Published on March 18, 2019

This story originally appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Domino, titled “Charmed Life.” Subscribe to be the first to receive each issue!

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Outfit designed by Yasmina Benazzou; Shoes Celine; Art by Katy Grannan; Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Custom Italian Leather by Charles & Ray Eames; Rug House of Taiping Photo by Cody Guilfoyle

Spend a moment in Yasmina Benazzou’s Upper West Side atelier and her penchant for fearlessly mixing and matching hues becomes abundantly clear—she knows color. Jewel tones—rich ruby reds and pops of pink—mingle with earthy browns and burnt orange, and are rounded out by sumptuously muddled pastel pinks and blues. Her decor combines elements and inspiration from all the places the globe-trotting Benazzou has put down roots—a childhood in Morocco, Jakarta during her teenage years, university in Paris, and her current hometown, New York City.

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Photo by Cody Guilfoyle

This considered way of layering design, art, and her curated finds mirrors the way Benazzou approaches her line of jewelry, Haute Victoire, arranging antique trinkets, like animal figurines and intricate beads, with organic materials, such as shells and pearls, to create whimsical charm necklaces, among other pieces.

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Jewelry by Yasmina Benazzou Haute Victoire Photo by Cody Guilfoyle

Scattered throughout her studio are globally sourced accents, including an assortment of Moroccan thuya wood objects and seashells collected from beaches in Bali and Nicaragua, alongside higher-end finds, such as a vintage blue-and-white ceramic vessel by Jean Lurçat and a Brutalist sculpture by her father-in-law. “It’s like one big mood board,” Benazzou says of her work space, which inspires her on a daily basis.

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Augusta Couch by Romeo Sozzi; Desk Habitat; Tulip Armless Chair with Custom Cushion by Eero Saarinen Knoll; Art by Eamonn Doyle, Kristin-Lee Moolman, Ahmed Ben Yessef, Fay Lansner and David Barnett Photo by Cody Guilfoyle

But if she’s being honest, it is her collection of art—a trove of photographs, drawings, and paintings—that dictated the decor. “The rose-colored sofa complements Eamonn Doyle’s images, and the bold Art Deco carpet connects to the geometry of a Fay Lansner drawing that I recently acquired,” she explains. Color pairings come naturally to Benazzou: A lemon yellow Eames chair and an ornately carved purple dresser are impactful opposites, as are the Sardinian coral and Persian turquoise she uses in her line.

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Flirt by Helen Frankenthaler Photo by Cody Guilfoyle

Haute Victoire presents a range of made-to-order and one-of-a-kind fine jewelry, and each piece is certain to contain some treasure—vintage or new—that Benazzou has unearthed during her travels (think: Roman coins sharing space with malachite beads and beautifully patinaed Victorian charms). “My jewelry has something of a lineage,” she muses. “A connection to the past with its own identity and stories.”

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