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.”
The opportunity to do an apartment in the Dakota for the best client in the world, my mom
Nature, Studio 54 and anything French
Rihanna and Chopin
Ed Ruscha, Cecily Brown and Édouard Manet
Favorite Design Eras:
One Item You Put in Every Project:
Designers You Most Admire:
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