The FAINA Gallery brand of Ukrainian designer Victoria Yakusha has received the award for Best Presentation at the annual design exhibition Design Miami/Basel.The FAINA Gallery brand of Ukrainian designer Victoria Yakusha has received the award for Best Presentation at the annual design exhibition Design Miami/Basel.
The Ukrainian designs were presented for the first time at the prestigious design exhibition in Basel, Switzerland. Faina Gallery brand designer Victoria Yakusha called her exposition “Stepping on Ukrainian Land.”
“For us, land has never been just a territory,” Yakusha said.
“The land itself is somewhat sacred. This is what we get our strength from. After the start of the war, many told me that they felt the power of their ancestors, the power of the earth, but did not understand how and where it came from.”
The central element of the “Stepping on the Ukrainian land” presentation was a two-meter tapestry called Zemlia (“earth” in Ukrainian). It symbolizes the earth and is woven from Carpathian wool. Its texture is designed to echo the texture of Ukraine’s famous black soil. The long strands on the tapestry symbolize connection with the earth. The tapestry was created in accordance with the tradition of Hutsul lizhnykarstvo, with the designer's adaptations.
Along with the tapestry, a series of rough Volyky animal-shaped benches and some massive Duzhyi chairs were presented as well.
As Yakusha noted, each item was produced in Ukraine during the war.