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Kapitza X ZigZagZurich Q&A

Kapitza

Colourful geometric art studio Kapitza is run by sisters Nicole and Petra Kapitza who share a passion for colour, patterns, mathematics and nature. They have been working together for 15 years in their East London pattern and colour research and design studio.

The publication of Kapitza’s Geometric book in 2008 sparked a resurgence of geometric art in fashion, interiors and illustration, but the intelligence of their patterns and unique use of colour is unsurpassed.

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Take a look at this interview to find out more about their amazing work!

  • Who are you ?

We are Kapitza, a pattern and colour research and design studio in East London.

  • Where do you live?

We live and work in East London, the creative hub of London.

  • What do you do?

The studio conducts experimental research into geometric shapes and mathematic formulas as well as organic structures found in nature and mark making. We also create a myriad of colour palettes and limited colour schemes to explore the impact colour has in changing our artworks and the objects it is featured on. This ongoing research is the backbone of our design collaborations with global brands such as Comme des Garçons, Gucci, Clinique, and IKEA for which we create bespoke artworks, to be featured on limited edition product ranges.

  • Who & what inspires you?

London, art, museums, culture, street art, fashion, urban architecture (especially brutalism). Minimalism in art, design and architecture. Software and Mathematics.

  • What doesn’t inspire you?

Everything can be inspiring.

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  • What projects have you been recently working on?

We are currently collaborating with a range of global brands to create exclusive prints for limited edition products. We are also working on a new research project exploring limited colour palettes.

  • What projects in your lifetime have the most significance in both of your work?

Our three pattern art books Geometric, Organic and Geometric Two. These books are the result of the studio’s ongoing experimental research into geometric shapes and mathematic formulas as well as organic structures found in nature and mark making. Publishing our research in book form has given the studio an international profile and has opened up many opportunities to create exclusive art for global brands.

  • Where is design & art heading?

Art and design has to constantly re-invent itself with the advance of technology and popular culture / digital media. It's difficult to say where it is heading as the landscape seems to be changing faster and faster. It is exciting to be part of this process as we have to keep re-inventing ourselves and the studio research.

  • What’s wrong with design?

Nothing

  • Who do you think are the most influential artists & designers in recent years and which artists and designers have inspired you in your lifetime?

Bridget Riley, Victor Vasarely, Wim Crouwel, Karel Martens, John Maeda, Carmen Herrera, Cy Twombly, Gunta Stölzl, Anni Albers and many more.

  • What would be your best destination in the world?

Japan, Tibet, South America.

  • Stuck on a desert island, three things that you couldn’t be without?

Computer, printer, WIFI.

  • What is your favourite colour & why?

The rainbow. We love all colours, and our patterns typically contain 30+ colours, very often many variations of the same colour. This makes the design more alive and dynamic, which we just love.

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