MusaDesign recently completed Far 4, an avant-garde shop/art gallery in Seattle with fine porcelain from all over the world, ‘ZAW, an artisan-inspired, bake-at-home pizza chain, and the MusaDesign studio in a historical Art Deco building under the monorail on 5th Ave.
In all three projects the designers utilized DuChateau Floors as an integral part of the design. The designers featured Chateau Collection in Olde Dutch in Far 4 and Musa’s studio to associate with the historic presence of the spaces, and Terra Collection in Zimbabwe within the ‘ZAW pizza space, bringing the burned or fired feel to the concept of the store.
‘ZAW – Terra Collection in Zimbabwe
Tell us about your first job in the design field.
The Pepsi Cola office in Sankt-Petersburg in 1993. This was a Neoclassical building with an enfilade of rooms so that we couldn’t build any partitions, and were dealing with enormous high ceilings and big rooms. I was working with the architects responsible for the art selection and historical preservation.
‘ZAW – Terra Collection in Zimbabwe
How would you describe the style of your own home?
Raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, I grew up amidst the art and architecture of a city planned and built by charismatic Russian tsars who patronized the most innovative architects of their time. I would say that was always a strong flight for my visual inspirations and can be seen in my modern steel and concrete loft lots of historical references, especially in use of materials and patterns, such as a double high shelf made from reclaimed redwood wine barrels or an 18th century “Rococo” mirror in a sleek powder room.
What inspires you today?
Same thing that inspired me yesterday – it is just my perspective getting deeper and an understanding of materials I use, getting to the point that I have to see and feel the energy of the pieces I am selecting. Any historical references or reclaimed materials, as well as precise craftsmanship with the use of technology are endless.
What is your most memorable travel destination?
Any new destinations are memorable; I like to have purpose when I am traveling. Korea and beautiful Namhae on the south end of the country was memorable because I was meeting the best architects in the country and participated in building the summer vacation villa for the family of well-known cello player.
What is your favorite book/magazine on design? Favorite website?
Mark magazine, Wallpaper magazine
What projects are you working on now?
One residential project in Anacortes with the best view over Puget Sound. There I am going to use DuChateau Floors Terra collection in Tanzania; it is going to well blend with the nature outside the big windows. Another project in Antibes South France, residential as well.
What’s left on your wish list of design projects?
Good question – I feel like I am after the client with a big interest towards art and philanthropy. There we could build him a residence to showcase his art collection using technology and precise selection of lighting and materials that in the future can be used as learning environment for bursting the creativity of children.
POLINA ZAIKA DESIGN
1. A guiding spirit.
2. A source of inspiration.
MusaDesign offers combined experience in the areas of design, creative direction and project management for affluent clientele worldwide. Founded in 2002, the firm delivers each project by taking a multisensory approach that draws on rich international inspiration.
Polina Zaika Owner and Principal Designer
234 Dexter Ave North
Seattle WA 98109
* Best of Home 2008: Interior Designers: “Seattle’s Sensational Seven Interior Designers with Northwest Flair,” 2008 (Seattle Magazine)
* Best Environmentally Responsible Design, 2007 (Northwest Design Awards, Seattle Design Center)
* Gold Award for Commercial Lighting, 2005 (Guth Awards, International Interior Design Association)
* Best of Sustainable Commercial Projects, 2005 (IIDA Green Conference)
* Best of Sustainable Commercial Projects, 2005 (NeoCon World’s Trade Fair for Interior Design)
* LUXE, LUXE Homes at Escala, Volume 8, Issue 2, 2010, US
* Evening Magazine, Decorating like a Pro, King5 News, US
* LUXE, Power Play SEATTLE, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2009, US
* Homespa , Middle Eastern Muse, winter-spring 2009, US
* GAFENCU , A Seattle Synthesis, November 2008, Hong Kong
* DLIST MAGAZINE, MUSADESIGN, November 2008, US
* Kitchen and Bath ideas, MEDITERRANEAN MODERN, March/ April 2008, US
* Seattle Homes Lifestyles, FIT FOR A DREAM, September 2007, US
* Dream Baths, Just Relax, May 2007, US
* AEC + Interior Design Directory, MUSADESIGN, 2006-2007, Hong Kong
* Seattle Homes Lifestyles, in the MIX, August 2006, US
* Northwest Home+Gardern, French Forward, Nov/Dec 2005, US
* HGTV “What You Get for the Money”, September 2006, US
* METROPOLIS, Surprise Fillings, August/ September 2005, US
* 空間’s Dining out, Café Darclée, 2005, Hong Kong