When disassembled, Praktrik pieces become flat and easy-to-store objects.

Petar Zaharinov is a Bulgarian designer who applies puzzles to architecture and design. With this idea in mind, he founded Praktrik furniture.

What was your first project?
It was a building, not a piece of furniture - a vacation building on the seaside for the Union of Film Makers in Bulgaria. Today it's under construction. The first furniture projects were my Impossible and Sliding collections. I developed them at the same time.

Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from two different sources: geometry and constructivism on one hand, and eastern traditions and esotericism on the other. The first is rational and pragmatic, the second is irrational and intuitive. I believe that every object and space influences both our intellect and our intuition. They’re not just 'machines' for living.

What’s your design process?
I first invent or discover a principle and then search for appropriate applications.

What are you planning to work on next?
A playground structure that can be assembled. It started as a movable exhibition named Archaeology Backstage a year ago. Now we’re developing it to a product.

City of Residence Sofia, Bulgaria
Age 32
Education University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria
Motto Don’t say but show!
Favourite quote ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge’ (Albert Einstein)
Best advice received Give always 100 per cent in what you are doing!
Best tip for designers Do only things you believe in!
Three things every designer needs Intellect, intuition and will
Newest addition to your studio A laptop
First design that inspired you Red and Blue chair by Gerrit Rietveld

Photos courtesy Martin Filkov.

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