ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

EXPLORING TIKO
PAKSA'S INSPIRATION

by Salome Jakeli

Architectural and airy pieces by Tiko Paksa have always been our big love. Her collections always showcase different forms and shapes with interesting geometric patterns, which reminded us of architectural sights and monuments. In our exclusive IERI video-interview Tiko took us on a journey of becoming a successful and independent designer, but today we asked her to share her vision and name her main sources of inspiration.

Where do you find inspiration?

Inspiration is everywhere — from the words of your favorite writer to the blooms and leaves on your morning walk. You just need to open your eyes and breathe it in. Every detail is important in what we can see or feel, everything has its own aesthetics and characteristic features. Architecture has always played a key role in our life, part of our culture, how we see the world.

Tiko Paksa SS19

Tell us about your favorite style of architecture

There are many architects whose aesthetics and approach to the world are interesting and influential for me. For example Le Corbusier with his modern architecture, a unique mix of modern “BOSCO VERTICALE” by Stefano Boeri, Tadao Ando’s minimalistic aesthetic in architecture, and breaking rules. And my all-time favorite and influential architect Zaha Hadid.

Le Corbusier

Tadao Ando

“BOSCO VERTICALE” Stefano Boeri

Tell us about your favorite style of architecture

There are many architects whose aesthetics and approach to the world are interesting and influential for me. For example Le Corbusier with his modern architecture, a unique mix of modern “BOSCO VERTICALE” by Stefano Boeri, Tadao Ando’s minimalistic aesthetic in architecture, and breaking rules. And my all-time favorite and influential architect Zaha Hadid.

Is there any architectural sight you would love to see with your own eyes?

I would like to see Zaha Hadid Architects’ Danjiang Bridge in Taiwan. The world’s longest single-mast, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge. The bridge seeks to minimize its visual impact by using a single concrete mast. Somehow, it creates simple harmony on earth in my imagination, the bridge goes in the future.

Danjiang Bridge in Taiwan — Zaha Hadid

How would you describe your perfect home?

My perfect home looks like Tbilisi. Its influence, strength, diversity, time passing dynamics are the bearers of a huge history. I think I could walk the streets of Tbilisi all day, every day and never get bored. Some sections of Tbilisi are lined with classical European facades, grand enough to rival any Parisian boulevard. The most important thing in Tbilisi, what I love about it, is the cozy atmosphere from the inside. If you go through inside you never forget the filling, smell or visual impact

What are your thoughts on the architectural culture of Tbilisi? Do you have your top-5 fav buildings in Tbilisi?

There are several buildings that I like in Tbilisi, in my opinion, one of the most interesting periods for city architecture is the Soviet period. Buildings that play an important role in the urban and architectural look of the city. One of my favorites is the Ministry of Transportation, one of the most well-known Soviet masterpieces of the capital, another one is Former editorial office of the Zarya Vostoka newspaper. Expo Georgia Area is one of my perfect destinations in the city. It used to exhibit industrial and agricultural achievements of the Soviet Republic.

Danjiang Bridge in Taiwan — Zaha Hadid

expo Georgia

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