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Variant is a multidisciplinary design studio based in London and Riga. The studio practices contemporary design, architecture and installation with high added value to each project, whether emotional or purely functional. Innovative  experimentation across materials, technology and production are key drivers for the newly established design studio.
The studio’s cofounders, Arthur Analts and Rudolph Strelis have been working side by side since 2007, when they met during design school entrance examinations. Awarded as ‘The Best New Designer’ in Latvia, Arthur moved to London to continue his studies at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, while Rudolph mastered his knowledge in scenography and industrial design at Latvian Academy of Arts. Their contemporary approach to design, architecture and interactive installations is the byproduct of an ongoing commitment to innovation and quality.

Variant Studio principles are based on strong research and unique experiments with materials and their potential, which lead to innovative design solutions and strong emotional presence. Both Arthur and Rudolph take part in every step of the project, starting from research and brainstorming to product development, manufacturing and quality control.

Our clients are from sectors such as furniture/production, arts/culture, fashion/lifestyle, science/technology, innovation/sustainability, as well as people who have interest in collaboration and passion in innovation.

Yet newly founded, the studio is very ambitious, with work appearing in major international and local magazines and publications. Variant Studio is aiming to be a name to watch for in both Western and Eastern design.

Variant Studio is currently working on several projects, including competitions and self-initiated designs.

 

 

SELECTED AWARDS

2014
‘Moscow Metro Station’ design and architecture –  Second stage finalists – Moscow, Russia    *Ongoing

2013
World EXPO 2015 – ‘Latvian Pavilion’ – 3rd place – Riga, Lativa
Best 10 products of Product Design Madrid – ‘Bridge’ collection – Madrid, Spain

2012
Japan Tobacco International & Future Concept Lab international contest ‘JTI CleanCityLab’ – 1st place – ‘Icon’ – Milan, Italy

2011
‘Best New Designer 2011’ with project ‘Led Zeppelin’ – ‘Design Awards of the Year 2011′ – Latvia,Riga.
Category ‘Participle’ – ‘Design Awards of the Year 2011′ – project ‘Led Zeppelin’ – 1st place

2010
‘Sparkle Riga 2010’ student competiton award
‘Zelta Zivtina’ Year Scholarship award – Art and Design – 1st place

 

 

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014
‘Spoga Gafa Youngstar’ – Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany
‘Off The Shelf’ – CSM /London, UK

2013
‘Bridge Collection’ – Bamford / London Design Week – London, UK
‘The song gets otherwise’- Riga Art Space – Riga,Latvia
SuperStudio – Fuori Salone Milan – Milan, Italy
‘Madrid Product Design Week’ – Madrid, Spain
‘Money’s Worth’ – Gallerie Sofie Lachaert – Tielrode, Belgium

2012
‘BIO23′ – 23rd Biennial of Design – Ljubljana, Slovenia
’100% Design’ – London Design Week – Earls Court – London, UK
‘Clerkenwell Design Week’ – House of Detention – London, UK
‘DEKO Design Awards of the Year’ – Riga, Latvia
‘JTI CleanCityLab’ – Triennale Design Museum – Milan, Italy

2011
’3rd International New Designer Biennial’ – Latvia, Riga
‘SaloneSatellite WorldWide Moscow’ – Moscow, Russia
‘Design Awards of the Year 2011′ Riga, Latvia
‘Telpa 2011′ exhibition, Riga, Latvia

2010
‘144 hours’ group exhibition, Riga, Latvia

 

 

CREDITS

Manager – Karlina Voitika
Photos & Videos – Variant + Vents Aboltins
Visual Identity – Variant + Janis Milzarajs

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