Nina Yashar


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best known as the founder of Mi­lan’s Nil­u­far gallery, a tem­ple of de­sign and style.

Be­sides be­ing one of the most stylish women in de­sign (you can’t miss her at Salone del Mo­bile, decked out in her chic sig­na­ture tur­ban and over­size ear­rings), Nina Yashar also runs one of the world’s most ven­er­ated de­sign gal­leries, Nil­u­far. Her life changed while ven­tur­ing north. “I dis­cov­ered the world of de­sign on a trip across Scan­di­navia,” she says. “At the time I was fo­cussed only on col­lect­ing and ex­hibit­ing an­tique and con­tem­po­rary car­pets, but in­stead of com­ing back to Mi­lan with them, I brought back a lot of fine arm­chairs and so­fas, which shocked ev­ery­one!” Along­side col­lab­o­rat­ing and sup­port­ing emerg­ing de­sign­ers at Nil­u­far, her cur­rent pas­sion is vin­tage Ital­ian, Brazil­ian and Mex­i­can de­sign. She be­lieves suc­cess­ful de­sign is about bal­ance. “Ev­ery­one’s per­son­al­ity and vi­sion is char­ac­terised by both fem­i­nine and male as­pects, and the fem­i­nine side is some­times un­der­es­ti­mated. Find­ing the right com­bi­na­tion between them is the way.”

FROM LEFT Nina Yashar and In­dia Mah­davi at the Chez Nina in­stal­la­tion, de­signed by Mah­davi, at Mi­lan De­sign Week 2018.

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