With projects like the Spiral of Life bench, which took center stage in NYCxDesign’s latest ImpactxDesign program, or her 3D-printed Ether Vase, New York-based product designer Kickie Chudikova is all about color, playful forms and new production methods. Since 2020, she’s developed her own lines of furnishings and objets, as well as accessories for the MoMA Design Store and a recent lighting collection with Gantri. Here, she talks to Luxe about creating holistic and responsible—yet aesthetically rich—pieces.
In what ways does the idea of creating innovative solutions influence your style? Using on-demand manufacturing processes such as 3D printing allows you to quickly iterate ideas without producing extra waste. We can create more challenging shapes without using expensive molds, which ultimately leads to more freedom in creation.
How does your goal to have a positive effect on people and the environment translate into your practice? Creating a unique object that uplifts people’s spirits and has a minimal impact on our environment is crucial to the future of design. I like to use color in my work to trigger an emotional connection, but also soft, playful shapes that please the eye.