the attention of the public. This resulted in mirrors and lighting, such as the porcelain floor lamp 'Yeti', which she designed for the Armel Soyer gallery and is made entirely of porcelain pearls. The lamp has not stolen its name.
The ‘Zéphyr’ mirror was also created in this way and is one of the designs for the gallery. The piece consists of 750 porcelain beads. Although they seem to have been placed randomly, these pearls have been carefully arranged and they draw a harmonious shape that is reminiscent of a number of Russian hairstyles. For Armel Soyer she also designed the armchair 'Who are you', which is available in three different variations.
The Russian product and interior designer Olga Engel makes small pieces of porcelain into one whole.
Engel graduated from the Moscow Textile Academy, which is one of the best design universities in Russia. After that, she focused on graphic design and packaging design for cosmetic products. In 2010 Engel decided to graduate as an interior designer from the Moscow Design School 'Details'. She continued her studies at the KLC School of Design in London. Engel did an internship with the well-known British designer Mark Humphry, where she gained experience as a product designer and history was written.