"When people ask me why a dancer or choreographer would have any interest in designing furniture, the first thing that I say is that it’s objects in space."
"I’ve been very lucky to find people who care about how things are built, almost as though it’s a way of life."
"Learning a little more about the cosmos makes you understand a little more about what’s going on here."
"I’d like to think that our work has less to do with a “style” and more to do with attempting to be in tune with the spirit of a place, and the construction vernacular of that place, and its history."
"There are a lot of details that go into making a place feel effortless."
"I think realizing the connection that people could have with furniture is what sealed the deal for me. The daily physical contact could make the users experience intimate and powerful — like a relic or artifact that is activated by touch."
"Good art only comes about when its collaborators are mutually respectful and equally passionate."
"We want the objects that Souda makes to be the types of items that people are really excited about. Each piece should feel completely resolved - like a work of art."
"Ultimately, it’s not just what we buy but what we are buying into and who we are supporting that has the power to change the economy. From where I stand every small decision makes a difference."
"Our aesthetic naturally evolves through the way we work. We begin our process in a sort of “free zone” where anything goes... it’s where we allow our creativity to stretch before we start making more conscious decisions."
"I still consider all of my textiles to be very fine arts based. You can see the hand in everything that I make whether it’s the pillows or the rugs."
"NYC has been a huge influence in my work. It fascinates me to know that nature always find it’s way in these areas. I guess my work reflects this relationship: honoring the organic shapes seen in nature by refining everyday industrial materials."
"Architecture is an all encompassing thing, it naturally lends itself down to the interiors, furniture, fixtures. They're defined and grouped by practices, but when you're standing in a space you take it all in as one thing, as one experience."
"There’s this mythology about California that things there are just lighter and airier and more casual. I think I hit on those touchstones ... I don’t want to make things that are overly precious—I just want to make good stuff that gets used."
"When it comes to what unites us, I’d say New York designers are drawn to materials that age well, that last. We’re all on a similar mission to just make better stuff. We’re doing that differently, but we’re doing it together."
"I am not concerned about overnight success. I am concerned about how our body of work shows in 5 years, 10 years, and beyond. I create these pieces to far outlive me."
"Ideas of ‘cohesion’ often get confused with notions of ‘style’. Style is typically more marketable since there is an obvious relationship between things. Our work so far has had many different expressions but we hope that people recognize our approach and sensibilities in the work we produce."
"I’m interested in both craft and art that explores the reduction of form to its essentials, amplifying the emotional and physical connection of the materials."
"I certainly want VOLK to be a unique brand in a crowded and competitive field, but I don’t believe in making choices based on the marketplace — even consciously avoiding something on trend is letting the market dictate the design."
"While working on vintage chairs my goal was to keep each chair's integrity intact. It felt natural and necessary for me to take on the challenge of making my own."