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Nina Yashar’s apartment in Milan

The New York Times T Magazine has dedicated an extensive article to Nina Yashar’s home in Milan. The founder of the Milanese design gallery Nilufar explains how her work has redefined her experience of design.

Nina Yashar openend her appartment in the central Milan to the New Tork Times. As one would expect from the founder and owner of the legendary Milanese design gallery Nilufar, it’s filled with the work of midcentury masters alongside unusual antiques and cutting-edge piece.

The two-story apartment looks more like a cool gallery rather than a family home; The walls are frescoed and engraved with ornate Persian patterns and symbols. Even some of the Furniture could be mistaken for art pieces.

“The fashion in the late ’80s, early ’90s in Italy was to cover walls with fabric or paper, but I wanted something different … I wanted to make the walls more precious, so he suggested putting fresco not just on the ceilings but on the walls as well.”

Yashar doesn’t exactly follow trends, she boldly mixes the historic with the contemporary, the local with the foreign. You’ll find an 18th-century Tibetan cabinet with a modern Scandinavian rug and a Chinese chandelier. This is related to her upbringing and early career. She’s from persian descents but grew up in Milan since the age of six. After studying art history, she spent six months working for her father as an Oriental rug merchant then decided to open a showroom. She traveled across Europe and Scandinavia to fill it, which was what triggered her passion for furniture.

In Yashar’s ever-changing collection at home, a Grazia Toderi photograph near a table by Hans Bellman. Andrea Ferrari

In Yashar’s ever-changing collection at home, a Grazia Toderi photograph near a table by Hans Bellman. Andrea Ferrari

In Yashar’s home, a painting by Piero Pizzi Cannella hangs near a leather armchair by Jacques Adnet. Andrea Ferrari

In Yashar’s home, a painting by Piero Pizzi Cannella hangs near a leather armchair by Jacques Adnet. Andrea Ferrari

Chairs by Melchiorre Bega and an Italia Garda table by Massimiliano Locatelli. Andrea Ferrari

Chairs by Melchiorre Bega and an Italia Garda table by Massimiliano Locatelli. Andrea Ferrari

Jiang Congyi’s ‘‘Beijing Belle’’ over a bed by Osvaldo Borsani. Andrea Ferrari

Jiang Congyi’s ‘‘Beijing Belle’’ over a bed by Osvaldo Borsani. Andrea Ferrari

A desk and chair by Jean Royère. Andrea Ferrari

A desk and chair by Jean Royère. Andrea Ferrari

In the kitchen, an Artichoke ceiling lamp by Poul Henningsen with table and chairs by Giancarlo Montebello. Andrea Ferrari

In the kitchen, an Artichoke ceiling lamp by Poul Henningsen with table and chairs by Giancarlo Montebello. Andrea Ferrari

Yashar in her Milan home. Beside her is a lamp by Gae Aulenti on a table by Frank Lloyd Wright and Warren McArthur. Andrea Ferrari

Yashar in her Milan home. Beside her is a lamp by Gae Aulenti on a table by Frank Lloyd Wright and Warren McArthur. Andrea Ferrari

You can read the whole story here on T Magazine