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 Design Issue 51 John Pawson From the king of minimalism: “I find the essential and get the design down to a point where you can’t add or subtract from it.” Design Interiors Issue 51 Axel Vervoordt Inside the world of Axel Vervoordt. Design Issue 51 Inga Sempé “Minimalism is boring as hell, and on top of that, it’s preachy.” Design Issue 51 Halleroed Meet the giants of Swedish retail design. Design Issue 51 Andrew Trotter The architect and designer on renewing traditional architecture. Design Issue 51 Kim Lenschow The architect who wants to show you how your house works.