Irakli Zaria Interiors

This Moscow-based designer has an affinity for curvaceous forms and European 1920s and ’30s furniture, as well as a taste for highly dramatic touches that are tempered with soothing palettes.

All photos by Mikhail Loskutov

A distinctly cosmopolitan drama imbues the work of Moscow-based designer Irakli Zaria, as evidenced in this townhouse in the Russian capital. How to get any work done at the Onda-C desk (by Giancarlo Pretazzoli, a 1stDibs purchase), with its captivating curves? Although quite a few of the vintage pieces in the room are now hotly collected — the de Sede sofa, Philip Arctander Clam chair and Charlotte Perriand stool, for instance — Zaria says he aims for something more than modishness. “I’ve never set a goal to be current or trendy in my work,” he maintains. “I just select and match the pieces of furniture and art with charisma and expressiveness — different but always special.”

“I love it when totally different shapes and forms unexpectedly engage in dialogue, as is the case with the stainless-steel desk by Giancarlo Pretazzoli, the leather armchair by Joe Colombo and Gaetano Sciolari’s steel wall sconce.”

Design philosophy?

“Maybe it’s because it’s my focus as a designer, but to me, home is a sacred place worth being filled with only significant pieces that are capable of engendering emotions and making lasting impressions.”

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