Architect and artist Karolina Katarzyna Howorko tells stories through space, color, and light. Her work is not limited to one medium: it includes architecture, painting, interior design, set design, and art installations. Howorko: "I like to work and use my creativity in different scales. My creative basis remains the same, though: all my ideas take shape by painting and sketching." Light plays a crucial role in every space she designs. Howorko: "Light can influence our mood profoundly. One cannot design a space without thinking about its lighting." This applies not only to architecture but also to set design and immersive experiences.
Photo: Howorko, working in her studio
She draws her inspiration from everyday life: conversations with people, travel, or art. Howorko: "I love adventure, so I like to discover and try new things. Lately, I have been inspired by botanical forms. I find it interesting how these forms convey a serene feeling. That feeling is often lacking in our urban environments."
Light installations can play a similar role, the artist says. Howorko: "Light art is being used more and more to breath new life on buildings. To change our mood, thoughts, and relationship with them." The future holds compelling new perspectives. Howorko: "Calls for ephemeral installations are becoming more and more regular. Also, they happen on new sites, where it previously might not have been allowed. There is still a lot to discover!"
Karolina Howorko (1988) lives in Amsterdam and Paris. She obtained a master's degree thrice: in architecture, scenography and graphic and multimedia design. Howorko creates installations, video art, paintings, and sculptures.