Apartments up to 45 sq.m.

How to equip the zones in the studio apartment: a project in Moscow


Now this apartment is at the stageimplementation. However, it is made so interesting that we decided to show you its project. If you are tormented by the question of organizing a sleeping place, we have a great idea! This small apartment is located in Moscow and belongs to a young couple who do not yet have children. The couple will live in it for several years, which they wanted to spend in comfortable conditions. The project was taken over by young designers Anastasia Sheveleva and Alexander Malinin from INT2 architecture. Anastasia Sheveleva, architect-designer Graduated from the Volgograd State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in 2009. Participated in summer schools and workshops in the Netherlands, Austria, Japan, Russia. Co-founder of INT2 architecture, leading architect and project designer. Loves foreign languages: speaks English, German, a little Spanish. Alexander Malinin, architect Graduated from the Volgograd State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in 2005. Participated in workshops in Europe and Russia. Co-founder of INT2 architecture, leading architect and project designer. Music is the second passion. Analog photography and travel is the third.


All non-load-bearing partitions that were inInitially, will be dismantled during the repair process. The planning space of the apartment will be kept open by the type of studio apartment. Visually, only the bedroom and home office area will be separated by the plywood box near the window. Well, a bathroom with a mini-laundry, of course, will be allocated in a separate small area.

Wishes of the customer

The studio is intended for a young couple, forwhich this apartment will become temporary housing for the next few years. The area of ​​the apartment is not so large as to make 2-3 isolated rooms in it, but the young family did not want this. On a rather modest area, the designers have realized all their wishes. Anastasia Sheveleva, architect-designer: - The main principle of this project was rational zoning of space, with the help of which it was possible to identify the main functional areas: sleeping and working, living room, dining room, kitchen, bar area on the loggia, dressing room in the corridor, bathroom and even a small laundry ... Our opinion:- One of the most beautiful solutions of this studio is the zoning of the bed. It is often difficult to find a place for a bed in a small area: it remains visible and this causes discomfort. Here the bed is placed on a plywood podium and is fenced off by a low partition. This whole structure is fraught with a huge number of boxes in which a lot of things will fit. A home mini-office is also equipped near the bed. It is convenient to work here during the day. And in the evening, if someone wants to sleep, but someone needs to work with a laptop, you can easily move to the sofa or to the kitchen area. Or you can go to the balcony, since here even it is very comfortable and beautiful! And this cannot but inspire to fruitful work.


In the majority, all cabinet furniture (kitchen, cabinets, racks) is matched in IKEA. However, there are also unique items:

  • Hans Wegner's chair The Shell chair in the living room;
  • Coffee table Muuto;
  • Chairs at the dining table - Eames DSW;
  • Chairs at the desktop - Eames The Wire сhair;
  • Bedroom box will be made to order from coniferous plywood, also on order will be made cantilever shelves and a bar table on the balcony.


Overhead ceilings will be used in the project.lamps-cylinders. They will help maintain the height of the ceilings in the premises. The living room will have a hanging lampshade from IKEA. Above the work table there are pendant lamps from the Russian industrial designer Katerina Kopytina. On the side in the bedroom there are overhead LED reading lamps. On the balcony there is an IKEA busbar for highlighting shelves with magazines and lamps on cords above the table.


The interior color scheme is quite originaland resembles a little Scandinavian style. It is built on the contrast of white background and color accents. In the main area, shades of blue and blue are used, on the balcony - bright yellow, in the bathroom - green. The beauty of a white background and bright accents is that if the interior suddenly gets bored, you can easily transform it by changing these very accents. On the wall in the kitchen, the designers have createdmagnetic slate surface for easy storage of spices. There are also jars with edible herbs (basil, dill, cilantro), which are attached to the wall with clamps. To create a complicated volumetric wall surface in the living room and to visually separate the bedroom and living room areas, we used wooden slats that are attached to the wall with a certain pitch and painted together with the wall, thereby giving the surface a 3d effect. The apartment has a combined bathroom and a smalla laundry room, which was decorated with original tiles. The print will be printed on a 10 x 10 cm white tile. A cheat sheet of basic garment care symbols will be printed on it. In the kitchen, Marazzi multi-colored ceramic tiles with a diagonal pattern are used as a backsplash.

Tips for arranging a small studio apartment:

  • If you do not have children, open planning is the ideal solution. It allows you to carve out several square meters of area occupied by non-load-bearing partitions.
  • To maintain a sense of spaciousness and isolate an isolated sleeper, use partitions: shelves, curtains, cabinets.
  • Make furniture to order.
  • Do not be afraid of color experiments. Made with intelligence, they are able to greatly transform even a small room. The tile laid on the diagonal is an excellent option.
  • Make the bathrooms combined if they are separated at the initial planning. This will save space and will allow you to hold a washing machine, a locker for small things or something else.
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