Ia Kutateladze is from Tbilisi, Georgia, studied product and interior design in Florence, Italy, graduating in 2010. Since 2012, been working independently on products, creating furniture, lighting and other functional objects. In 2016, moved to Berlin, where she lives and works since then. From 2019, has opened her own studio where she works on different materials, creating functional and non-functional, explorative objects.
The greatest inspiration is the material explorations and the creative processes itself. Very much interested in trying to understand myself and other humans psychologically in a deeper level, finding the hidden links between my personality and the creative process and then the finished piece. I cannot say that I have influences from specific design or art movement. Inspiration could come from anything, the tiniest details of everyday life, to some specific textural, structural combinations that I find in nature or even around the cities. It is a mixture of all the small observations and experiences that I live through and some invisible links that are reinterpreted in my mind, which then flows out naturally.
My creative process is very intimate, intuitive and spontaneous. I really like to experiment and play around, not having a specific plan. Exploring different materials, my personal psychological-emotional states in specific moments of creation, and how those emotions could be reinterpreted into physical objects. It is almost like a meditation, using physical surfaces and intuition to transform and revision the materials. I listen to them, let them communicate with me, let them express their natural properties in a playful way and from this communication, I start interacting with it, trying out different things. It is a very dynamic process. There are also times, when I do plan what I would like to make, make a lot of sketches, with aim or aimlessly and when the time comes, I go back to them, sometimes picking some details from various things that I have sketched long time ago. Starting from one element and then intuitively taking from there, having no idea what the end result will be. I live for that playful excitement of not knowing how the result will be, but knowing that you are going to surprise yourself. The process is the end result.