“It has always been my goal to bring life, happiness, love, fun and whimsy into everything I do,” says interior designer Sasha Bikoff. Known for her whimsical mashups that blend design styles from 18th century French rococo to 1980s Italian Memphis Milano, the millennial maven recently debuted two magical collections: lighting with Currey & Company and fabrics and wallpaper for Vervain.
“My collection of fabrics and wallpapers was developed because I couldn’t find this juxtaposition of both luxury and fun,” Bikoff says of the fresh and fun Vervain launch. Uptown Toile delivers a modern riff on an old-world classic in both a fabric and a wallcovering. (Gone are traditional 18th century pastoral picnic scenes in favor of more playful vignettes like Brigitte Bardot on the French Riviera, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin dancing in a nightclub and Audrey Hepburn walking down Fifth Avenue.) “I am a lover of anything French, and toile has always been a classical pattern that has resonated with me,” she adds. “However, I never really connected with the old-world subject matter, so I set off to create a toile that depicted a woman living her best life.”
Elsewhere in the range, a lipstick-pink velvet fabric simultaneously nods to the designer’s favorite lip gloss and to Salvador Dalí’s iconic Lips sofa. “I called it Lipgloss because it has that Wet n Wild look,” Bikoff says. Favorite Things (fabric and wallpaper) pays homage to major moments like Madonna’s JeanPaul Gaultier corset and Gwen Stefani’s John Galliano-designed Dior wedding dress, while La Discotheque is inspired by Bikoff’s own Azzedine Alaïa coat. “The Lurex thread is handwoven, and it’s the faintest and most elegant sparkle,” she says of the textile, which recalls crushed diamonds set against a midnight sky.
“Fabric has this power to take us to different places and remind us of different things and time periods, and that’s what my goal was for this collection: to create something whimsical, feminine, fun and pretty,” she says. Also forthcoming: Bikoff’s lighting with Currey & Company— inspired by Miami in the 1950s and ’80s—is slated to debut this spring. What can she say? The girl just wants to have fun.