About the Artist, Djivan Schapira
29-year old French-American designer Djivan Schapira draws from a wealth of divergent experiences and inspirations to create unique works of collective design that are as cleverly functional as they are playfully animated. His sun-drenched New Jersey studio, with unparalleled views of the Hudson River and the New York skyline, is a riotous amassment of art, vintage furniture and objects, graphic design, and an expanding tangle of houseplants. In spite of this aesthetic chaos, which fuels his creative motivations, his works are remarkably distilled and confidently realized.
Schapira’s creative and technical abilities should come as no surprise: the son of a master craftsman, Djivan began an informal “apprenticeship” with his father beginning in childhood and continuing through his 20s. A graduate of the esteemed Parsons School of Design, he studied architecture, building a foundation of technical skills and an understanding of material, space, and engineering that would become paramount to his design practice.
While still in school Schapira began experimenting with resins, developing techniques and a distinct style that are now the cornerstone of his artistic output. After graduating in 2018, he launched an atelier producing made-to-order furniture and interior décor for residential & commercial spaces. Collaborations with global designers in the hospitality, restaurant, and residential sectors led to installations in a number of high-end public spaces such as the Hoxton in Los Angeles, the Waldorf Astoria in Qatar, and the Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas.
Schapira’s work has been featured in world-renowned publications including Interior Design Magazine, Architectural Digest, Modern Luxury, Surface Magazine, and Owners: a French magazine exclusively for Aston Martin owners. In addition to winning an internationally acclaimed A’ Design Award for his Andromeda Cocktail Table in 2019, Schapira was the winning recipient of both the NYCxDESIGN Emerging Product Designer of the Year Award in the Furniture category, as well as the People’s Choice Award which crossed all mediums.