Vako Design

Vako Design

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We design high end products and furniture that is made in the USA. My name is Vakhtangi Darjania but I go by Vako. I was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1987 and lived there until I was ten years old.

My family immigrated to the U.S. (Iowa) in 2001 where I have lived ever since. I always identify myself as Georgian because my childhood had a strong impact on my personality and who I am today, even though I am very far from home. Many of my design inspirations come from home where Socialist Architecture is dominant in major parts of Tbilisi neighborhoods. Many of the distinct characteristics of

Operating as usual

10/18/2021

Cherub Vase featured at @1000vases in Milan, Italy organized by @superstudiogroup

Cherub Vase featured at @1000vases in Milan, Italy organized by @superstudiogroup

10/13/2020

Thinking about what Iowa plains would have looked like if farming industrialization never happened. ⁠
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#vakodesign #design #designer #designing #designlovers #americandesign #designlife #colordesign #art #illustrator #graphicdesign #designdaily #lovedesign #designstudio #beautiful #flowers #color

10/12/2020

Iowa Footprints
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#vakodesign #designer #designing #designdaily #lovedesign #designstudio #graphicdesign #native #iowan #iowa #blue #orange #complimentary #iowacity

07/15/2020

So I decided to make art with some of my leftover materials. Let me know what you think.
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#uiowa #uiowaart #uiowa3ddesign #3ddesign #iowajpec #design #designer #designschool #artschool #art #3dsmax #autodesk #cncfurniture #rapidprototyping #3dprinting #bendaydots #functionaldesign #productdesign #lightingdesign #madeinusa #americanmade #handmade #furniture #furnituredesign #seating #seatingdesign #designstudio #art #artistsoninstagram #daylyart @ Iowa City, Iowa

03/16/2020

I figured I make best of the given situation so I decided to start painting again. Acrylic on wood 🎨
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#vakodesign # art #artlovers #collectibledesign #americandesign #minimaldesign #minimalism #contemporarydesign #modernliving #interiordesign #architecture #prodeez #designlife #designstudio #uiowaart #uiowa3ddesign #coronavirus

01/22/2020

I had such a pleasure meeting so many talented designers in the prototype section of @idstoronto. I hope that our paths cross again.
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#collectibledesign #americandesign #minimaldesign #minimalism #contemporarydesign #modernliving #interiordesign #architecture #prodeez #designlife #sightunseen #designstudio #ids20 #vakodesign #designyourfuture @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre

10/23/2019

Progress Wednesday:
I wish these pictures could show entire process of designing the Narcissus candleholders. It’s never fun in the moment but the results are sometimes good 🤷🏻‍♂️
@ Iowa City, Iowa

10/22/2019

Vako Tuesday:
Side to Side is a set of versatile desk organizers that takes inspiration from different blooming periods of Tulips. The variety of sizes gives the freedom to use the set for various objects ranging from cutting and measuring devises to writing utensils to paper binders.

10/21/2019

Inspiration Monday:
The former House of Political Education, now a Business Centre. Soviet Artwork by architects V. Abramashvili, G. Mirianashvili, S. Melashvili, G. Salukvadze and Z. Tsereteli (artist) 1980. Tbilisi, Georgia.

@ თბილისი - Tbilisi

10/17/2019

Throwbacks Thursday

Just came across some photos from my M.F.A. Show. Graduate years were some of the toughest and the best years of my life. The experiences that I have gained are irreplaceable.
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#collectibledesign #americandesign #minimaldesign #minimalism #contemporarydesign #modernliving #interiordesign #architecture #designlife #designstudio #bronze #vase #vakodesign

10/04/2019

Come and check us out at @luxeinteriors.design for the @downtowniowacity gallery walk.
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#collectibledesign #americandesign #minimaldesign #minimalism #contemporarydesign #modernliving #interiordesign #architecture #prodeez #designlife #sightunseen #designstudio #iowacity

09/22/2019

Beauty is in the process
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#vakodesign #londondesignfair #color candleholders #collectibledesign #americandesign #minimaldesign #minimalism #contemporarydesign #modernliving #interiordesign #architecture #prodeez #designlife #sightunseen #designstudio
@ The Truman Brewery

09/21/2019

Detail shot of Narcissus Candleholders launched at @londondesignfair
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#vakodesign #londondesignfair #candleholder #narcissus #collectibledesign #americandesign #minimaldesign #minimalism #contemporarydesign #modernliving #interiordesign #architecture #prodeez #designlife #sightunseen #designstudio

09/21/2019

Day 3 at the London Design Fair.
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#vakodesign #londondesignfair #london #candleholder #narcissus #collectibledesign #americandesign #minimaldesign #minimalism #contemporarydesign #modernliving #interiordesign #architecture #prodeez #designlife #designstudio @ The Truman Brewery

06/24/2019

Tbilisi Axis Towers near competition
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#tbilisi #tbilisiarchitecture #architecture_hunter #architecturephotography #architecture #skyscraper #blackandwhite

06/20/2019

Beautiful stained glass on a 200 year old house in Old Tbilisi where 8 families still reside.
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#tbilisiarchitecture #tbilisi #tbilisiphotographer #architecture_hunter #architecturephotography #oldarchitecture #stainedglass #oldhouse #vakodesign @ Old Tbilisi

06/20/2019

Tbilisi Metro has some of the most interesting and beautiful mosaic art work from the Soviet Era.
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#tbilisi #tbilisiarchitecture #tbilisiphoto #tbilisiart #tbilisimetro #mosaic #mosaicart #sovietart #sovietera #sovietarchitecture #vakodesign #publicart @ Naxalovka

06/12/2019

Had a lovely afternoon tea in a 150 year old house.
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#oldarchitecture #oldhouses #teahouse #thisoldhouse #antique #tea #cozy #cute #ilovetbilisi #tbilisi #summeringeorgia #oldtbilisi #oldtbilisicity #vakodesign @ Tbilisi, Georgia

03/15/2019

It was so much fun visiting the Hon Industries facilities. Thank you for having us.
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#hon #madeiniowa #madeinusa #office #officefurniture #officedesign #allsteel #hni #vakodesign #uiowa3ddesign #designstudio

03/07/2019

My next project inspiration takes me to lighthouse.
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#inspiration #light #lighting #collectibledesign #americandesign #minimaldesign #minimalism #contemporarydesign #modernliving #interiordesign #architecture #prodeez #designlife #sightunseen #designstudio #fresnellens

02/25/2019

Here are some photos of the collaboration we did with Eco-Stylist few months back.
Check out their page and make sure to enter for their $1500 men’s conscious wardrobe giveaway. Today is the last day to enter.
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#ecofriendly #mensfashion #sustainablefashion #slowfashion #mensclothing #ethicalfashion #vakodesign #designer #productdesign #furnituredesign #chair #localbusiness #foundry #iowariverlanding #collectibledesign #americandesign #minimaldesign #minimalism #contemporarydesign #modernliving #interiordesign #architecture #prodeez #designlife #sightunseen #designstudio @ Iowa River Landing

01/22/2019

Had a fun weekend at IDS Toronto. Met a lot of wonderful designers and people. I’m happy to be going home but will miss the city very much.
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#torontodesignweek #ids19 #productdesign #designer #torontodesignweek #designerlife #seating #chair #chairdesign #light #lightdesign

01/20/2019

Check out the NUVO article “Six Stops to Make at IDS Toronto 2019”
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#ids19 #torontodesignweek #torontodesign #designer #designstudio #studionorth #designer #seating #chairdesign #toronto #vanitychair #vakodesign

nuvomagazine.com 01/20/2019

Six Stops to Make at IDS Toronto 2019

nuvomagazine.com Opening at the Metro Convention Centre on January 17, IDS Toronto 2019’s Power of Design theme presents a showcase of the design world’s most imaginative products, speakers, and exhibits.

01/19/2019

Come and check out Vanity Chair @idstoronto studio north.
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#narcissus #chair #chairdesign #seating #luxury # color # berry #grape #softseating #lounging #vanity #ids19 #torontodesignweek

01/14/2019

National Geographic Travel

Georgia’s capital is anything but orderly. Despite this—or because of it—it's one of the best, most strikingly original cities in the world. https://on.natgeo.com/2qFFOqI

01/12/2019

ArchDaily

Love this

Half the cost in half the time!

01/02/2019

Archinect

Good news for Frank Lloyd Wright fans

12/31/2018

This year was an adventurous one and I cannot wait to see what 2019 has to bring. I hope that everyone has a happy, healthy and peaceful 2019.
See you all next year.
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#newyearseve #happynewyear #happynewyear2019 #newbeginnings #productdesign #collectibledesign #americandesign #minimaldesign #minimalism #contemporarydesign #modernliving #interiordesign #architecture #prodeez #designlife #sightunseen #designstudio

archdaily.com 12/31/2018

The Best Architecture Software of 2018

archdaily.com TechRadar releases their list of the best architecture software of 2018.

12/20/2018

ArchDaily

These 30 architects, big and small, use the city as a base for producing some of the world’s most celebrated architectural works.

12/06/2018

Living Coral is the Pantone Color of the Year 2019
Pantone “Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits”.
Vako Design we couldn’t agree more. We take inspiration from joyful colors of spring tulips for our Side to Side organizers.
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#vakodesign #collectibledesign #americandesign #minimaldesign #minimalism #contemporarydesign #modernliving #interiordesign #architecture #prodeez #designlife #sightunseen #designstudio #coy2019 #pantone #pantonecoloroftheyear #color #coloroftheyear #coloroftheyear2019 #designmilk @ Iowa City, Iowa

11/21/2018

Come and grab your own Cherub Vase at Foundry located at the iowa River Landing.
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#collectibledesign #americandesign #minimaldesign #minimalism #contemporarydesign #modernliving #interiordesign #architecture #prodeez #designlife #sightunseen #designstudio

11/13/2018

We don’t break the tradition at SOFA CONNECT 2018 @sofaexpo
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#uiowa #uiowaclas #uiowaart #uiowa3ddesign #3ddesign #iowajpec #design #designer #designschool #artschool #art #3dsmax #autodesk #cnc #rapidprototyping #3dprinting #functional #functionaldesign #productdesign #lightingdesign #madeinusa #americanmade #handmade #furniture #furnituredesign #seating #seatingdesign #woodfurniture #chairdesign #designstudio

11/09/2018

Primary Pixels
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#city #color #architecturephotography #architecturelovers #architectureporn #architecture #houzz #architecturaldigest #designinspo #customhomes #luxuryhome #luxuryhomes #exteriordesign #dreamhomeinteriors #vakodesign

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Come and grab your own Cherub Vase at Foundry located at the iowa River Landing. ...#collectibledesign #americandesign #...
This trip has been long overdue. ...#architecturephotography #architecturelovers #architectureporn #architecture #houzz ...
A little time has lapsed ...#milano #italy #duomomilano #salonesatellite #salonedelmobile #milandesignweek #mdw #milande...
Day two of the @venturaprojects setup...#milano #italy #duomomilano #salonesatellite #salonedelmobile #milandesignweek #...
Day one of the booth setup @venturaprojects for the Milan Design Week 2018 @isaloniofficial ...#milano #italy #duomomila...
Ciao Milano you always treat me well. Milan Design Week 2018 was fun. Until next time ...#milano #italy #duomomilano #sa...
Landing in Detroit...#milano #italy #duomomilano #salonesatellite #salonedelmobile #milandesignweek #mdw #milandesign #m...
Only hour long flight to Michigan? Not enough to catch up on my week long sleep deprivation. ...#milano #italy #duomomil...
Some videos that I forgot to post from Toronto during the @todesignoffsite with @justinbaileydesign @anonystudio miss yo...
Never felt so blue at @idstoronto @todesignoffsite @designboom @gladstonehotel ...#IDS18 #idstoronto #torontolife #toron...
More of the cherub vases from @idstoronto and @designboom @todesignoffsite ...#IDS18 #idstoronto #torontolife #toronto #...
And the breakdown of the @idstoronto begins. Thanks for making it fun Toronto. ...#IDS18 #idstoronto #torontolife #toron...

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