Five Questions For: Dasha Zhukova
Dasha Zhukova, founder of the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, has curated a collection of design objects exclusively for Artsy. These coveted pieces are unique or part of a limited edition, all priced under $10,000. See Dasha’s Design Picks
Artsy: How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Dasha Zhukova: I like to juxtapose objects and spaces from different generations. For example, at the Garage [Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow], we utilized a historic space to showcase the best of contemporary. We will do the same for the Garage’s new home in Gorky Park, as well as incorporating cutting edge design from Rem Koolhaas. I think the context, location and lineage of a space should ultimately inform its design; and when you bring together the best of different eras, it can create interesting dialogues.
Artsy: Can you tell us about particular designers and/or pieces that you collect?
DZ: I have a place in my heart for midcentury design. I love Jean Prouvé, from his prefab houses to his furniture design. Of living designers, I admire the Campana Brothers; their work is very clever and playful. Marc Newson is amazing; I have a few of his works. I also am interested in instances in which visual artists intersect with design, like how Jim Lambie will encompass an entire wall, floor, or staircase. Design really thrives when it pushes boundaries.
Artsy: Can you talk about collecting design, in terms of aesthetics versus function, or the balance of the two?
DZ: I think design should be comfortable, not just beautiful. It’s a delicate balance, especially when the work is being conceived by such unique personalities. I think if you’re a devoted collector of design, you want something you can love to live with but also live in.
Artsy: Is there a piece of furniture (generally or specifically) that you live with that you couldn’t live without?
DZ: I can’t live without a comfortable sofa. I'm a couch potato.
Artsy: Where do you find your design inspiration?
DZ: Each day brings different inspiration, but I think movies really permeate my design aesthetic. I mean, what instance puts more thought into how a space looks and functions than the set of a classic film? Sound, light, movement, balance—everything is accounted for.
About Dasha Zhukova: In 2008, Moscow-born curator and collector Dasha Zhukova founded the IRIS Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and development of contemporary culture throughout the world. Through IRIS, Dasha launched the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, what has fast become the city’s most prominent institution exhibiting modern and contemporary art. In addition to her work with institutions, Dasha has been involved in a number of successful business ventures in the fashion and design fields. In September 2011, she launched the latest extension of the Garage CCC, Garage Magazine, a pioneering publication acting as a creative bridge between the worlds of art and fashion. Dasha is the Co-Founder and Creative Director at Artsy.
Portrait by Patrick Demarchelier
Photo caption (second photo from top): Dasha Zhukova's study.