Angela Stefanovska is born and lives in Skopje, North Macedonia.
She finished her Master’s Studies at the Faculty of Architecture – Skopje and practiced in the architectural field for a couple of years, before turning her full attention to design and furniture. She expresses the link between art and architecture precisely through geometric sculpture designs and their implementation in any space and concept.
She mainly draws inspiration from some of the greatest artists of the previous century, from Vasilly Kandinsky to Kazimir Malevich, up to the great pioneers of the Modern movement such as Ray Eames and Piet Mondrian.
About the studio
“Patternize your wall”
Anngo is a design studio based in Skopje, North Macedonia
The studio designs and creates wall sculptures from wooden materials. What makes the sculptures unique and recognizable is the geometric pattern aligned in layers, that seem to be flat and three-dimensional at the same time. All together it creates a sense of space.
The sculptures represent puzzling construction, whose cut pieces can be combined at will with different shapes, sizes, and colors. This layered modeling and join allow obtaining each time unique geometric layout, suitable to decor any type of surface. The core language of the pattern is the basic fundamental shapes such as circle, triangle, and square, including their sub shape.
The products are sorted into few series such as Puzzle Series, Shape Series, and even ‘’Part as furniture” Series, as the latest realized series that applies the recognizable anngo pattern on pieces of old or new furniture, whose main goal is a unique and dynamic transformation. The idea is that every piece of furniture that looks old, ordinary, or even boring gets a second chance with a modern and playful look.
Studio anngo stems from the continued interest in geometry and the constant play with shapes and forms, approaching each art piece with profound care and an enduring commitment to unique, focused, and striking design.
Tell me more about your Studio anngo, and who is involved in making art?
Angela: Studio Anngo is an art and product design brand, and its story begins at the peak of the pandemic in 2020. Based in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, the studio designs and creates wall sculptures, home decoration, and even pieces of furniture from wooden materials.
What makes the sculptures unique and recognizable is the geometric pattern aligned in layers, that seem to be flat and three-dimensional at the same time. This layered modeling and join allow obtaining each time unique geometric layout, suitable to decor any type of surface. The core language of the pattern is the basic fundamental shapes such as circle, triangle, and square, including their sub shape. The products are sorted in few series such as Puzzle Series, Shape Series, and ePart as furniture” Series
The art pieces are both designed and created by the architect Angela Stefanovska.
What made you decide to produce art or become an artist?
Angela: As both artist and architect, I always follow the famous quote –,’’ The most personal is the most creative’’. Creativity is a facet of self-fulfillment and self-knowledge. It is always sincere and subjective and always comes from deep inside as complex as the person itself.
The founding and creating of Studio anngo stem from the continued interest in geometry and the constant play with shapes and forms which I have from a younger age and which has been devoted and developed at the Faculty of Architecture. Living in that own “patterned-geometric” world I created where everything is an idea or possibility for new art is what feeds my creative imagination and made me decide to produce art.
How does the creative process work for you on a daily basis?
Angela: The creative process manifests in different ways depending on each person.
For me, there is no such thing as a typical day or a daily routine in the studio since every day is a different experience. Sometimes that is brainstorming and sketching, other days is laser-cutting or color painting. When you work in the creative field, the evolution of an idea into its final stage goes through a progression of thoughts and actions together with a lot of research daily. And since the artwork in the studio is closely related to interior and graphic design, I look to follow the latest trends and innovations in the field on a daily basis.
You’re from Skopje, Europe. How has this environment fashioned your work?
Angela: Surprisingly very good. There is a large progressive group in Skopje that wants to see and buy something new and avant-garde.
Since the beginning Studio anngo got a lot of support and likes from any kind of audience, every age group, as well as people involved in art and not. Also, the collaboration with fellow artists and interior studios is a great way to stay connected with some of the best people in your industry, reach the audience, and grow together with them.
What has influenced or inspired you most?
Angela: From everyday objects to geometric patterns, everything is an inspiration. But mainly, as a designer, I draw inspiration from some of the greatest artists of the previous century, from Vasilly Kandinsky to Kazimir Malevich, up to the great pioneers of the Modern movement such as Ray Eames, Piet Mondrian, and many more.
How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?
Angela: The sculptures come to life in a few already reliable phases. The first phase is brainstorming with few rapid freehand sketches from the initial ideas of the design. After many attempts, when I come up with a good design, I put it into a technical drawing on software with preserved dimensions and scale. I specify the size, the color combination, and the layer amount. I sometimes make a solid 3D model of the art piece so I can see it better. Then comes the laser-cut, precisely cutting the pieces ready to get painted with acrylic paint or spray.
What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?
Angela: At the moment I can remember two funny incidents that I faced recently. A few months ago, we found and housed a puppy in the house where I was making sculptures at the time. Unfortunately, in those days I had a bit of a chaotic drying of the pieces of the sculptures and they were placed on a low table. The little guest relaxed in his new home and nibbled on every piece that came his way. The sculpture that was to be made from those pieces was promised for the next day and necessary delayed. We still have the dog and he’s still making trouble.
The second incident was on the way to my friend’s weekend house where her little son was sitting in the back seat with a finished Puzzle sculpture ready to be part of the interior of the house. At the end of the trip when we turned back, we found forcibly removed pieces from the sculpture all over and the backseat of the car and the argument was as follows:
I thought it was Tetris.
How has your art evolved over the years?
Angela: In June Studio anngo celebrates its first birthday. And because is a newborn studio, I can not tell much about evolving over a big past period, but I can assure you about the progress in the past months with numerous and varied artworks (starting from wall sculpture to coffee tables and board games). The evolution of my ideas and style together with the quality of the products is my main focus.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Angela: All the encouraging and honest words about the artwork from the studio mean an equal amount of support, motivation, and sometimes even inspiration. But, if I have to single out a dear, most memorable response, it would be from our latest interview with Meleem Skopje, mentioning that Studio Anngo is a confident pioneer in this type of art and product design in Skopje and that the Macedonian market has long lacked such unique products.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Angela: For an emerging artist, such as me, reaching people involves setting up shows in spaces like local concept stores, cafes, art fairs, and bazaars. Since the studio place is not public and anngo does not have an actual store yet, the local bazaars are quite important to meet people and show your pieces. Selling and exhibiting also involves a considerable amount of self-promotion through social media.
What is next for Studio anngo?
Angela: A few weeks ago, studio anngo launched the latest series – Anngo Accessories, with the latest product – custom-made board game Backgammon. The next product is also part of this Series, but standing on the wall showing the time. It is not difficult to guess right?