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Dancers Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili Share Their Favorite Things

Photos: Anna Knott

Victoria Jaiani, 29, and Temur Suluashvili, 33, travel the world performing and teaching for the Joffrey Ballet, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this fall. As classical dancers, the married couple—who met in their native country of Georgia—embrace the traditional. But they also enjoy the new works that their troupe performs each season, and the decor at the Rogers Park loft they share with their 13-month-old son, Maxim, reflects that idea of balance. “I love pieces with history behind them,” says Jaiani. Suluashvili, on the other hand, spends his free time creating new keepsakes, such as tables and lamps. Here are some of the duo’s favorite possessions.

Wooden table and concrete candleholders

Wooden table and concrete candleholders (designed by Suluashvili)

Suluashvili: “Many things inspire my creativity: people, shapes—even ballet choreography.”

 

Tom Dixon lamps

Tom Dixon lamps

($535 to $1,425 each, Orange Skin, 223 W. Erie St.)
Suluashvili: “Elegantly shaped.”

 

Alexander McQueen sneakers

Alexander McQueen sneakers

($550 for similar style, Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave.)
Suluashvili: “Most comfortable shoes I own.”

 

Personal photograph

Personal photograph

Jaiani: “Our first time dancing together with the Joffrey.”

 

Henri Bendel handbag

Henri Bendel handbag

($428, 845 N. Michigan Ave.)
Jaiani: “Fun and multifunctional.”

 

Vintage Kenzo scarf

Vintage Kenzo scarf

(kenzo.com)
Jaiani: “I love the unique colors.”

 

Antique wooden barrel

Antique wooden barrel

(Scout, 5221 N. Clark St.)
Jaiani: “A statement piece.”

 

Jaiani’s grandmother’s vintage teacups and saucers

Jaiani’s grandmother’s vintage teacups and saucers

Jaiani: “These carry so many stories and memories.”

 

Cannondale bicycle

Cannondale bicycle

($4,900 for similar model, cannondale.com)
Suluashvili: “Light and fast.”

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