How did it start? I've
been painting since I was a kid. In design and architecture, I found a way to
meet specific needs.
Is the design
something that you learn from books or it is just a sense of aesthetics and
style? I think that it is an inner feeling. Education can’t learn
about this. But that is not enough. You must be ambitious and follow your
What inspires you?
Nature. You will never find a more perfect design than one that exists in nature.
About Hristo Spasov’s work
How you could define
your style? I think that in architecture and design the style is not a
must. The style is something that comes by itself. For me all the projects are
different and the main is innovation- to find out what has not been done for
the benefit of the client and why not in society’s favor. I always try to see
the different part of the things, the new one. Тo shakes up the based idea, so
something new can appear.
Are you guided by your vision and aesthetic sense or
you are guided by the client's wishes? Maybe both, because they become one. Usually, my clients like the way I
see things. Most of them
understand what I want to achieve and we are going in one direction together.
For each project, I try to feel my client’s personality, see his world and try
not just to come up to his expectations, but also to suggest ideas that exceed
Is there some element, material or style that you
always put into your work, something that can make us recognize your style? Yes. Nature is what most
inspires me and always present in my work. There are no more perfect forms than
those created by nature, which is why I use organic forms very often. I think
they are closest to the human’s sense. There isn’t straight lines and angles in
For example, the house I designed this year in
Dragalevtsi is all complete in symbiosis with nature. Most of the walls in the
living room are from glass and the border between interior and exterior
disappear. The yard is a continuation of the living room and back. It shows a
beautiful view of Vitosha Mountain and it is like the mountain come into the
room. The frontage is made by wooden
lames with topped lines and it is inspired by the rocks, just like a
communication between the house and nature. Many of the inner walls are
rounded, approaching as close as possible to the natural movements in human
space that always form curves rather than straight lines.
What type of materials do you use? I’m using natural materials because they are durable and I have the
ambition to use more and more ecological materials in the future, that will
have a minimal negative effect on nature. I believe that we need to go to
dematerialization, to think about the favor and not about the physical, the
product. For example, 20 years ago the mobile phone was big and heavy. Nowadays
it is just one crystal screen and in future, the object will disappear and only
it’s function will stay. Architecture and design should also evolve in this
direction-less matter, more substance, and content.
Are 2019 interior design trends applicable to our
everyday life? It is difficult for me to answer this question because I don’t follow
trends in general. The best way to not be old fashioned is to never be modern.
I believe that is not necessary architects and designers should not be
fashion-driven, but be able to anticipate the future needs of society.
Is there any difference in the design of apartments in
Paris and Sofia? If so, what kind? The main difference is the price. The spirit of the people in Sofia and
the ones in Paris is different and maybe is unbelievable to you, but I love working
in Sofia most. At the other hand, mental work and creativity are appreciated much more in Paris.
What’s the first thing that comes into your mind if we
say „design innovative solutions”?I think it’s a
smartphone, which design is completely connected with its technology. It could
be said that there isn’t a design. From the other hands, some innovative
solutions in the design could exist in a smaller shape.
For example, when I project a house in
Dragalevtsi district this year, I noticed that there is a big problem with the
house’s numbers. Many of them don’t have numbers or aren’t clearly visible. And
it occurs to me to write down the number of the house high in the frontage,
with large letters and LED light, all behind crystal cover. This small detail
is a big solution in the supplier’s everyday life because he will save time in
search of the address. That is what design means to me – to be an advantage for
everyone, at first place in client’s favor, but also of society too, and in
this case, is combined with specific graphic effects on the frontage of the
What makes an apartment or house luxurious? For many people luxury mean
expensive, actually this is a very relative term. For me is attention to the
smallest details. think that luxury comes down to the realization that it fully
meets the lifestyle, functional requirements and emotional position of the
occupant, it means perfect harmony between the project and the owner’s
What do you think about the apartments for rent which
are one-type furnished? Now Airbnb and Ikea styles are very popular and could
be recognized very easy. How we could combine budget decision with something
that talks about ourselves and brings more atmosphere than anything else that
we see? This trend fits into worldwide globalization that has developed over
decades. Practically, these days the interior design in Bulgaria hasn’t any
different from the other world’s interior style. This leads to a complete loss
of identity that we must fight against. We must preserve our spirit, preserve
our roots and traditions and be proud of them.
What is the weirdest stuff that you have ever
designed? Tell us about your dish dryer project and 1,2l bottle? They are under construction.
The dish dryer is patented and will be available soon. The idea for this
project born when I read an article about the future global problem- the lack
of drinking water, which is not much talked about. I asked myself how I could
help with this problem. I started to think about how to reduce the excessive
consumption of drinking water and came to the conclusion that the most effective
way is to create new habits in users. So the idea of dish dryer was born, it is
in every home, independent of social status to its owners and I decided to
invent an item that stands proudly in the kitchen as a sculpture in organic
lines and different from everything else on the market. Most valuable in it is
an engraved inscription at the bottom that says, "Water is precious “.
This appeal contains the main purpose of the object, which reminds you to save
water by washing dishes. It does not solve the problem, but it is not only
symbolic because by reducing millions of households worldwide, but it would
also save millions of cubes of water a year. I think that the solution to the
ecological problems mostly depends on individual awareness and individual initiative.
Small individual global initiatives are stronger than major political