The Talent

Sasha Bikoff Delivers the Lush Life

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Designer Sasha Bikoff lounges in the bedroom of a Manhattan apartment that exemplifies her signature mix of French antiques and mid-century style. Top: A Milo Baughman sectional, velvet-upholstered Dorothy Draper chairs and an ice-cream cone painting by Donald Baechler create a fanciful feeling in the silk-lined living room. All photos by Patrick Cline, unless otherwise noted

When Sasha Bikoff touched down in Paris for a year of study abroad during college, she was ready to live the dream of every art history student, taking part in enviable internships at both the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. And yet she found herself transfixed by the Paris design and decorative arts scene instead.

The New York native spent much of her time outside class browsing the antiques stores of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and every weekend at the city’s famous Marché aux Puces. And she made pilgrimages to Italy to see examples of Memphis Milano furniture and Murano glass. But she wasn’t just shopping. The ever-inquisitive student was photographing everything that caught her eye and reading up on her favorite designers, periods and styles. “I became obsessed with Pierre Cardin and Pierre Paulin and this whole space age style from the sixties and seventies,” she says. When she returned home to New York, she carried with her a passion for interiors as well as several binders filled with pictures.

Although it would be several years before Bikoff turned her full attention to decorating, it’s clear to anyone who sets foot in her recently opened Tribeca showroom or one of her myriad interiors projects that her enthusiasm for French antiques hasn’t faded. Meanwhile, she has trained her dealer’s eye on numerous other over-the-top design moments throughout history.

French Empire stools and mid-century mushroom lamps stand beside Louis XVI armchairs upholstered in Hermès silk scarves and Lucite seating by Charles Hollis Jones. It’s a flamboyant mix that careens wildly between eras, styles and even — intentionally — taste levels. “I’m bringing something that didn’t really exist into the New York design world,” Bikoff says. “My antiques are not your grandmother’s antiques, and my design doesn’t rely on minimalism in order to be chic. It’s colorful, it’s fun, it’s whimsical, and it’s relevant.”


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A moody bedroom sheathed in navy grass cloth features matching built-in bookcases and a custom headboard in a J. Mendel fabric.

Early Influences:

The Marché aux Puces, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s Paris apartment, Jacques Grange and Dorothy Draper

Big Break:

The opportunity to do an apartment in the Dakota for the best client in the world, my mom

Inspired by:

Nature, Studio 54 and anything French

Current Playlist:

Rihanna and Chopin

Favorite Artists:

Ed Ruscha, Cecily Brown and Édouard Manet

Favorite Design Eras:

1960s space age, 1970s glam and 1980s Memphis Milano

One Item You Put in Every Project:

Wallpaper

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Sasha Bikoff Delivers the Lush Life

A pair of Pierre Paulin’s Groovy chairs, an antique French settee and a Karl Springer coffee table occupy the living room of a home in Purchase, New York. The ceiling fixture is by Barovier & Toso. Photo by Nicole Cohen

In Bikoff’s Tribeca triplex, the master suite contains an ebonized-bamboo bed by Ralph Lauren Home, a Dorothy Draper chest and a Womb chair by Eero Saarinen.

A striped rug from Roberta Freymann, a vintage bicycle and a diverse collection of artworks animate the home’s entryway.

A decorative ashtray and set of playing cards from Hermès and coasters by Nir Hod from Paul Kasmin Gallery sit atop a fractured-glass coffee table.

Glossy red cabinetry from Restoration Hardware and Ralph Lauren Home industrial lights accent a bachelor’s apartment on Manhattan’s Astor Place.

In the same residence, the living area is furnished with a Timothy Oulton coffee table made from antique Indonesian railway ties and a velvet sofa from Wolf Home.

 

For this year’s DIFFA Dining by Design charity event, Bikoff  hung a mid-century Murano glass chandelier from a canopy of tropical flora. The walls are lined in de Gournay‘s Le Eden wallpaper, and the furnishings are by Christian Liaigre. Photo by Pablo Enriquez

Designers You Most Admire:

Jacques Grange, Peter Marino, Alex Papachristidis, Iris Apfel, Madeleine Castaing and Dorothy Draper

Favorite Summer Getaway Spot:

The French Riviera

Drink of Choice:

Don Julio 1942 on the rocks

Manhattan Watering Holes:

Happy Ending and Up and Down

Go-To Dinner Places in New York:

Red Farm and Bar Pitti

On the Nightstand:

A picture of my mom pregnant with my twin brother and me, a Mother Goose vintage lamp, my glasses, some white roses and a bottle of Smartwater

 


Sasha Bikoff’s Quick Picks on 1stdibs

“I am a lover of anything French. The seats and arms of these Rococo-inspired chairs are upholstered in Hermès scarves from the ’80s, and the seat backs are a canary-yellow cashmere. It’s a fresh, new take on the old.”

“A dream item. It’s pink and illuminated — enough said!”

“These chairs are very ’70s French modernist. They were redone with Oscar de la Renta remnant cashmere and inspired by a Damien Hirst pink-and-blue butterfly diptych.”

“I love Italian mid-century glass furniture. The colors on these are so fun and definitely make a statement.”

“This sofa in the shape of a croissant is fun and sexy in a J. Mendel hot-pink silk-velvet remnant fabric.”

“I saw these in the Marché in Paris, and I thought they were adorable for a kid’s room. They’re really special and rare.”

“I love this Chanel chain pillow I made. It’s very Rihanna.”

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