ECLECTIC BOGDAN CIOCODEICA

Mixing the eclectic with the minimal, the unconventional with the established seems to be Bogdan Ciocodeica‘s specialty. Inspired by the different aesthetics perspectives, the young architect prides itself with a great number of refined projects, all of them with very diverse designs results. Learn more about his trajectory and working process from our talk with Bogdan.IS THERE SOMETHING IN YOUR UPBRINGING THAT STIRRED THE PASSION FOR YOUR ACTUAL CAREER?
I always had a passion for all things aesthetically beautiful and Ithink my parents noticed that and encouraged me early on to pursue this path. I took painting lessons for about 10 years when I was growing up and combined with the practical side of my personality I think the outcome was inevitable.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE WORLD OF ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS?
I studied architecture at the “Ion Mincu” Architecture and Urbanism University in Bucharest, then I took part in a series of workshops and internships abroad. I started working when I was still a student in various architecture studios and when I felt the time was right and I had accumulated enough experience I started my own studio. WHAT ARE THE PARTICULAR INTRICACIES THAT YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH DURING A PROJECT?
Always the transition from project to real life is challenging. Having to always adapt to the problems that appear on site without losing the initial concept is the main goal, although every project is an ever evolving organism that keeps morphing long after the architect  has finished its work.
WHAT ARE THE ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS THAT PROVED THE MOST CHALLENGING AND WHICH ARE YOU ESPECIALLY PROUD OF?
I am very passionate about all my projects and I like to get involved in all the aspects, going down to the smallest details, so I am fond of all of them. All projects come with their own challenges but I think the ones with the most summons are those that need to cater to a larger crowd. You need to take in consideration a wider range of needs and have a much more versatile and flexible approach.
DO YOUR LIFE EXPERIENCES, TRAVELS, AND/OR SOCIAL CONNECTIONS HAVE AN IMPACT ON YOUR WORK?
Definitely. Traveling is a really important aspect of my life and I am in a constant search for new experiences and interacting with different cultures that are always a source of inspiration. I also try to keep up with everything going on in the industry and sometimes tap into related areas to widen my perspective.
HOW DOES THE CULTURAL CONTEXT INFLUENCE YOUR PROJECTS?
First of all it all starts with the clients you have. The type of cultural influences they have been exposed to and the cultural background they have. Otherwise in the age of globalisation the boundaries of a certain geographical area tend to be much more fluid and the local spirit is most of the time mixed with other influences. There is also the issue of certain local constraints such as local building regulations and material requirements that can influence a project according to the context it is set up in.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE WHEN IT COMES TO INTERIORS? DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE MATERIALS, COLOURS , TEXTURES ETC. THAT YOU LIKE TO INCLUDE IN YOUR LIVING OR WORKING SPACE?
If I had to brake it down to just a few words I would say my style could be classified as ECLECTIC MINIMALISM. It’s a mix of simple, clean lines and statement pieces that give character to a specific environment. It’s a very personal and intimate type of approach that puts the end user of the space at the centre of the design. I love natural materials and in general anything that gives that feeling of effortless flow to a space. I also like mid century furniture and accessories because they have a timeless design filled with a rich history and bring character to a space.
WHEN IT COMES TO MATERIAL THINGS, WHAT WOULD YOU NOT WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT? DO YOU HAVE ANY GUILTY PLEASURES?
I am not the type to get attached to material belongings but if I had to choose I would have to say my two Wassily armchairs designed by Marcel Breuer purchased from a flee market in Belgium and my Eames House bird, which was a special gift. As I said it before, mid century furniture and accessories are my passion.
WHERE ARE YOU LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION?
Everywhere. From walking on the street in a new city, to going to an art show or admiring a well crafted piece of clothing. My mind is constantly processing and anything can ignite the spark. I also do research online but I find that some of my best ideas were born from direct interactions with the various stimuli.
FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO IN BUCHAREST?
Walking on Calea Victoriei on a spring sunny day, it helps clear my mind. To the climbing gym when I want to totally disconnect and work out. And of course home every evening, because it’s my safe space and the place I feel best.

By Dana Chels

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