French heraldry, oriental ornaments and unique compositions inspired by iconic American designers – for over 30 years Count Nikolai Bobrinskoy, a direct descendant of the Empress Catherine the Great, was creating marvelous patterns for Fords, Rockefellers and other world's most powerful families.
Today his artworks go beyond the walls of castles and museums as a part of Bobrinskoy Art accessories collection encouraged by his wife Countess Tatyana Nikolaevna.
Things bringing grace to every single moment
The craft of Bobrinskoy is not intended to become another background element of our living rooms. It is meant to brighten up our everyday lives or to become a very special gift for our loved ones.
Delicate patterns used by European royalty are put on dresses, bags, pouches, laptop and smartphone cases – very common things that support us throughout the day. But the immense love and effort put into creation of each print make every item unique and unrepeatable.
Each element of the collection carries a piece of its creator’s heart and is made in very limited quantities or even in a single copy.
“You can make nothing meaningful on a conveyor belt.” - says Countess Bobrinskoy – “There’s no soul in such things!”
Masterpiece made for you alone
Many patterns of the collection were composed exclusively for the greatest people of our time. There were prints made for Vanderbilts, Astors, Mellons, Rockefellers, Roosevelts, Coolidges and Fords.
We decided to preserve this tradition while making it available to all our clients. At the Bobrinskoy Art studio, you can order a custom design to fully reflect your uniqueness and individuality.
Select any of over 1200 prints created by the count, either alone or in collaboration with renowned designers such as Elsie de Wolfe, Elizabeth Draper, and Sister Parish and Albert Hadley.
Choose the colors you want and the fabric you like, or you can even create your own pattern.
“Once we had a piece of an old English abbey’s wall sent to us as a mockup” – the countess jokes – “We still keep it as a souvenir”
Crafted by Bobrinskoy, admired by the world
Even though most of the items are made in one and only copy, the word of Bobrinskoy and their artworks has traveled far.
Interior decoration trendsetters such as Holland & Sherry are using their patterns.
More than once, their products have hit the pages of New York Times and popular magazines.
Acclaimed designers from all over the world have been honored to contribute to the count’s works.
Hand-painted wallpapers and gentle decorative elements still grace the interiors of the Octagon House, the Corcoran Gallery, the Hillwood Museum and many other monumental buildings.
“Nikolai Alekseyevich has passed away many years ago, but his story still lives in his paintings. I love to see the twinkle in people’s eyes when they touch our works for the first time. Their happiness is my husband’s legacy.” - says Countess Bobrinskoy.
Story of a lifetime in each pattern
Flecks of dust dancing slowly in the rays of morning sun, old-fashioned music pouring from a hand-held radio, colorful fabrics covering the tables like an ancient mosaic, and dozens of photographs, old and new, scattered all around the walls. Entering the company’s workshop is like getting into the attic of your childhood house. You can feel the spirit of a place and every trifle is a part of the family history.
After WWII the count ended up in Paris, poor and starving. His aunt had a small shop in New York and asked him to paint on scarves. As a result, he traveled overseas to break fresh ground and to meet his future wife.
Over time, his talent was recognized, and a local factory invited him to do design for wallpapers. He didn’t like the work very much, as it was monotonous and left little room and left little room for an artist. By that time Bobrinskoy already had two small children, so the countess was supporting the family by teaching Russian literature at Marymount Manhattan College and writing books.
Happily, they were fortunate enough to know Madame Zina, a lady who owned Zina Studio - a small firm producing hand-painted wallcoverings. She was seeking a younger partner. When he joined her business he already knew it would become his lifelong love. The most charmful patterns of the collection have first saw the light here.
The count passed away in 2006, and since then, Countess Bobrinskoy has carried on his legacy. She divides her time between volunteering with the Knights of The Orthodox Order of St John, where she carries the title of Grand Chancellor, Bobrinskoy shop, and Zina Studios.
One glimpse at Bobrinskoy artworks reveals clearly that it is more than just a business. Everything here is done in the name of love and timeless loyalty - you can feel it in every pattern...