Sasha Bikoff is known for her bold and colorful maximalist designs sculpted by her worldly exploits and experiences. Bikoff’s international style is heavily influenced by the multicultural flair of her hometown, New York City, and from her frequent travels to Paris, Marrakesh and Milan. Sasha studied Fine Arts and Art History, beginning her career at a world-renowned art gallery, before establishing her own interior design firm, Sasha Bikoff Interior Design. Give your home décor a shock to the system. Sasha Bikoff’s exclusive consignment brings a rare opportunity to get some of the designer’s famed aesthetic.
We’re always impressed by the amount of work you are able to put out in the world, and we’re curious about your digital tools. Is there anything you use while in the process of designing that is particularly helpful and related to that? Tell us of a “there should be an app for that” moment, something that doesn’t exist yet, but should.
Technology is not my friend — I am a pen and paper type of girl. However, I would love an app where you can put in a floor plan with measurements, and it can calculate wallpaper quantities according to the length and width of the walls, as well as have the pattern repeat.
We know this is hard, but could you tell us about your favorite project you have ever done and why?
My favorite project I have ever done was the apartment in the Dakota. It was my first project that put me on the map. I was 25 years old at the time and I had full creative control to work on this masterpiece of a canvas. It is the project that started it all, and the project in which I developed my aesthetic and ideology as a designer.
What is your most prized design possession? Where did it come from and why is it special to you?
My most prized possession is my Ettore Sottsass mirror. I am a lover of Memphis Milano, and this piece I think is the ultimate in Memphis Milano design because it is so rare. I found it at an auction, and although it was expensive, it’s a piece that will only go up in value. Like any collectible design, it’s an investment.
Does the overall design vibe of your home today reflect in any way the home you grew up in? What rooms or elements of your seminal home made an impression on young Sasha?
I grew up in the ’90s during minimalism, and the home I lived in was very white. My aesthetic is definitely more inspired by the dwellings of my grandparents, both in Miami and Long Island, which was very eccentric. In Miami, it was Versace and Scarface. In Long Island, it was Persian silk Tabrizi rugs and European antiques with puddled silk drapes. I have always had an affinity for opulence and more is more. Design that takes us on a journey and shows a deep sense of self.
What inspired you to create your Versace room for the Milano Salone del Mobile in 2019? What about Versace inspired you?
I was inspired by the ’90s image of all the super models lined up in pastel mohair sweaters and metallic leather miniskirts, combined by some of the more tropical elements of Versace’s Miami era. What inspired me about Versace is the glamour, the femininity, the colors, the patterns and the fact that it oozes confidence.
You once said you wanted to live in a Chinoiserie-styled room, but your designs seem to indicate a love of color and boldness, and people don’t usually associate Chinoiserie with contemporary bold choices. Can you give your take on your love for Chinoiserie and how to marry it to modern design?
My love for Chinoiserie stems from Manet’s painting, Olympia, and how Olympia, his subject, would receive high-end gifts from the Far East. It also stems from the Romanticism movement and Delacroix, and the ideology that Chinoiserie represents an exoticism and is a symbol of wealth.
What can you tell about the items you are consigning on Sotheby’s Home? What made you decide to list them? Is there a recurring theme of provenance you would like the potential buyers to know?
The items I am consigning are whimsical, and they will represent a statement piece in the home. They are the type of things that you don’t see often and have a great deal of character. The most common theme between all my pieces is that they represent happiness and uniqueness.
For the following items, please tell us where you found them, and in what design setting you envision each one of them:
Tubo lounge chair: This is an iconic 1960s Space Age collectible design item that will always hold a place in the history of its design movement.
Tropicana fruit goddess: Vintage oversized signs are a wonderful way to bring art and liveliness into the home.
Boudoir stools: These are of the Hollywood regency era and have been recovered in a fabulous Dolce & Gabbana floral fabric with a hot pink fringe. The idea of taking something old and recovering it with modern fabric is the ultimate guide to modern maximalism.
High-back lounge chair: This is a classic Adrian Pearsall chair recovered in a Dolce & Gabbana remnant fabric — it’s an eco-chic collectible item for the true fashion lover.
Two-seated sofa: This sofa is shaped as a croissant. It’s from the 1980s and recovered in the most perfect pink.
Camel side table: A vintage piece from Morocco. I love anything with animals — it adds a sense of intellect and worldliness to your home.
Iridescent sculpture: A Memphis piece that is very magical, as it’s an iridescent optical illusion.
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