Maria Tyakina
Product Designer
The Netherlands
+31 (0)6 192 033 59


Year: 2018
Dimentions: 27 x 27 x 36 cm
Materials: Bianco carrara, handpainted glass

With lack of plots and increasing demand for cremation, the aim for Dome was to design the cremation urn that suits the contemporary home. The Dome urn aims to change the perception that cremation urns only belong in mausoleums or columbaria. The Dome urn shows the type of moving experience one can have with cremated remains when given the right type of thoughtful design. Taking its name from the Latin word "domus" meaning "house", the Dome urn was inspired by long-standing symbolic and architectural traditions associated with dome structures.

The Dome urn has two components: an inner vessel crafted from Bianco Carrara marble and an exterior hand-painted glass dome with a fading deep blue ombre. The marble projects a combination of tradition, value, and security. The painted glass dome gives a sense of preciousness and protection. The vacant space between the exterior of the urn and the interior of the glass feels like a contained spiritual atmosphere. In its final assembled state, the interior marble container can be seen as a ghost-like silhouette through the painted glass, which results in a powerful sensation of presence inside of the dome.

Sensorial Bath

Year: 2016
Materials: Stone, Steel, Ceramics, Wood

"Sensorial bath" is a collection of objects which explores a relationship between human and an object within the subject of human regeneration. Being aware of the fast speed of the modern life we look for a comfort in rituals and evaluating of the everyday experiences.How can we become more integrated with the ritualistic maintenance of our body and soul in a domestic surrounding? What happens when ordinary and habituated ways of looking at things fall away? Looking for the core of the bathing experience and studying traditions from around the world known around the subject of bathing resulted in "Sensorial Bath" collection.

First object in the collection is a limestone wall heater. Which is focused on our experience of touch. By rotation of the piece a heating element inside the stone and a light behind it can be activated and if needed deemed. The brightness of the light correlates with the warmth of the stone. The limestone has a unique property containing and keeping the heat for a very long time.

The second set contains a hot metal plate and a capillary pipe, which controls the irrigation of ten drops of water per minute, which collide with the hot metal plate causing immediate evaporation. Dripping and evaporation cycle provokes visual and audio stimulation. And whilst being focused on this process suggests the meditative experience. For this set materials visual appearance comes from treating them with heat.

The last set of the collection consist essential oil dripped and a lava stone base. A ceramic container filled with scented water, six times per minute lets the drop fall onto a sharp point of the lava stone base, which due to its shape splits the drop and lets it slide on a slope of the shape and distribute it amongst a surface of the stone. Lava stone due to its highly porous structure then absorbs the oil into its pores and lets it evaporate back into space at the slow and even pace, providing constant olfactory(referring to the sense of smell) and visual experiences.

Bend Table

Year: 2018
Material: Stainless Steel

"Bend" in stainless steel is a side table constructed without screws, welding or glue. Each plain of the table interlocks within another providing support and resulting in a form that can be easily assembled and disassembled.

Color Temperature

Year: 2018
Material: Stainless Steel

"Color Temperature" is a research into a process of steel reaction to heat. This project shows a relation between color, material, and heat. Diverse colors produced on the surface indicate the temperature to which steel object was heated in the past. Precise control of time and temperature during the heating process leads to an achievement of the desired color outcome.

An oxide layer is formed on steel when its treated with heat. As the temperature of the surrounding increases, the thickness of the iron oxide will also increase on the steel surface. A thin layer of the iron oxide causes a phenomenon called thin-film interference. Depending on the thickness, iron oxide provides colors change from natural steel color into light yellow, brown, purple and finally blue. Each color appears at precise temperatures starting at 620 °C and up to 770 °C.


Year: 2016
Material: Photography Monoprint

Solfatara is a shallow volcanic crater at Pozzuoli, near Naples, part of the Campi Flegrei volcanic area. A dormant volcano, which still emits jets of steam with sulfurous fumes. The name comes from the Latin, Sulpha terra, "land of sulfur", or "sulfur earth". Solfatara was formed around 4000 years ago and last erupted in 1198. The crater floor has many fumaroles and mud pools. The vapours have been used for medical purposes since Roman times. Serie of photographs and monoprints demonstrate a landscape, materials, structures, color and an atmosphere of Solfatara’s volcanic area.

Natural, geological, botanical and wildlife wonders as well as recreational history of Solfatara became a data base, inspiration and material foundation for "Sensorial Bath" collection.


Navigating between art and design, my research and studio work focuses on the relationship between human and object, and the ways objects mediate our connection with the body.

Increasing lack of tactility in a contemporary digital era, sensorial perception, and reimagination of habituated ways of looking at objects are the key elements of my design practice. While conducting experimentations with natural phenomena, materials, color, form, and techniques, my artistic research combines study in ritualization, traditions, and nostalgia. By balancing research and fabrication, I explore innovative approaches and material expression to create unexpected sensorial experiences and atmospheres.


2012 — 2016
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, The Netherlands
Interior Architecture and Furniture Design
(Graduated from Furniture Design)
Nominee Department Award 2016

2008 — 2012
Mordovian State University, Saransk, Russia
Interior Architecture