Could you compare your workplace in Vilnius with the one you resided at while in Florence?
The location and the general feel of the studio plays a huge role in shaping the whole exchange experience. In this case, the environments of both studios couldn’t be more different. Our studio is located on a riverbank in a forest just outside the city centre. There, one can enjoy the morning mist rising from the river, afternoon coolness under the forest canopy, and endless bird songs. The inside of the studio is filled with the scent of wood, and the sun is illuminating the space through the big windows. Muttnik’s studio is the opposite: right in the bustling centre of Florence, we were greeted by a pleasantly dark, yet really cozy, creative space. Forest sounds were replaced by touristy streets full of chatter and buzzing indoor fans fighting the sizzling heat. Oh, and the smell of coffee! Florence is full of it, wherever you turn. However, the worlds of Andstudio and Muttnik are incomparable. Both of them are different yet equally great.
If you were to repeat the exchange, would you change anything?
We do have a single regret: during our next exchange, we would like to do something for the local community. Help the visited community out with what we do – design – will be high on our list next year. Benefiting a local cause would both create extra value for the exchange project as a whole, and would enrich our personal experience. If we did so, we would have exchanged not only our studios but good deeds, too.
Do you think the exchange will influence your business development in any way?
The project will benefit our business in several ways. First and foremost, this is by far the best team building experience we ever had. When the team is united, challenges are way easier to overcome. Second, while at the exchange, we had a chance to meet many local designers and artists. One of them is Florence-based studio Monogrid, which is working with interactive digital solutions. The technologies they use are literally eye-opening and jaw-dropping, and we are eager to collaborate with them on future projects.
Here you can find the exchange website.
Information about Muttnik from Florence
Information about Andstudio from Vilnius