Katya Bakhirka Finds Inspiration and Peace By way of Her Favourite {Photograph}


What makes a purchase order “value it”? The reply is totally different for everyone, so we’re asking a number of the coolest, most-shopping-savvy individuals we all know—from small-business homeowners to designers, artists to actorsto inform us the story behind one in all their most prized possessions.

Katya sitting subsequent to her prized {photograph}.


Born in Ukraine, the multifaceted artistic Katya Bakhirka realized at a younger age she wished to find the world and by age 21 moved to the UK to review movie and comparative literature at Queen Mary College of London. “Getting my diploma and dwelling in such a various and vibrant metropolis modified me perpetually,” she says. “I used to be uncovered to the best artwork on the earth and essentially the most unimaginable structure.” After ending her diploma, Katya moved to Los Angeles earlier than touring to South America. 

All these cultural experiences had a big effect on her type and style. In 2020 she determined to return residence and launched her trend model Bakhirka Attire in Kyiv. However her expertise doesn’t cease there: She’s additionally a hip-hop artist and the founding father of The Deep Forest Basis, a charitable group that gives philanthropic help to indigenous communities.


“It’s arduous to select one favourite merchandise as a result of my house is stuffed with love!” Katya confesses. “But it surely needs to be one thing from my artwork assortment. I might say it’s {a photograph} by Michael Kenna from his works on Japan.”

Designed by Olga Fradina, Katya’s condominium is small—solely 484 sq. ft—but practical and comfy. Each inch was maximized and the fabric and coloration palette contributed to the cohesive look.

The place?

“It sits on my desk, and I get very impressed after I see this refined and poignant black and white print.”


“First, I purchased Michael Kenna’s guide in London and introduced it to my residence,” Katya remembers. “It sat on my desk for a while, and I might look by way of it each morning. Then I made a decision that it was time to get one in all his works, and I discovered {a photograph} that I actually love. I bought this piece in a gallery in Italy after my condominium was fully completed. I felt that this black and white print can be an excellent addition and a spotlight to the darker tones of the picket theme in my residence.”

Michael Kenna’s guide “Types of Japan” has been flipped by way of numerous occasions. 


“To me, this {photograph} represents the music of silence,” Katya says. “You may virtually hear the sound of the wind once you have a look at it; you’ll be able to hear the steps on the snow; you are feeling that this shot was taken in the course of nowhere. Each time I have a look at it, I really feel that nothing exists besides the common-or-garden witness. I begin to breathe slowly. And from there, you can begin creating.”

Twenty Sticks, Kohoku, Honshu, Japan, 2003 by Michael Kenna

Michael Kenna: Types of Japan

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