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An architect’s creative method captured in shirt design

An architect’s creative method captured in shirt design

All of Huginn Muninn’s collections are inspired by different artists and the fields of art they represent. For example, our collection Arkhitekton was inspired by architectural design. This way of constructing new collections encouraged us to do an experiment – we decided to give all creative power to a real architect Ignas Kalinauskas, to create a shirt design that perpetuates architectural design principles. With the help of our team of expert tailors, Ignas created a shirt that unfolds the philosophy of architecture. We invite you to learn more about this creative project in an interview with the architect.

Ignas, could you please share with us why you found this creative project attractive – creating a new shirt design?


As an architect, I am used to working on a wide range of design scales – from furniture to buildings and city planning. I like to always challenge myself. Shirt design was an opportunity to broaden the scope even more, almost within different disciplines, to find out if my methods of design approach are applicable and universal enough. It was a way to escape my comfort zone of expertise by creating a different object. An object that I love to wear a lot.


Did you discover parallels between architectural design and shirt design when creating these designs?


Absolutely. One can say a shirt is our second skin protecting us from the environment. In the same way, a building can be seen as another layer of protection. I interpreted shirt design as a facade design and wanted to implement 3-dimensional qualities to it.

Maybe you can tell us more about the creative process itself: where did you start, where did you get your inspiration, what challenges did you face?


I started it the same way I start every design project – by gathering as much as possible information that would frame my future decisions. This time it was different in a way, that I knew very little about the manufacturing process, so I needed to analyze really basic information to get started. The next step was to search for ambition on a conceptual level. I wanted to create a shirt that would embody the ideas of casual sophistication, clean lines, architectural minimalism and depth. Combining them all was the most challenging part.

As for the final result, could you tell us what turned out to be the most important thing in the shirt design for you – shape, function, details, or something else?


A louver is an architectural element that gives the facade depth, thickness, repetition and graphics. I found similar qualities in plissé, which is used in fashion. So I started experimenting with it and I think it turned out in a kind of unusual way. It shines while the rest of the design is more muted and minimal.


And I love that this shirt’s fabric is black – often referred to as architects’ all-time favorite color.

And lastly, maybe you can try to imagine what kind of person is wearing the shirt you created? What portrait of him emerges in your imagination?


A creative, confident, stylish person with a tendency to a little bit of splendor.

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