From faded 1970s mustard tones to seaside pistachios, forest greens, deep night-sky blues and urgent reds, the color combinations of Russian designer Daria Zinovatnaya are bold and unusual. “When I use color in my work,” she says, “it comes alive. I wish that people were not so afraid of using lots of color.” The work of Zinovatnaya’s eponymous St. Petersburg studio extends to industrial, furniture and interior design, and has been commissioned for apartments, hotels and restaurants from Russia to the United States. Born in Crimea, Zinovatnaya grew up admiring 20th-century design. Now, at 25, she is still enraptured by the work of Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass; in her work you can see reflections of Sottsass’ use of “simple shapes and a variety of colors.” She incorporates elements of other modern designers, too, from Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon to the emotive work of Milanese agency Studiopepe. TwitterFacebookPinterest This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Fashion Issue 19 Nick Wakeman Creating a menswear-inspired line for women, Nick Wakeman welcomes the challenges arising from forging new aesthetic territories. Design Issue 19 David Rager David Rager, co-founder of design firm Weekends, shares his tale of LA and Paris and how he makes time for life’s little distractions. Design Issue 19 A Day in the Life: Frida Escobedo With her own firm and scores of global projects in her inventive portfolio, this architect is transforming Mexico City, one artful building at a time. Interiors Issue 19 Prankster’s Paradise Is the nine-to-five grind approaching monotony? Arrive at the office early to even the playing field and invoke mirth for your co-workers. Design Issue 19 In Anxious Anticipation The effects of adrenaline are positively pulse-pounding, but the physical whoosh we feel in our bodies actually starts in our brains. Design Issue 18 Happiness by Design Think more like designers: The strategies employed to create a perfectly proportioned bookshelf can also be used to enhance our personal well-being.