Explorers and dreamers: “Luxury is to be able to be sincere and true to yourself” with Elia Nedkov and Anna Alexandra

Definition of luxury has changed over the past years, it became less materialistic and gained more substance. The Ella Experience had a pleasure to talk about this with an inspiring couple. Not easy to introduce them in few words and put in labeled boxes - Elia Nedkov came from architectural background while Anna Alexandra best known for romantic poetry and capturing paintings. One summer evening, in forgotten square in Palma de Mallorca...

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One summer afternoon
One summer afternoon

TEE: How would you introduce yourself to the person that you have met for the first time?

Elia: Well, I am Elia. I am maybe an explorer and dreamer, curious person and trying to live the life that I want to live. Interested applying my creative ideas to the world. Architect, working as an art director for a very long time in architecture and design. 

Anna Alexandra

Alex: I am Alex, visual artist and poet. We work together with Elia on different art and design projects. I am also very curious and romantic person, and I want to live in a movie like, poetic life. 

TEE: What is the definition of luxury for you?

Alex: It is knowledge and time, something that you cannot buy so easy. If you have these things then you have freedom, this luxury life. Most of all you have time to share! Your work, inspirations, your ideas..You have time to explore and develop your creativity, to get deeper into this.

Elia: Luxury is to be able to be sincere and true to yourself. Without worrying what others can say. Just to live the life you want, the way you imagine it suppose to be. The possibility to melt life and work together in the same pot. Getting up in the morning and seeing that life is waiting for you and having the love of your life besides you. Being sincere with your partner is also a luxury, to be able to share openly.

“I was forced to live like a wild animal and this gave me a lot of strength in my life, gave me a lot of knowledge about myself and life itself.

TEE: People go through life collecting experiences, what is yours that left the deepest memory of them all?

Elia Nedkov

Elia: Of course, I can speak about a lot of experiences, but what gave me a spine to my life, a solid construction  – living in the forest for 3 months. I was forced to live like a wild animal and this gave me a lot of strength in my life, gave me a lot of knowledge about myself and most of all – life itself. I always remember these moments when I am down, this experience gives me something to hold onto. It is something stable, something that I can bounce from and I transformed this experience into something positive, a construction of my life. 

Alex: It is a very difficult question for me because I am a writer, story collector and very sensitive person. Everything for me can be super exciting, emotional and inspiring. Life itself is an experience.

TEE: Elia, as an architect – what methods do you use to construct your own life? What are the rules or guidelines that you follow?

Architectural rules, of course. And this is serious – for example in life I am trying not to project things that are going to fall. But it doesn’t mean that you should not take a risk. I am not talking about trying to built a balcony with no fundaments, that would be stupid. I just like this philosophical approach and I believe that architecture is very primal, a knowledge imbedded in us. I try to break borders to build something more constructive. People are busy building, but sometimes you have to destroy to keep the essence. Just don’t get bored building the same! 

And what is you professional project at the moment?

I am very new here in Palma de Mallorca, but recently I found out that there are good leather workers here, so decided to do a collection of handbags. 

TEE: Alex, which colour brings you the biggest pleasure? Do you have stages of enjoying one tone more than the other?

Green is mine, don’t want to tell favourite colour, but green gives me pleasure somehow. I love to explore this colour, to mix paint, to go deep in green. Maybe because I love plants? My all family is professionally into botanic field, so when I was little girl my grad-parents used to take me to scientific trips to Bulgaria’s woods and forests, thought me latin names of all the plants. I adore nature, I need to touch green leaves, smell it, dive into it. 

There are certain colours that connect with me in different periods of my life and I am jumping into it. At the moment my time is dedicated to one mythological project: I interpreted one ancient poem and with Elia’s help and collaboration with one composer there will be live performance at the end of summer. 

“We are so open to each other that we could kill one another with a tiny little slip, we could even destroy…knowing this is very sensitive experience”.

TEE: Being two liberated and creative people under the same roof – is this the blessing?

Elia: Definitely.

Alex: We are more and more open to everything. We work very well together.

Elia: We are amplifying each other and discovering infinite things. In our case – our life feels like waves, you dive in to completely delicate and respectful way of knowing each other. It is very intense, it is everywhere: in the food, kitchen, music, eagerness to discover…We are best friends, best lovers, partners. We are so open to each other that we could kill one another with a tiny little slip, we could even destroy… knowing this is very sensitive experience. It is like walking on the rope, if I fall – I will crash, totally, sure. Alex and I are very similar, we do not complete each other, we amplify one another. We are the same thing.

Everybody has a different understanding of luxury, but we can all agree that the time is gold. Use it wisely, create memorable experiences.

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