NINA YASHAR – Introspective — Creative Exchange Agency

NINA YASHAR / NILUFAR

Curator • Scenography • Environments

NINA YASHAR

Renowned Milanese gallerist, Nina Yashar, synthesizes sensuous forms and visual luxuriance from different cultures, different periods and different geographical areas with the founding of her legendary Nilufar Gallery in 1979. With an understanding of the object, and an awareness and consciousness which transcends the decorative, Yashar curates scenography and environments through a narrative framework in which light, space and texture become the protagonists. With an eclectic, multicultural and original design philosophy that has attracted a loyal following of collectors spanning the worlds of design, interiors, fashion, art and architecture, Nilufar’s masterful interplay of sublime décor translates into eloquently provocative designs that transcends beyond the boundaries of the space.

Originally located in via Bigli and specialized in antique carpets, a passion she inherited from her Iranian parents, the Gallery has since relocated to via della Spiga and ventured into modern and contemporary furniture – showcasing the work of mid-century masters alongside unusual carpets, cutting-edge furniture and emerging designers’ pieces – which strengthened its reputation as a reference point for historical and contemporary design lovers.

The Gallery’s work and research has resulted in a series of unique and sensational exhibitions, often accompanied by monographic catalogues that have acquired, over the years, cult status amongst collectors, design enthusiasts and researchers.

During the years, Nilufar Gallery has taken part in several international fairs, including Pavillon des Arts et du Design (PAD) in Paris and London, Design Miami/Basel and The Salon ART+DESIGN in New York. Furthermore, since 2012, the Gallery has launched SQUAT, an itinerant and inter-disciplinary project aimed at broadening the horizons of the typical exhibition concept, while exploring new cultural, geographical and architectural territories.

In 2015, Nina Yashar opened Nilufar Depot, a space arranged over three levels with a layout inspired by the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, seating part of her extensive design collection in an atmosphere allowing contemporary design to find a harmonious connection with iconic pieces of historical design. In 2018, Nilufar Gallery launched the first episode of ‘Chez Nina,’ after Yashar’s longtime dream of opening a convivial space. Hidden on the upper floor of Nilufar Gallery, it was designed by critically acclaimed interior designer India Mahdavi.

Over the decades, Yashar’s consistent eye and propensity to toy with traditional exhibition concepts – crossing boundaries of eras and aesthetics – have rightfully made her one of the most respected design gallerists in the world.

“I’m trying to create a harmonious synergy – a cross-temporal, cross-cultural conversation if you like – between pieces that you would never imagine together.”

- Nina Yashar
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CURATED BY

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JUNGLE by Khaled El Mays
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JUNGLE by Khaled El Mays

“This exceptionally animated work is only the latest iteration of his ongoing exploration of nature and contemporary craftsmanship.”

- Architectural Digest
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JUNGLE by Khaled El Mays
JUNGLE by Khaled El Mays
Odyssey by Andrés Reisinger
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Odyssey by Andrés Reisinger
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FAR 2019
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FAR 2019

“It is a very fascinating environment, the one created in collectives, and I was amazed to discover how incredibly lively they are and how free they are when thinking about the future of design.”

- Nina Yashar
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FAR 2019
FAR 2019
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Matacubi by Pietro Consagra
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Matacubi by Pietro Consagra
Matacubi by Pietro Consagra

“On the one hand, they convey a sort of reverential apprehension, reflecting the artist’s strict, disciplined approach, while on the other they entice us into a relationship with them, a tactile, physical relationship, in which the forms invite us to interact with them.”

- Nina Yashar
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Matacubi by Pietro Consagra
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Matacubi by Pietro Consagra
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Chez Nina Ep. II
Chez Nina Ep. II
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It’s All About Colour by Studio Nucleo
It’s All About Colour by Studio Nucleo
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It’s All About Colour by Studio Nucleo
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It’s All About Colour by Studio Nucleo
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Sun-Ra Collection by Nanda Vigo
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Sun-Ra Collection by Nanda Vigo

“These pieces are, in my opinion, the quintessence of linearity and essentiality, they convey linearity and their aesthetic becomes their function, alongside that of emitting light”

-Nina Yashar
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Sun-Ra Collection by Nanda Vigo
Sun-Ra Collection by Nanda Vigo
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Chez Nina Ep. I
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Chez Nina Ep. I

“The spaces are defined by an amazing blend of rounded shapes and specifically designed graphic motifs. It’s the perfect place to listen to Satie while sipping a long drink.”

- India Mahdavi
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Chez Nina Ep. I
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Chez Nina Ep. I
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Lina Bo Bardi – Giancarlo Palanti Studio D’Arte Palma 1948–1951
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Lina Bo Bardi – Giancarlo Palanti Studio D’Arte Palma 1948–1951

This represents the peak of collecting, the cutting edge.

-Nina Yashar
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Lina Bo Bardi – Giancarlo Palanti Studio D’Arte Palma 1948–1951
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Lina Bo Bardi – Giancarlo Palanti Studio D’Arte Palma 1948–1951
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Arcoiris by Analogia Project
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Gòrgone bookcase with hand‐painted door Filippo Carandini
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Gòrgone bookcase with hand‐painted door Filippo Carandini
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Arcoiris by Analogia Project

“The name ARCOIRIS comes from the Spanish term for ‘rainbow;’ I chose it because of its many mystic and symbolic meanings. When I designed this collection, I wanted to capture some natural phenomena in stone. I see this project as a transformation, where solid marble is worked until it embodies the evanescent nature of light.”

- Andrea Mancuso
Nilufar at Alcova - Milan Design Week 2021

"Just as in the previous episodes of FAR, ‘Brassless’ marries a challenging accent to the characteristic language used in the established Milanese gallery.”

-Valentina Ciuffi, Studio Vedèt, Curator
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GLADSTONE 64 - Lina Bo Bardi / Giancarlo Palanti
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GLADSTONE 64 - Lina Bo Bardi / Giancarlo Palanti
GLADSTONE 64 - Lina Bo Bardi / Giancarlo Palanti
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Bo Bardi - Palanti at Design Museum Gent
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Bo Bardi - Palanti at Design Museum Gent

“The unique combination of iconic and everyday in her furniture, each piece built for a specific purpose, is a powerful expression of Lina Bo Bardi’s generous and all-encompassing philosophy of design.”

-Design Museum Gent
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Bo Bardi - Palanti at Design Museum Gent
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Bo Bardi - Palanti at Design Museum Gent
Design Week, 2016

“I was dreaming of a big space, but not this big. Nilufar Depot was conceived as a warehouse, dominated by an almost industrial infrastructure, with technical details such as detachable railings for allowing forklifts to move through.”

-Nina Yashar
Design Week, 2016
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Design Week, 2017
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Design Week, 2016
Design Week 2018
Design Week, 2016
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Design Week 2018
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Design Week 2018
Design Week, 2017
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Design Week, 2018
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Design Week, 2019
Design Week, 2019
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NOMAD St.Moritz 2019
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NOMAD St.Moritz 2019
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NOMAD St.Moritz 2019
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NOMAD St.Moritz 2019
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TEFAF New York / Spring 2019
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TEFAF New York / Spring 2019
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Nina Chez Valentino
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Nina Chez Valentino

“I have worked with Nina because I like her erudite but always personal approach. Together we have investigated the value of the tradition of fashion and design in an ideal dialogue. The goal is always the same: to understand, to know and then to forget, to transform the legacy of the masters into a contemporary language.”

- Pierpaolo Piccioli, Creative Director, Valentino
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Nina Chez Valentino
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Nina Chez Valentino
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Brassless - FAR 2020
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Brassless - FAR 2020

“My intention was to investigate the potential for creating useful new designs by blending together stylistic or instrumental elements of existing chair types.”

-Martino Gamper
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Brassless - FAR 2020
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Brassless - FAR 2020
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100 CHAIRS IN 100 DAYS by Martino Gamper
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100 CHAIRS IN 100 DAYS by Martino Gamper
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100 CHAIRS IN 100 DAYS by Martino Gamper
100chairs-MIMOCAMarugame_Japan2015-2
100 CHAIRS IN 100 DAYS by Martino Gamper
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Green Boxes
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Green Boxes
Green Boxes
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Blue Boxes
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Blue Boxes
SQUAT 2 - Paris 2013
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SQUAT 4 - London 2016
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SQUAT 4 - London 2016
SQUAT-LA-2
Squat 6 - Los Angeles 2019
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Squat 6 - Los Angeles 2019

“I have always been keen on creating new and unexpected associations between furniture and space.”

-Nina Yashar
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Squat 4 - London 2016
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Squat 4 - London 2016
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Nilufar for Christie's
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Nilufar for Christie's

“The pieces perfectly represent the essence of Nilufar, as well as the gallery’s history and its evolution.”

- Nina Yashar
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Nilufar for Christie's
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Nilufar for Christie's
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Design Miami/Basel - 2017
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Design Miami/Basel - 2017
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FAR
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Lina Bo Bardi – Giancarlo Palanti Studio D’Arte Palma 1948–1951
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Brazilian Design
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Franco Albini
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Nodi/ Tappeti Volanti
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Untitled
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Volume ( 2 )009
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Crossing - year two
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Grandi Legni
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Piccolo Volume - II - Martino Gamper
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100 Chairs in 100 Days and its 100 Ways
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Short cuts
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Metropolis
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Onehundred
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Gallery
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Why
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Objects d'affection
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Tappeti Svedesi e Mobili Scandinavi
Tibet