Katalin Ivanka, Andras Ivanka

© Portrait photos by Stefania Szilagyi for ELLE Dekor



Hungarian Budapest headquartered firm founded in 2003 by two outsiders Katalin Ivanka (b.9 August 1980)and Andras Ivanka (b.17 November 1978) with the educational background of studying law and information technology. Now running „IVANKA Studio” dedicated to envisage design distinction creates desire and „IVANKA Concrete Works” to execute with the background of an organized technological drive based on the versatile nature of concrete – main material chosen for creative expression and experimental ways of discovering unexplored attributes.

IVANKA Design lab and Concrete factory was born to design, to develop and to produce. „To create an environment for ourselves and others of like mind to work together to do the work we all enjoy and are passionate about.” Lives like a living organism that conceived and born, it enters relationships, has values, a unique identity and a personality. Take risks, incite movements, and improve based on both intuition and strategies.

about Maurer-Klimes and Kucsera

We utterly believe that ideas are best nurtured in the open. As a result, IVANKA is a truly open organization, literally and figuratively. Allows to experience collaboration in its more energetic forms which is always exciting. In our partnership with Ákos and Péter we can experience the cumulative creative energy coming from the fusion of practices and an endless curiosity. We are developing each other’s third eye seeing the world another way.


Planting the deceased for later renewal is the earliest known human ritual. Between 20,000 and 75,000 years ago, Neanderthals began to bury their dead. Evidence of many of our contemporary customs appears at Neanderthal sites. Both rituals and monuments for the dead played an important part in everyday living. Now – as a 21st century taboo – death is one those subjects people tend not to like talking about, however it still comes to us all in the end.

Death used to be a nice line of work for architects that generated countless magnificent structures like the tombs and pyramids of Egypt, and the Taj Mahal. The great achievements of modern architecture and design have brought stunning forms to our built environment ‐ yet these qualities often seem to have kept away from the objects for burial. Tombstones haven’t changed much over the last few centuries.

“Creating SEEYOU we went back until to the cradle of traditions to follow.” Developing this project we wanted to re-engage with the original idea of cemeteries. It has been especially important for us in this work to think in both object and soul, material and spirit.



„It is not only architecture and design that establish the material but it is the material that influences architecture, and the discipline of design demands a reciprocal relationship that can move from idea to materiality as well as in the opposite direction moving materiality to idea.”

a shot of fluid in motion

Concrete’s robustness is accompanied with an active force within that expresses the material’s contradictory states of fluidity and cast solidity. Concrete construction projects are antistatic, can be defined as a shot of fluid in motion. Concrete’s plastic characteristics – from fluid to solid, allowing for the production of complex forms – combined with its mass and resilience make ‘free’ transformations possible while efficiently resolving structural and physical demands.


new species

Recent developments in concrete are bringing a different level of inspiration to architects, designers and other practitioners which are much more than technical solutions to design ambitions whose motivations come from other sources. Introducing new properties leaves the realm of the purely visual, and opens the door to programmatic, environmental, physical, psychologiclal and social aspects as well. Design-led experimentations with the degrees of opaqueness and transparancy, dynamics of features, implicit performance of live ingredients result in ‘crossbreeds’ of materials merging components into one another, and led to applications in an individual yet collaborative way. With the integration of different fields of knowledge – constituting a blurred state – best time is now to create new species.

human undrestanding

To create an object, a building, a structure means to create space. Space must be pleasant to the man and well integrated in its environvent because earth participates in everything. Lots of importance is to be adressed to the materials and their use. Through its firm structure, heavy weight and durability concrete transports the idea of a passive strength by its resistance of external forces as a perfect complement of the active force, life energy of every living being. Dual beings are forming one organism coming together for one purpose resulting in a harmonious outcome.

unique solution of the material and shape essence

Beauty follows form. Form comes from nature. The virtue of concrete comes from its being versatile. This versatility makes concrete universally speaking perfectly cope with the order of nature and being inspired by its cleverness. Features of utility and processibility are matched by its sculptural sensitivity. Compared to most conventional solid materials that are difficult or expensive to tool into more complex forms unlike its primary carcass and formwork function, raw concrete suddenly takes on fluidity, stylishness and panache. Concrete mix tends to be very active in adapting a variety of shapes and surface tones enables creators ‘to compose’ with extraordinary richness.



© Photo by Anna Fabricius


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