The second year of the Polly Jessup Design series will feature Lars Bolander with Nadine Kalachnikoff as the distinguished lecturers on interior design in Palm Beach.
Lars Bolander is a Swedish interior designer known throughout Europe, North America and South America. During his first 17 years outside of Sweden, he was based in London where he completed projects for prominent members of European society, including several years working on house designs for the noted German industrialist, Gunter Sachs.
Lars Bolander’s Anglo-Scandinavian background has resulted in designs with an uncluttered, yet theatrical Nordic feeling. After traveling the world extensively and seeing many extraordinary objects, he decided to open his first shop in East Hampton, New York. Lars filled his shop with period Gustavian furniture and had an important role in creating the Gustavian trend in the United States.
Born in Paris to a Russian father and a Spanish mother, both exiled, Nadine Kalachnikoff grew up surrounded by artists, intellectuals, émigrés, and eccentrics. In 2012, she asked the universe for a new path to follow, thinking perhaps an award-winning recipe or a business venture would be revealed to her. Instead, she began her first butterfly collage. Influenced by her creative upbringing and her fascination with butterflies, she embarked on this project. In one Russian dialect, butterflies are referred to as “dushuchka,” which is derived from the word “dusha,” meaning soul. Butterflies also symbolize: resurrection, celebration, purity, and freedom. Many believe the butterfly is a reminder to make changes when opportunities arise.
For the past twenty years, Nadine has lived in Palm Beach with her husband, Lars Bolander. They opened their first antique showroom in East Hampton, NY. Today there are two Lars Bolander Showrooms, one in NYC and one on Antique Row in West Palm Beach. They have two sons, Howard who is a chef at Gramercy Tavern in NYC and Christopher who runs the NY showroom at the Fine Arts Building.
The Polly Jessup Design Series is generously underwritten by the Daniel Family.