Green-painted room with green Faina couch and circular mirror in Antwerp's Faina Gallery by Yakusha Design

Yakusha Design creates earthy interiors for Antwerp's Faina Gallery

A colour scheme informed by soil and moss features inside this showroom in Antwerp, Belgium, which Yakusha Design has developed for its own furniture line Faina.

The retail space, named Faina Gallery, is set inside a 500-year-old building.

As a result, the studio steered away from making major structural alterations to avoid disturbing its historic framework.

Green lamps and chairs by Faina alongside beige sofa and steel storage unit in Faina Gallery
The Faina showroom is set within a 500-year-old building

Instead, the Ukrainian studio devised a new colour palette, painting walls throughout the shop in earthy shades that evoke the natural world.

"I wanted to convey this feeling of grounding serenity in the interior," explained Victoria Yakusha, who founded both Yakusha Design and Faina.

"Nothing is more powerful than the energy of earth. When standing on bare earth, I am one with nature, I gain strength."

Two triangular black vases in front of green wall in showroom by Yakusha Design
Walls in the first room are coated with green paint

Upon entering Faina Gallery, visitors walk into a room almost entirely washed with a deep, mossy green paint.

The only surfaces untouched by the colour are the grey terrazzo floors and the ceiling, which has been left in its original state.

Stainless steel shelving unit housing ceramics in green-painted room in Faina Gallery in Antwerp
A stainless-steel cabinet shows off Faina's ceramic ornaments

Matching green furnishings are displayed throughout the space, including Faina's angular Toptun armchairs and three of its knobbly hand-sculpted Soniah floor lamps.

There is also a beige edition of the Plyn sofa, with its gently curving cushions stacked on top of each other "like stones that have been naturally polished by wild waters".

Black-painted room with black sofa and armchair by Faina in Antwerp showroom by Yakusha Design
Black paint covers the showroom's second room

A bespoke stainless steel shelving unit runs the length of one of the walls.

Designed to resemble a cabinet of curiosities, it showcases an array of Faina's ceramic ornaments alongside a number of scents for the home.

The storage unit is interrupted by a steel-lined doorway that leads through to Faina Gallery's second room.

This space has been painted jet-black in a nod to chernozem, a highly fertile black soil that is found in abundance throughout Ukraine.

Black table and chairs under wicker pendant lamp in Faina Gallery in Antwerp
Faina furnishings displayed here include the Ztista table and Domna chair

The furniture presented here is dark, too. One corner of the room is dominated by a black version of Faina's hole-punctured Ztista table while a charcoal-grey model of the brand's bulbous Domna chair sits nearby.

There's also a wall-mounted black tapestry emblazoned with the word "earth", written in the symbol-based writing system of the ancient Cucuteni-Trypillia civilisation, which lived in Ukraine in the fifth millennium BC.

Low black cabinet and black wall hanging in black-painted room at Faina Gallery in Antwerp
A circular black wall hanging is emblazoned with Cucuteni-Trypillian symbology

Victoria Yakusha established her eponymous studio in 2006 before launching Faina in 2014.

Her practice has previously designed a number of interiors in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, including Yakusha Design's own office and a calm, tactile fast food restaurant.

The photography is by Piet-Albert Goethals.

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Earthy interiors of Faina Gallery in Antwerp
Earthy interiors of Faina Gallery in Antwerp