What makes a purchase “worth it”? The answer is different for everybody, so we’re asking some of the coolest, most-shopping-savvy people we know—from small-business owners to designers, artists to actors—to tell us the story behind one of their most prized possessions.
Born in Ukraine, the multifaceted creative Katya Bakhirka realized at a young age she wanted to discover the world and by age 21 moved to the United Kingdom to study film and comparative literature at Queen Mary University of London. “Getting my degree and living in such a diverse and vibrant city changed me forever,” she says. “I was exposed to the greatest art in the world and the most incredible architecture.” After finishing her degree, Katya moved to Los Angeles before traveling to South America.
All these cultural experiences had a big impact on her style and taste. In 2020 she decided to return home and launched her fashion brand Bakhirka Apparel in Kyiv. But her talent doesn’t stop there: She’s also a hip-hop artist and the founder of The Deep Forest Foundation, a charitable organization that provides philanthropic assistance to indigenous communities.
“It’s hard to pick one favorite item because my home is filled with love!” Katya confesses. “But it has to be something from my art collection. I would say it’s a photograph by Michael Kenna from his works on Japan.”
“It sits on my desk, and I get very inspired when I see this sophisticated and poignant black and white print.”
“First, I bought Michael Kenna’s book in London and brought it to my home,” Katya remembers. “It sat on my table for some time, and I would look through it every morning. Then I decided that it was time to get one of his works, and I found a photograph that I really love. I purchased this piece in a gallery in Italy after my apartment was completely finished. I felt that this black and white print would be a great addition and a highlight to the darker tones of the wooden theme in my home.”
“To me, this photograph represents the music of silence,” Katya says. “You can almost hear the sound of the wind when you look at it; you can hear the steps on the snow; you feel that this shot was taken in the middle of nowhere. Every time I look at it, I feel that nothing exists except the humble witness. I start to breathe slowly. And from there, you can start creating.”
$573.00, Framed Art
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest