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Brand Expert Sarah Christophers interviews... Kristina Bobs

October 2012

Kristina BobsWe catch up with Kristina, Svaja’s founder and Creative Director for an intimate chat about the company, her achievements and her dreams for the future. It’s an incredibly busy and exciting time for Svaja, and for Kristina: she’s just squeezed us into her hectic schedule, between trips to Saudi Arabia and New York. Life is increasingly on the move...

Tell us about your big Svaja projects of the moment.

“We talk of being cosmopolitan but at the moment I really am living it! Svaja is growing and my main priorities are setting up solid and stable operations in our key new markets. Our USA office has just opened in NYC and things are really taking off there, and I’m just back from the Middle East which has been a major focus for over 18 months. It’s a region that’s leading the way for our bespoke interior and structural glass and we are working with some amazing private clients: from palaces to six star hotels.”

How do you come up with new designs?

“Travel is a major inspiration source for me. I’m lucky enough to travel to so many places for work and I feed off their cultures, architecture, design and fashion. I also make sure I squeeze in some down-time with my family, and one of the places that recently started my creative juices flowing, wasn’t too far from home: Segovia, the ancient Spanish city. The fusion of European design and Arabic aesthetic knocked me over. It comes from so far back in history but it seems so attuned to the way we should be thinking now: a true fusion of east and west. It’s something that really resonated with me and is reflected in many of my new designs.”

Which parts of the world have you most been enjoying?

“I’ve really relished getting to know parts of the Middle East. It’s an incredible region and we have customers that take me to Saudi, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, all over. Here they like the best of the best of everything for their interiors and it is incredibly exciting and dynamic. I’m finding it fascinating learning about Islam and their beautiful arts; my old perceptions have really been altered as I’ve spent more time understanding their ways of life. Barriers are coming down all the time: who would have thought that I’d be there in Saudi, in a pair of high heels and a hard hat, on the site of a new hospital, discussing decorative glass installation with ten hardened male contractors. Things are changing and I feel somewhat of an ambassador for female creativity and business. It makes me smile.”

Tell us more about the structural side of Svaja glass.

“Yes this has been steadily growing. We work with interior designers, architects and private clients to create bespoke products for their buildings. It could be a piece of decorative glass art to go on a boardroom wall; it could be a one-off shower enclosure for a palace; couture tiles or a splash-back for a made to measure kitchen. We’ve been asked to do incredible glass doors, walls, huge mirror frames, the list goes on. Basically we work with a client to make something totally unique and fulfil their dreams. It’s extremely satisfying.”

What’s new for Svaja on the retail front?

“Well our glass animations just keep on surprising me. Through the economic downturn, when people have been spending less, the demand for elegant, yet simple animal sculptures keeps growing. It’s amazing. Horses have been our major new thing, created due to requests from customers, and we welcomed Horatio and Henry to the family not long ago. They’re strong, sculptural and particularly popular with men.”

Tell us more about your Stateside plans.

“I’ve always been interested in weaving the mood and tastes of our international customers into our ranges. Our Svaja US online store is opening this autumn and with the American operation really beginning to take shape and the country being so vast, I think we’ll get a lot of feedback from buyers and customers. It’s always exciting to take this, play with it and give them something back that exceeds their expectations. It’ll be fun getting to know their interior tastes a little more!”

Svaja means dream in your native Lithuania. What dreams do you have for the future?

“So far we have home accessories, linens and fabric, structural glass and interior art nicely bubbling away. My dream is to build on this and work towards lighting and furniture innovations incorporating our glass artistry. This would be fantastic and unlike anything else out there. A fusion of Lithuanian glass craftsmanship and cutting edge design: my dream.”

 

Dinner with new RSA President 

September 2012

To mark the opening of the newly refurbished Great Room, the RSA held a celebratory dinner attended by its new President, HRH The Princess Royal, on Monday 10 September.

The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) is a British multi-disciplinary institution, based in London. The Society was founded in 1754 and was granted a Royal Charter in 1847. Luminaries include Charles Dickens, Adam Smith, Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, William Hogarth, and John Diefenbaker, and RSA Medal winners include Nelson Mandela, Sir Frank Whittle, and Professor Stephen Hawking.

Ms Kristina Bobs joined The President’s lecture and an honorary dinner for selected RSA members. The dinner was in support of one of the RSA's flagship projects, RSA Transitions - a groundbreaking project, that takes a social enterprise approach to prisons.

The main speaker was introduced by HRH The Princess Royal, the new RSA President.

Dr Richard Florida is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and Professor of Business and Creativity at the University of Toronto and NYU, senior editor of The Atlantic, and is the author of several influential global best sellers, including the award-winning 'The Rise of the Creative Class'.

He took as his theme "We are living in a time of "Great Reset" - when economic crisis provides an opportunity to rethink virtually every aspect of our lives - from how and where we live, to how we work, to how we invest"

Royal Society of Arts

the Princess Royal

Invitation

 

 

 Global Business Summit On Creative Service

July, 2012

Kristina S Bobs, founder of Svaja,  attended the British Business Embassy's Global Business Summit on Creative Services, held at Lancaster House on Monday 30 July.

The event was founded to address collective challenges and to develop new partnerships for growth in the Advertising, Media, Design and Architecture sectors. The high-profile line-up includes speakers from globally successful businesses such as M&C Saatchi, HSBC, Airtel and Telefónica, to name just a few. The event also saw appearances from some leading industry and political figures, such as Sir Jonathan Ive, Christopher Bailey, Lord Rogers, Marc Newson, David Cameron and the Duchess of Cambridge.

This Summit brought together about 200 key world personalities, including investors, businessmen, investment, economic and culture leaders, as well as media experts and mega company owners and focused on ways to address collective challenges and develop new partnerships for growth in the advertising, media, design and architectural sectors.

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British-Business-Embassy-July-2012

 

 

Middle East Business Leaders Summit and Awards

May 2012

Ms Kristina S Bobs attended 3rd Middle East Business Leaders Summit and Awards reception and dinner in Armani Hotel Burj Khalifa, Dubai, on the 15th of  May.

Once again The Leaders International and the Federation of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Chambers bring you the most prestigious event for corporate and business leaders of both ASEAN and the Middle Eastern region. 

For a third time, Middle East Business Leaders Summit and Awards (MEBLSA) set a grand stage for exceptional leaders to share their legacy and know-how with other corporate leaders. Held at Armani Hotel Ballroom, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE, and this year's grand event was graced by His Excellency Khalil Al Khonji Chairman of Federation of GCC Chambers, Shahul Hameed Shaik Dawood from the Leaders International and many other high level dignitaries from the GCC region. Some 350 the highest profile invited guests attended his the most  profiled event of the year among business leaders.

Federation of Gulf Cooperation Council May 2012

Federation of Gulf Cooperation Council May 2012-2

 

 

 

Accrastyle

April 2012 

Bold and Beautiful!

Kristina's styles was spotted even in Africa, Ghana capital Accra...its all about colour this spring! Read article online...

Accrastyle April 2012

 

 

 

 

The Peninsula - March 2012

March 2012

Svaja as a part of MEA delegation explored new opportunities in Qatar.

UK trade team due today Sunday, 04 March 2012 00:35

DOHA: A trade mission of 16 companies from the UK is to arrive here today and is scheduled to leave Qatar on March 7, 2012, a press statement issued by the British Embassy, Qatar, said yesterday.

The mission is led by The Middle East Association, the UK’s premier organisation for promoting trade and relations with the Middle East and North Africa, in co-operation with the British Embassy, Doha and UK Trade and Investment.

The trade mission will focus on building business links between British companies and Qatari partners, as the State prepares for mass infrastructure development in the build up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup and in accordance with the Qatar National Vision 2030.

The delegation will have meetings with a range of organisations including the Lusail Visitors’ Centre, The Qatar Rail Company, The Public Works Authority (Ashghal), The New Port Project, the Msheireb Enrichment Centre and the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee. Networking sessions were kindly hosted by the Qatar British Business Forum, The Links Group and Clyde & Co.

The UK companies represented on the mission included: A4E, Apton Partitioning Ltd, D.P.D Ltd (Date Palm Developments), Detica International, Floating Concept Ltd, Harley Haddow LLP, Oil Marketeers, Organic Power North West Limited, Seven Brands Limited, SSAT Middle East Education Consultancy LLC, Svaja, Teddington Enginneered Solutions Limited, TXM Recruitment Ltd, Thales, BCB International Ltd, Firenet International Ltd.

http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/business-news/185666-uk-trade-team-due-today.html
http://www.alarab.qa/details.php?issueId=1542&artid=176800

 
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