Interview with KLAUDIA ADAMIAK
In todays post I had the privilege of doing an interview with the talented Klaudia Adamiak.
She is a CGI Architect based in Poland that makes the most stunning interior images. A few months ago I found her work on instagram and instantly fell in love with it. It is a perfect example of the Moodier Sleek Modernist style I wrote about earlier HERE.
I am so excited to share this interview with you.
So lets get right into it shall we?
Tell us about yourself & your journey
I’m a CGI architect, specialized in creating architectural visualizations and interior concepts. In essence, this comes down to producing photorealistic images and designing spaces to help my clients sell their products.
Ranging from fellow architects and developers to furniture manufacturers, I work with clients from all over the world. One of the more recent projects that I finished was the West Village Townhouse in New York for Noa Santos, who you might know as the former CEO of Homepolish (his company now goes by the name of Join Freddie). If you’re interested, the whole project can be found on my Behance. I showcase a lot of my work there.
Tell us about your journey with Architecture & 3D Design
From a young age, I was really into photography. I always enjoyed playing around with light, shadows, objects and compositions. When the final result would look somewhat like the pictures I had in my head, I really got a thrill out of it.
However, at some point this just didn’t cut it for me anymore. I started craving more and struggled with not being able to deliver images as beautiful as I had imagined them. I realized that I often found myself dealing with circumstances that were beyond my control, like a lack of space or furniture, bad weather, not enough time or funds, you name it. And this is when a whole new world opened up to me. It all just instantly clicked as I was introduced to CGI.
So, what made me fall in love with it so hard? Well, that’s quite simple. With CGI, I get to pull the strings. Everything is up to me (or the client, haha) and my skills. Whereas with photography there are some limits to take into account, CGI enables me to fully express myself and carry out the ideas I have in my head without any limitations. I can take care of every detail, no matter how big or small. The possibilities are endless and this is what makes my work so incredibly interesting and satisfying. If you can imagine it, basically anything is possible with CGI. The downside of this is that I always see room for improvement, which ironically makes it even more challenging and exciting. It never ends.
How did your interest for design start?
My grandma was a painter, it was one of her biggest passions. She had always been an artsy person and I am beyond proud to say that I have it after her. There wasn’t anything she couldn’t do or design. From clothing to furniture, she did all of it. She really had a huge impact on me. As a person, but also as a CGI artist. I’m very grateful for that.
Overall, my family has always stimulated me to find not one, but multiple ways to solve things, to embrace experiences, stay motivated and most of all, stay curious.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I find inspiration in a wide variety of things and places, to be honest. Ranging from great architects/designers like Axel Vervoordt and John Pawson to the people that I get to work with and the places I travel to. The latter is something that is currently not really happening, of course (COVID-19 ruined this for all of us), but usually when I return home after a trip, I get back to work with a fresh mind full of energy and inspiration. And then it might just happen that I start working on a (personal) project which may end up including some typical local characteristics of the place that I just visited, haha. I find that traveling can really open you up to new perspectives and ideas. So, I would say that this is actually a huge source of inspiration for me.
What are some things that are important in your creative process?
I value getting connected to my projects, I want to be able to ‘feel’ it. However, sometimes it happens that I’m working on something that I’m unfortunately not truly passionate about. Luckily, there is always a way for me to make it more interesting. I admire anything visually pleasing to the eye and I believe there is beauty in practically everything. So, whenever this is the case, I just try to find the beauty in the project I’m working on, putting all of my energy and focus there and aiming for the best result possible. In the end, it all comes from a great passion for architecture and photography, which helps me reach the goals I envisioned.
I have been told I have a keen eye for detail, and I think this is what puts the cherry on top in all of my work. Details are beyond important to me. For me, they can really make or break a design and the vibe of an image. If you look at my work really closely, you might just see. Sometimes I can even spend up to 4 hours straight working on some irrelevant details and then only those who truly pay attention will be able to notice.
What makes you come alive?
I find it quite a struggle to sit still. I have this innate need that I always want to feel like I’m going somewhere. That I’m learning and developing. So, basically anything that teaches me something gives me energy. Traveling could be an example of that, because, like I said before, travelling really opens me up to new perspectives and ideas. I love visiting inspiring places that are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, may it be a big city or somewhere in the midst of nature.
But it could be practically anything, actually. From discovering new places to learning new things about architecture and finding illuminating new ideas for my work as a CGI artist. And it doesn’t end with CGI or architecture, I’m quite open minded when it comes to what the future holds for me. I guess it all traces back to how I was raised. Always stay curious and live without any limitations.
Your 3 Favorite Brands & why?
When I first got into architecture, I discovered Norm Architects, a Scandinavian design collective. Their work perfectly captures the importance of timeless simplicity, something that immediately appealed to me. Their design is very simplistic, all the while being very functional and yet really stunning. And the way they combine materials is great. I truly love their style.
The second brand I would like to talk about is Arket, which is a clothing brand. I first discovered them walking down the streets of Amsterdam. Like Norm Architects, their collection includes minimalistic, timeless pieces. The look and feel of their products is also quite similar. Simple, functional and simultaneously very beautiful. Great if you want to invest in a wardrobe that will always remain relevant and lasting.
Thirdly, I would say Studio Oliver Gustav. I believe they’re located in Copenhagen. What I love about them is that their work is a bit darker, a bit moodier. The same minimalism that the other two brands that I mentioned before have, but a bit more raw and edgier. They incorporate really interesting contrasts between modern and antique pieces, creating some sort of a tension in their design. I find this really intriguing. And yet everything looks well balanced and just simply stunning. They also have a very nice homeware collection. The pricing of their products, for real quality design at least, is quite affordable. I’d definitely recommend having a look!
Your Favorite Instagram Accounts & why?
I’ve been in love with their style for quite some time now. They post amazing content, proving that simplicity is really at the core of beauty. They’re an absolute inspiration to me, not only when it comes to photography, but also when it comes to business and love.
She’s an incredible architect. Her aesthetic is beyond marvelous. It’s always exciting for me whenever she’s posting about her new projects or furniture. I’m absolutely amazed by her Martina Desk made from burl wood. Have you seen it? Such an incredible piece. She’s actually on the top of the list of architects that I would love to work with.
For my daily dose of inspiration. I would suggest that anyone that loves architecture should go and follow them. The owner of this page is an architect himself, he’s really passionate and it shows in his posts. His content never fails to give me those warm, summer-y vibes to brighten up my days. Especially during a time like this, I like to daydream and this page is definitely my go-to place to get me started.
How would you describe your style?
I am a firm believer of the notion ‘less is more’. As John Pawson once beautifully put,
“minimalism is not defined by what is not there, but by the rightness of what is, and the richness with which this is experienced”.
I couldn’t agree more. For me, it is all in the details and the combination of the right things. I love a neutral, well thought out color palette and I can really obsess over well crafted furniture. A qualitative, sophisticated look and feel is what appeals to me most.
The perfect example, for me at least, would be the work of Axel Vervoordt. He always knows how to find a perfect balance between color, materials and composition. If you’re ever near Antwerp, I would highly recommend visiting Kanaal, his very inspiring art gallery. And actually it is so much more than just an art gallery, so, really, just visit and see for yourself!
Fun Fact about You?
As a kid, I envisioned myself working in the medical world later on in life. But as you know, things all turned out a little different, haha. It’s funny when I look back on that. I couldn’t imagine myself working as a medical professional right now. I really am where I want to be and I feel very content about it. This is the right fit for me.
If you were an Interior Decor item or a piece of Furniture, what would you be & why?
Hmm, it is hard for me to imagine myself as a piece of furniture, haha. I can’t really relate to that. However, I would love to share with you this piece that I really adore. It’s the Menu Tailor sofa by Portuguese designer Rui Alves. The mixture of materials for this design is amazing. I like how the whole design of the sofa looks rather unconventional and I absolutely love the wood that he used.
What are you Dreaming about for the Future?
I have some challenging, but really exciting goals for the next few years. Some projects are already in the middle of the process, some I just started working on. If you keep an eye on my Instagram, you might soon get a taste of what I have in store for the future.
Last Question, where can people find your work?
That’s all for today. I hope you enjoyed our interview with Klaudia Adamiak.
Until Next time,
(goodbye in Swedish)
Josefine from Scandinavian Style House