Yakusha Design oversaw the interiors, with studio founder Victoria Yakusha – also the founder of furniture brand Faina – choosing to retain as much of the space’s historic details as possible. Original wooden ceiling beams have been left in place, adding a rustic feel to the space, while walls were given a fresh coat of natural paint to allow them to breathe.
Faina Gallery’s colour palette is rooted in the natural world, complimenting Yakusha’s ‘live design’ approach – which prioritises connections with nature, and tactile experiences. Pieces on display include pebble-shaped sofas, stem-like vases, and a dining table and chairs that loos as though they’re carved from stone, but are actually made from upcycled steel.
Other objects in the gallery speak to Ukrainian craft tradition, for example, a pendant lamp made from willow vine that references straw roofs, and a set of vases shaped like the Ukrainian bandura instrument. The space also displays smaller pieces by Faina, including bagel-esque vases that reference traditional festive pottery.
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