Liana Yaroslavsky

I was born in a snowy city called Leningrad, today St. Petersburg. The effigy of Lenin adorned my school uniform. My childhood is evenings at the Kirov Ballet, Sundays at a dacha in the countryside, intelligentsia gatherings at my mother’s apartment, with my grandfather at the piano, my grandmother’s paintings and my father – editor of art books. Life in the USSR: breakfasts of caviar on toast, but oranges and bananas are a rare luxury. Lack of other freedoms, Russians read a lot; I read The Master and Marguerite by Bulgakov, Dostoeïvski, Tolstoy, Garcia Marquez, Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Kundera.

We emigrate from the USSR to breathe freely. Goodbye Soviet grayness.

I am twenty years old, I live in New York. New York: intense, magical, boiling over with people of all nationalities, a beehive of artists and galleries. Absolute modernity. I study at Parsons School of Design; sculpture, painting and graphic design. I discover at MOMA the famous “boxes” of the surrealist Joseph Cornell and deconstructions of Joseph Beuys.

I move to Paris for love, the most beautiful city in the world (after Venice!). I work as artistic director for the Grand Palais, Les Arts Décoratifs, the French Ministry of Culture.

Change of direction.
I decorate the walls of houses with Ready-made and mixed media (photos+sketches+objects+textures).
I buy at the flea market 19th Century watercolors and a Murano chandelier, I take the watercolors and the chandelier, turn it upside down, spread the branches out like flowers and insert the whole thing in a glass cube. It is a surreal coffee table.
I discover my own art.

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My creations are a reflection of our century: cosmopolitan, post-modern; eclectic; combining styles, mixing the World of Yesterday and the Beautiful Today.
My approach is iconoclastic: marry our time with the past, practice art with free spirit, interlace the objects, a tryst between the strange, the technology and art. Combine the good and the bad taste; the style and the look; the timeless and l’air du temps; the past with the future.
Venetian chandeliers dismembered, recomposed and allied to other objects to produce a piece of functional furniture or modern lighting … Purism + baroque; decadence in plexiglas; minimalism and exuberance; luminous abstractions within the hyper-visual tableaux; erudite staging, ordered, conceptualized and haphazard surrealism; parquet flirts with crystal; rectangular glass boxes + the soft femininity of feathers; luxury in transparency.

The world is a vast treasure trove: Parisian Flea markets, auction houses, glassmakers of Venice. Find an old object, dissect it, go in search of other companions, unite them, produce the rest. Orchestrating all. The result is an ultimately contemporary work of art in interior decoration.

The same marriage of aesthetics of styles and eras, materials, order and chaos drives me in interior decoration. Modernism is a great thing but purity of shapes, lines and volumes often lacks soul, warmth, fantasy and dream. The interior spaces that I design, as different as they are in styles, all bear this search for the soul of the space, which is intended for our eyes as much as the imagination of our senses.

Yesterday was Paris. Today I opened a new design and interior decoration studio in Los Angeles. Why Los Angeles? Because LA is a world-city, where all nationalities, cultures, artists from around the world are gathering and I bring, in my turn, my atom of creativity in this great cauldron where the future is invented. Because it’s an endless city, a city of space, a city of light and color. And then to build on the great seismic crack of California while waiting for the Big One, L.A. is the city of the moment, of the good life, of freedom and adventure. L.A. equals Optimism.
It is also a capital of Design, which gave birth to the Light and Space Movement, the Mid-century Modern, Minimalism and Postmodernism. To confront this artistic environment is a challenge for me.

“Changing place, changing time, changing thoughts, changing future”

I was born in a snowy city called Leningrad, today St. Petersburg. The effigy of Lenin adorned my school uniform. My childhood is evenings at the Kirov Ballet, Sundays at a dacha in the countryside, intelligentsia gatherings at my mother’s apartment, with my grandfather at the piano, my grandmother’s paintings and my father – editor of art books. Life in the USSR: breakfasts of caviar on toast, but oranges and bananas are a rare luxury. Lack of other freedoms, Russians read a lot; I read The Master and Marguerite by Bulgakov, Dostoeïvski, Tolstoy, Garcia Marquez, Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Kundera.

We emigrate from the USSR to breathe freely. Goodbye Soviet grayness.

I am twenty years old, I live in New York. New York: intense, magical, boiling over with people of all nationalities, a beehive of artists and galleries. Absolute modernity. I study at Parsons School of Design; sculpture, painting and graphic design. I discover at MOMA the famous “boxes” of the surrealist Joseph Cornell and deconstructions of Joseph Beuys.

I move to Paris for love, the most beautiful city in the world (after Venice!). I work as artistic director for the Grand Palais, Les Arts Décoratifs, the French Ministry of Culture.

Change of direction.
I decorate the walls of houses with Ready-made and mixed media (photos+sketches+objects+textures).
I buy at the flea market 19th Century watercolors and a Murano chandelier, I take the watercolors and the chandelier, turn it upside down, spread the branches out like flowers and insert the whole thing in a glass cube. It is a surreal coffee table.
I discover my own art.

My creations are a reflection of our century: cosmopolitan, post-modern; eclectic; combining styles, mixing the World of Yesterday and the Beautiful Today.
My approach is iconoclastic: marry our time with the past, practice art with free spirit, interlace the objects, a tryst between the strange, the technology and art. Combine the good and the bad taste; the style and the look; the timeless and l’air du temps; the past with the future.
Venetian chandeliers dismembered, recomposed and allied to other objects to produce a piece of functional furniture or modern lighting … Purism + baroque; decadence in plexiglas; minimalism and exuberance; luminous abstractions within the hyper-visual tableaux; erudite staging, ordered, conceptualized and haphazard surrealism; parquet flirts with crystal; rectangular glass boxes + the soft femininity of feathers; luxury in transparency.

The world is a vast treasure trove: Parisian Flea markets, auction houses, glassmakers of Venice. Find an old object, dissect it, go in search of other companions, unite them, produce the rest. Orchestrating all. The result is an ultimately contemporary work of art in interior decoration.

The same marriage of aesthetics of styles and eras, materials, order and chaos drives me in interior decoration. Modernism is a great thing but purity of shapes, lines and volumes often lacks soul, warmth, fantasy and dream. The interior spaces that I design, as different as they are in styles, all bear this search for the soul of the space, which is intended for our eyes as much as the imagination of our senses.

Yesterday was Paris. Today I opened a new design and interior decoration studio in Los Angeles. Why Los Angeles? Because LA is a world-city, where all nationalities, cultures, artists from around the world are gathering and I bring, in my turn, my atom of creativity in this great cauldron where the future is invented. Because it’s an endless city, a city of space, a city of light and color. And then to build on the great seismic crack of California while waiting for the Big One, L.A. is the city of the moment, of the good life, of freedom and adventure. L.A. equals Optimism.
It is also a capital of Design, which gave birth to the Light and Space Movement, the Mid-century Modern, Minimalism and Postmodernism. To confront this artistic environment is a challenge for me.

“Changing place, changing time, changing thoughts, changing future”

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