Hermès scarves, Roberto Cavalli silk prints and floral Gucci fabrics are among the vintage textiles reimagined into one-of-a-kind furnishings by New York-based interior designer Sasha Bikoff. Known for her bold use of colour and pattern, Bikoff has created a niche within her design business by incorporating textiles with special sentimental value – your grandmother’s jacket, a favourite dress – and using them to reupholster everything from 19th-century French tufted side chairs ($6,500) to Billy Baldwin stools (from $2,250).
Recent commissions have included a pair of yellow Oscar de la Renta cashmere-backed fauteuil chairs ($8,000) with rare Hermès silk scarf seat cushions; an Adrian Pearsall high-back chair ($8,000) covered in a brilliant purple Dolce & Gabbana print; an antique gilded French chaise ($10,500) swathed in a slate-blue Oscar de la Renta print; and rare 18th-century French tufted chairs ($7,650) covered in a striking Alexander McQueen floral print.
Cushions (from $1,250) also use limited edition Hermès silk scarves for statement making on a smaller scale. Graphic Piero Fornasetti pillows ($1,000 per pair) are a common request, and all pieces can be backed in cashmere, velvet or linen, and further embellished with tassels or metallic fringing.