Twins Irina and Olga Sundukovy founded eponymous design & architecture studio Sundukovy Sisters, or simply S+S, in 2004. Today a team of 70 talented and passionate people creates award-winning interiors for public places around the world.
For the moment S+S has professional architects and dedicated representatives in Paris, New York, Dubai and London who take part in meetings, regularly visit objects, assist in all raised matters and communicate with contractors.
In 2018 the Gold Key Awards in New York recognized the studio as Designers of the Year.
We create interiors and brand concepts for hospitality projects and focus on the upscale, luxury, lifestyle and boutique segments, having completed more than 150 hospitality projects.
Learn more about S+S studio and our design approach in this interview with Irina and Olga Sundukovy
Sundukovy Sisters have completed projects in with top-end restaurateurs and hoteliers across Russia, Europe, the USA, the Middle East, and Asia.
Thanks to the strong team which is located in Moscow, Paris, New York, Dubai, and London S+S studio can be truly called “international” design & architecture studio.
Design creation. From the idea to the design
How do we create a design? A public space is first of all people plus location.
We start our work with the audience analysis. Who will come to have dinner in our restaurant – which travelers will stay in our hotel? These people are the clients that will finally evaluate the results of our work.
The history of the place, its location is no less important. A hotel in Versailles or a hotel in Tbilisi cannot be taken out of the context of their geographical and historical specifics. They have to be and must be different – even if the exact same type of travelers will stay there.
After an analysis of the public and the location, we define the idea of the new project for ourselves, depending on the client’s wishes, while time frames and budget determine the specific tasks: what must be done to make the project work.
Our team then starts seeking specific solutions that need to comply with the functional tasks: ergonomic effectiveness, navigation, logistics, lighting, materials tactile features – which all form the demanding high quality of the public space interior. Everything in the restaurant and the hotel needs to be comfortable and user-friendly for the guests. They need to be able to unwind, even if they have business meetings.
Finally, after solving the functional tasks, we come directly to the design itself. Our public space interiors must be part of the city space. The materials that we work with, objèts d’art, unexpected combinations – everything should create the mood for guests in harmonious combination with the geography and history of the location. Our interiors have a contemporary chic, yet foreshadow upcoming trends – establishing them as part of the unique Sundukovy Sisters style.
Sundukovy Sisters Style
We believe that design should be relevant, aesthetic and functional, and we find inspiration in the history of each location, adding а contemporary, idiosyncratic twist and self-irony.
Working with clients. Focusing on objectives and consulting
The starting points in all our work are сlient’s aims and objectives. No matter how creative the flight of imagination is, we start from the specific budget and the time frame. We have 5 to 10 people involved in each project.
Sundukovy Sisters has experience and contacts – the two important components in any business which are hard to overestimate. We work through partnership relations and are ready to share our substantial expertise with our clients. We don’t just create an interior design, we consult: what needs to be done, to make your project succeed. How can we help guests find out about the whole range of the hotel’s services hold a convenient business meeting or quickly find an alternative for breakfast if the restaurant is overcrowded? Finally, what can we do to make guests want to return to your particular hotel, where they enjoy a supporting embrace that feels like home? We know that client loyalty is your primary task.