todayJanuary 23, 2022
The retail space, named Faina Gallery, is set inside a 500-year-old building.
As a result, the studio steered away from making major structural alterations to avoid disturbing its historic framework.
Instead, the Ukrainian studio devised a new colour palette, painting walls throughout the shop in earthy shades that evoke the natural world.
“Nothing is more powerful than the energy of earth. When standing on bare earth, I am one with nature, I gain strength.”
Upon entering Faina Gallery, visitors walk into a room almost entirely washed with a deep, mossy green paint.
The only surfaces untouched by the colour are the grey terrazzo floors and the ceiling, which has been left in its original state.
There is also a beige edition of the Plyn sofa, with its gently curving cushions stacked on top of each other “like stones that have been naturally polished by wild waters”.
A bespoke stainless steel shelving unit runs the length of one of the walls.
Designed to resemble a cabinet of curiosities, it showcases an array of Faina’s ceramic ornaments alongside a number of scents for the home.
The storage unit is interrupted by a steel-lined doorway that leads through to Faina Gallery’s second room.
This space has been painted jet-black in a nod to chernozem, a highly fertile black soil that is found in abundance throughout Ukraine.
The furniture presented here is dark, too. One corner of the room is dominated by a black version of Faina’s hole-punctured Ztista table while a charcoal-grey model of the brand’s bulbous Domna chair sits nearby.
There’s also a wall-mounted black tapestry emblazoned with the word “earth”, written in the symbol-based writing system of the ancient Cucuteni-Trypillia civilisation, which lived in Ukraine in the fifth millennium BC.
Victoria Yakusha established her eponymous studio in 2006 before launching Faina in 2014.
The photography is by Piet-Albert Goethals.
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