People

Nikki Alagha

i. I work as an Industrial Designer, maker and artist.

ii.  I do this creative work because:
It brings me joy! I thrive on seeing an idea come to life. I have tried different jobs, but being creative just keeps me balanced.

iii. A ‘typical’ day for me under Covid lockdown involves:
Starts with coffee, exercise, then a walk over to the studio in Chinatown.

I have been lucky that my studio was not impacted, or shut down due to Covid-19. As well, I can practice safe social distancing at the studio.

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Twirl Side Tables

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The Nazanin Jewelry Collection

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iv. Personal qualities that help me in my work are:
I am very determined even to a fault at times. Once I put my mind to a particular goal it is difficult for me to stop until it is completed.

v. The greatest challenges around doing this work are:
The greatest challenge is keeping yourself on track. It is difficult to know you are doing well when you don’t have a boss telling you that. Especially when you are immersed in your current work and have become blind to its flaws. That’s when you really need to step back and try to look at it with a different perspective.

vi. Creative childhood hobbies:
Drawing, painting, jewelry making, really anything that allowed me to work with my hands.

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Arc Mirror

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vii. Other creators who inspire you:
I am immensely fortunate to have family, friends and colleagues that I look up to and inspire me everyday. Too many to name!

My original source of inspiration though would be my mother, who is a painter and artist. My husband as well, who works as a digital artist. Without these two I probably wouldn’t be a designer.

viii. Training that has helped me in this career:
Graduating from Emily Carr University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design has been an excellent foundation.

My first job after university was as a Production Manager at ANDlight, a lighting design company here in Vancouver. The 3 founders there taught me a lot about the industry, everything from the idea to manufacturing and taking care of your clients. That experience has been really pivotal in my development as a designer.

 ix. A common trap that can hurt people in this career:
Thinking that you’re not good enough. In this field you get more rejections than you do acceptances, and it is really important to look past that and move towards your end goal. You  have to just keep swimming! That’s what I keep telling myself at least.

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SII Lights

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x. Some proud career moments:
Definitely getting accepted into Wanted Design Manhattan, as part of the Launch Pad program  debuting my first design, SII Light, during New York Design Week. The whole experience taught me so much and really encouraged me to continue what I was doing.

xi. Upcoming shows or events include:
I was just recently featured as part of Fuorisalone Digital, a virtual design event, where I showcased Twirl Side Table.

xii. If you want to work in my field, I suggest that you:
Just Do it! Continuing studies courses offered at Emily Carr University was how I started and that led to my bachelor’s degree. Any design course will give you a little introduction to the field and put you in touch with people who share the same passion and interests.

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Twirl Side Table

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xiii. A professional goal I have for the future:
To pay it forward. I was given a lot of support early on and I would love to be in a position where I can do the same for a young designer.

xiv. If you want to see my work, go to:
My website nikkialagha.com or instagram account @n.alagha

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