Ukrainian design in faces: the quintessence of talent and recognition

Ukrainian design is developing at a rapid pace and occupies a confident place on the world stage. Red Dot Award, The Restaurant & Bar Design Award, ELLE Decor International Design Award - more and more Ukrainian creative agencies and architectural bureaus take home honorary awards and world grants, win international tenders and popularize Ukrainian design outside the country. Who are they - the most titled and brilliant designers and architects of Ukraine? YourFoRest has prepared for you a short list of the most recognizable names of Ukrainian interior and product design.


Balbek Bureau

Balbek Bureau was founded 12 years ago in Kiev by Slava Balbek. “Architecture has chosen me unambiguously,” says Slava about choosing the profession. And the architecture was not mistaken - now the Balbek Bureau is one of the most titled Ukrainian bureaus. In their arsenal - Elle Decoration International Design Awards Ukraine 2019 - Interior Designer Of The Year; 17th International Design Media Award 2019 - Winners Annual Office Space; East Centric Architect Awards 2019 - Shortlisted; Archmarathon Milano 2018 - Nominated Interior Design; IIDA Global Excellence Awards 2018 - Category Winner; The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2018 - Shortlisted; IIDA Global Excellence Awards 2017 - Category Winner; The Restaurants & Bar Design Awards 2017 - Shortlisted; IIDA Global Excellence Awards 2015 - Category Winner; The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2015 - Shortlisted; IIDA Global Excellence Awards 2011 - Global Excellence Awards Honorable Mention Winner.  www.balbek.com 

City space 4City, Odessa 2017

Bursa Hotel, Kyiv 2018


Sergey Makhno

Sergey Makhno is one of the most recognizable Ukrainian designers, whose creative style has taken shape in a distinctive interior and object style. Since 2003, the studio has completed over 600 projects in 21 countries around the world and has earned many honorary awards. Among the main ones: International Property Award - Best Interior Design Apartment; RED DOT AWARD 2017 - Best of the Best; RED DOT AWARD 2017 - Honorable Mention; SBID The Society of British and International; INTERIORGODA - Grand Prix; ART SPACE - Modern interior of the house; INDUSTART - Decor in the interior; Ukrainian Design THE VERY BEST OF - Environmental Design; INTERIOR OF THE YEAR 2015 - Interior Of The Public Area; COMFORY HOUSE - Best Design Project; Architecture MasterPrize 2018; Restaurant & Bar Design; Consumer choice 2018; IDA Design Award.  mahno.com.ua

Apartment Wabi Sabi, Kyiv 2017

Underground bunker house "Plan B", Concept, 2020


Pavlo Vetrov

Pavlo Vetrov is a young, bright and ambitious product designer. The list of his awards is so impressive that it deserves a separate article. This year, Pavlo's design chair took the Red Dot again, and we want to recall the main awards of the talented Ukrainian: RED DOT AWARD 2020, 2019, дважды в 2016, 2015; GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2020; BEST MEBEL UA 2019, 2018, 2017; DESIGN AND DESIGN INTERNATIONAL AWARD 2019, 2018, 2016; BOUN FURNITURE DESIGN AWARD 2018; PIANCA DESIGN AWARD 2018; GERMAN DESIGN AWARD 2018; UKRAINIAN DESIGN: THE VERY BEST OF 2017, 2015; NM HOUSE MAGAZINE AWARD 2017; PROTOTYP PRODUCT DESIGN AWARD 2017; DESIGN AND DESIGN INTERNATIONAL AWARD 2017; PINWIN AWARD 2016; NM HOUSE MAGAZINE AWARD 2015; DESIGN DEBUT AWARD 2015; PINWIN AWARD 2015; INDUSTART INTERNATIONAL AWARD 2015; TOP DESIGN SELECTION INTERNATIONAL AWARD 2015; – DESIGN AND DESIGN INTERNATIONAL AWARD 2015 & many others. Фото с сайта pavelvetrov.com

Wox Chair, 2020
Ollly Desck, 2015


Yuriy Ryntovt

Yuriy Ryntovt, the founder of the studio "Ryntovt Design" that is situated in Kharkiv, has been implementing ecodesign ideas in Ukraine and around the world for over 25 years. This is a philosophy of a moral approach to architecture and interior design, which has received international recognition: Interior of the Year 2018 2nd place “Interior of a private house in a modern style”; IN practice 2018 Winner from Ukraine;SALONdesignawards 2016 commercial residential interior 1 place; WAN 2012 “Hotel of the year” Longlist; Biennale of Architecture “Under the Roof of a House ...” 2012, 2008; Water Parade “Hit of the Exhibition” Grand Prix 2012; “SIE SELECTION” “Wood” 2nd place 2010; “ARCHI BAU AWARDS ARCHI-EUROPE” jury prize 2009; Biennale of architecture “Under the roof of a house…” GRAND PRIX 2009; "Vodoparad" 2009, 2008, 2004, 2003, 2002; VIII International Festival of arch. and Design Laureate "Public Interior" 2006; "Mirror Stream" 2002 and many others.  ryntovt.com

Eco Hotel Fiend House, Dnipro 2009

Ecological village, Kharkiv 1999


Victoria Yakusha

Victoria Yakusha is a talented Ukrainian designer, founder of Yakusha Design and Faina studios. For almost 18 years of her creative career, she has created many interior and object works that have been awarded more than 15 prestigious awards.ELLE Decor International Design Award —"Designer of the Year" 2019, "Design of the Year" 2019; Interior of the Year Award 2019; AZ Awards Canada — nomination 2018; Archiproducts Awards — nomination 2017; Industart 2015 Award; Dezeen Awards, Interior Design Shortlist 2019; The Best Interior Design of Offices and cultural spaces at ArtSpace Award 2019; Interior of the Year, Ukraine 2018; Among the Best Offices at Ukrainian KIFF 2019; Between tradition and innovation, Dutch Design Week 2017; CUBE project, Best Home Design List in Germany 2015; International Industrial Design Award 2015; Winner of the InterYear 2015; Special prize for Viktoriya Yakusha for engaging in APC-Caffe project 2015; NM House, Our 50 Project, ‘Heart of Ukrainian design’ 2015; The Second Place in the Interior Design category, Interium 2013; Winner of the International Architectural Awards in the residential interior category 2012; Winner of the "InterYEAR 2007". www.yakusha.design

FAINA House, Brussels 2019

Chair ZTISTA, 2018


Natalia Bolshakova

Natalia Bolshakova - founder and head of the Bolshakova Interiors studio, director of the Society of British and International Design in Ukraine, winner of the European Property Awards 2015-2016. Attention to detail and meticulous supervision are the foundations of Bolshakova Interiors. Natalia is a winner of the SBID International Design Awards 2012 and a member of the British International Design Association SBID. bolshakova-interiors.com

Emerald Villa, Kyiv region 2019

Meghan Table Lamp, 2019



Alexander Mukomelov

Alexander Mukomelov is another young titled Ukrainian designer, noted by Forbes in the honorable rating "30 under 30". Since 2007, he has been implementing successful industrial designs, and managed to win 5 Oscars in the design world - RedDot Design Award in product design 2013; RedDot Design Award in concept design - twice in 2010, twice in 2009. And also the ISalone Satellite Moskow-2010 Grand Prix, 10 awards of the international design and design association, Paris.  www.mukomelov.com

Kitchen sink Mono, 2013
Bath Infinity, 2010


Alexander Popov and Dmitry Vasiliev

Alexander Popov and Dmitry Vasiliev show by personal example that the union of two creative people is not only possible, but also extremely successful - today their architectural bureau ARCHIMATIKA occupies one of the leading positions in the Ukrainian market and owns a huge list of prestigious awards. CP Awards 2020; World Architecture Festival 2019; Eastern Europe Real Estate Project Awards 2019; Build School Project 2019, 2018; The Architecture MasterPrize 2019; Venicecall architectural ideas contest 2019; Prize "Ukrainian Budding Olimp 2018"; European Property Awards 2018; World Architecture Festival - Shortlist 2018; Architect of the year - Eastern Europe and Asia Real Estate Project Awards 2016; Best Residential High-rise Architecture Ukraine Residential complex Europe Property Awards Architecture 2016—2017; Winning the nomination "Architecture of multifunctional complexes" 2017; The best architectural company in Ukraine 2017; Victory in the nomination Architecture of public facilities from the Ukrainian Urban Awards 2018; First degree diploma for the best public building 2014; Industry Leader Award 2015; Facade of the year 2013 and 2019 from Baumit and many others. archimatika.com

Residential Complex Comfort Town, Kyiv 2009-2019

Shopping Entertainment Center Republic, Concept. Kyiv 2012-2014



Oleg Drozdov

Oleg Drozdov founded the Drozdov&Partners architectural bureau in 1997, and over more than 20 years of successful work experience has implemented more than 300 different projects. The most memorable and controversial, of course, is the building of the new Theater on the Podil, which did not leave anyone indifferent. The project caused a lot of controversy, but the victory at the Ukrainian Urban Awards impressed even the fiercest skeptics. Oleg has in his arsenal such awards as the Grand Prix (2001, 2003) and the Commercial Interior award (2002) of the Best Interior of the Year competition; laureate of the "Creation" competition (2003); three times nominated for the "Architectural Prize"; victory at an international competition in South Korea. Oleg Drozdov also contributes to the future of Ukrainian architecture by training specialists in the Kharkov School of Architecture founded by him. drozdov-partners.com

Theater on the Podil, Kyiv 2017
Shopping Center Ave Plaza, Kharkiv 2011


Sergey Yunakov

Sergey Yunakov, founder and director of YUNAKOV Architects, is one of the fathers of modern Ukrainian architecture. Sergei Fedorovich - Honored Architect of Ukraine, State Prize Laureate, Corresponding Member of the Academy of Architecture, Member of the Presidential Council of the Union of Architects, Professor of the Department of Theory of Architecture at KNUBA. For more than 30 years of work, YUNAKOV Architects has received about 50 awards in the field of design and architecture, including State awards in the field of urban planning and first places in the category "interior design". yunakov.com

Bridge over the Dnipro, Project. Kyiv 2020
Building of the Southern Railway Station, Kyiv 2001


Artem Zverev and Arthur Scharf

The YØDEZEEN architectural studio, founded by Artem Zverev and Arthur Scharf, is another creative union that has brought many awards to Ukrainian architecture. Restaurant & Bar Design Awards ^ shortlisted 2018; SBID International Design Awards finalist 2018; Interiorgoda in several nominations 2018, 2017, 2014; Interium 2018; International Property Awards in several nominations 2018; Art Space 2015 and others. yodezeen.com

Catch Seafood Restaurant, Kyiv 2018
Art-filled apartment, Kyiv 2017


Denis Belenko

One of the brightest niche interior designers in Ukraine is Denis Belenko. Denis says about the choice of a profession that it is necessary to define the sector and develop it in depth, and not in breadth - which he implements with great success, creating bright and unique premises for restaurants and bars in Ukraine and abroad. Belenko designed restaurants are each time a new unique story that he lives with the customer from the very inception, and is always a guest of completed projects after. Since 2003, Denis has created more than 85 restaurants, the designs of which have collected a huge number of Ukrainian and international awards. Belenko himself does not focus on regalia - “I don’t pay special attention to this. I have one diploma, I gave it to my mother.  www.belenko.design

Wine Love Restaurant, Kyiv 2019
Dacha Restaurant, Odesa 2004


Sergei Gotvyansky

In 2010, the Dnipro architect Sergei Gotvyansky organized the Nottdesign studio, which, over 10 years of successful work, has earned itself an international confession and many awards. Among them - Interior of the Year 2017, 2016, 2015 in several nominations (Ukraine); Salon Design Awards 2017; RedDot Awards 2016 in two nominations; A’Design Awards 2016; Design and Design awards 2016 in three nominations; Inter * Year 2016, 2014; Interium 2015.  nott.design

Office of the Meat Processing Plant, Dnipro 2017
Candlesticks «HANO!», 2017


Ivan Yunakov

Ivan Yunakov is a representative of a famous architectural dynasty in Ukraine. In 2007, he organized the 33BY Architecture workshop, which today is one of the leaders in the Ukrainian architectural market and has won more than 45 prestigious awards. 33by.pro

Cottage Prairie House, Kyiv region 2015
Private house Buddha House, Kyiv 2017


Volodymyr Nepiyvoda

In 2004, Volodymyr Nepiyvoda organized the Yoddesign studio, which today brings together a team of talented architects and designers who embody the most daring commercial and individual architectural projects. Yoddesign has won many prestigious awards, including IIDA 2019, 2016; The Restaurant & Bar Design Award 2017; Inter * Year 2015; Art Space 2015; Home & Interior 2012 and many others.  yoddesign.com.ua

Shade Burger Restaurant, Poltava 2016
Restaurant Dog ate a pigeon, Kyiv 2014