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Irakli Zaria – The Japanese and Mid-Century Apartment

Irakli Zaria grew up in Tbilisi, Georgia, in a cozy apartment with a modest outdoor and a gorgeous view of the city. In his house, his favorite part was the huge library with a large collection of books on architecture, art history, and, of course, Russian classics by Pushkin, Lermontov, and Tolstoy.
In this article, you are going to find out the outstanding furniture and decoration that he used in this Japanese and mid-century apartment.

Mid-century Apartment

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At 17/18 he had his first contact with interior design. As interest continued to grow, he decided to go to Moscow to study at the Details Design School. Years later, he ended up opening his own interior design company.

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The Galerie Glustin sofa in the sitting room is covered in a Dominique Kieffer velvet, the brass nesting tables are vintage, and the bronze consoles and mirrors are Italian. The curtains are of an embroidered Dedar silk, the wallpaper is by Holland & Sherry, the 1925 ceramic bowl is by Edouard Cazaux, and the Venetian glass decanters are from the 1960s.

Most of his projects are residential and most of his clients are in Moscow, where he now resides. Also designed several international projects, including an 1880s apartment in Barcelona and a 1950s villa in Cannes, France.

This duplex apartment in London is owned by a Russian couple with 3 young children and they often travel to London. He is a businessman, and she is a well-known fashion blogger. It is a modern building overlooking Hyde Park, surrounded by neoclassical houses.

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A 1970s French faux ­bamboo–and–gilt bronze bench sits beneath a Marc Cavell’s artwork in the dining room.

Mid-century Apartment

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In the opposite corner, the 1980s chaise lounge is by Vladimir Kagan, the turquoise-and-brass tables are by Kam Tin, the 1960s floor lamp is Italian, and the pastel on paper is by Alexey Kamensky.

The couple wanted a nice, relaxed place that didn’t look too “London-ish”. Irakli Zaria soon realized that he had to incorporate a little color into the spaces to contrast London’s characteristic gray weather. The woman shared the designer’s passion for furniture from the 1950s to the 1970s, so 80% of the furniture is vintage.

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The dining room’s 1940s oak sideboard and 1960s ceramic lamps are French. The Japanese screen is from the 16th century, and the brass-and-glass chandelier is 1980s Italian.

For Irakli Zaria, carpets are the biggest painting in a living room, the designer started with this very important piece in any room. The patterns are inspired by ancient Japanese Art Deco.

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In the sitting room, the three armchairs are from the 1960s, the cocktail tables and custom screens are by Galerie Glustin, and the 1970s Pino Signoretto vase is Venetian. The silk rug and gilt mirror are both custom, and the drypoint print on the mantel is by Oleg Kudryashov.

After choosing carpets, the color palette is another important point to take into account. For this apartment, Irakli Zaria chose a palette composed of shades of turquoise.

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The daughter’s custom bed is covered in a bedspread made from a Pierre Frey silk. The Milo Baughman bench, Italian glass-and-brass cabinet, and Murano lamp are all from the 1970s, the silk carpet and plaster-relief clouds are custom, and the 1950s chandelier is by Carlo Scarpa.

Designer Irakli Zaria is known for always incorporating Japanese and Chinese art and antiques into his projects. In this project, there are two Japanese screens. One of them is hung above the headboard in the master bedroom from the 17th century and gives the room a vibrant and cozy feel.

Mid-century Apartment

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In the master bedroom, the custom headboard is in a Holland & Sherry velvet, the nightstand is from the 1970s, and the 1935 leather lamp is by Paul Dupré-Lafon. The screen is 17th-­century Japanese, and the metallic raffia wallcovering is by Phillip Jeffries.

Japan’s other gold screen is in the dining room. It is a 16th-century piece with 15th-century Chinese love letter inserts. The paint hangs in the dining room, offsetting the vintage raffia chairs Milo Baughman, and a Karl Springer table that looks like marble but is actually leather goat covered with many layers of lacquer.

Mid-century Apartment

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