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LIFESTYLE

The Art of Living

Emily Allen

Interior designer Sasha Bikoff has a distinct, colorful style that sets her apart. Fairweather publisher Alexandra Fairweather caught up with Bikoff recently for an inspiring Q&A.

When did you first become interested in interior design?

Sasha Bikoff: When I moved to Paris my junior year of college. I lived in the apartment of designer Lisa Fine, and her home was like a little Parisian jewel box with Indian and eastern influences. The walls were fabric, with a matching fabric headboard, lampshades, and rug; it looked amazing. It was also in the premiere antiquing area in Paris, Saint Germain; I would wander around the city and the marchés aux puces [flea markets], teaching myself everything I could about the furniture and the time period it came from. 

We love how your interior designs have incredible color and personality. What inspires you?

Mostly paintings from different artists and time periods. I studied painting in school and love to paint as a creative outlet. My use of colors comes from nature. If you picture a field of multicolored wildflowers under a blue sky, they all look great together.

What’s your favorite design project to date?

The Dakota. It was my mother’s apartment and my first project, and it allowed me to fully realize my creative vision and the direction I wanted to take my firm in.

How do you define your style?

It’s a combination of 18th-century French Rococo, 1960s Space Age Modern, 1970s Studio 54, and 1980s Memphis Milano. It’s definitely a mix of various decades and aesthetics, but we make them work together.

We love your shop. What are some of your favorite items?

The Pierre Paulin blue-and-pink groovy chairs with matching ottomans and my croissant hot-pink silk velvet settee.

What are your favorite colors?

Blush and canary yellow.

Do you have a favorite texture that you like to work with? 

I love to work with silk and silk velvet. Both are such luxurious fabrics.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“Believe in yourself.”

What’s your favorite place in NYC?

Central Park. 

What do you do for fun?

I like to party and travel with my friends.

By Alexandra Fairweather

Photos courtesy of Patrick Cline