What to do with an unusable, but expensiveThe heart of old furniture? Of course, restore! The owners of the family workshop "TreshVintazh" told us how grandfather's cupboards and grandfather's writing tables turn into unique art objects. Inna and Yana Kovalchuk are engaged in two projects at once: the family mini-hotel ProPiter, the interiors of which are executed in a unique author's style, and the workshop " ", In the walls of which my mother and daughter are restoring old furniture. And not just restore, but turn old chests of drawers and collapsible cabinets into works of art: bright, shocking and 100% unique. We talked with them about their favorite subjects, seeking inspiration and respect for "grandmother's" furniture. Inna and Yana Kovalchuk, studio "TreshVintazh" Studio "TreshVintazh" was born in January 2016. This is the second project of the mother and daughter, Inna and Yana Kovalchuk from St. Petersburg. The main direction of the studio is the restoration of furniture for private and public interiors. Vk.com/interior_treshvintage, @treshvintage_interior - Tell us a little about yourself and your studio. - We are the family Kovalchuk, Mama Inna and daughter Yana, we live in St. Petersburg. Our family studio of interior lawlessness "TreshWintage" is a total redesign of furniture and interior items! From sad and unhappy tables and sofas, we create art objects, any of which can become a dominant in the interior, an object of delight and envy. - How did it all start? How did you come up with the idea to remodel furniture not only for yourself, but for others? - Our main child is the mini hotel ProPiter, which we opened in 2014. For him, we remade a lot of grandmother's furniture, and we liked it so much that we came up with a separate project, within which we could restore furniture for everyone. We were attracted by the fact that we can give the furniture a second life, to think up a different application for it. For example, a bicycle in our hands turns into a chandelier, grandmother's wardrobe and grandfather's table - on the sofa, from the collection of books we master the reception desk, and from the sewing machine we make a dinner table. - Do you remember the first items thatMade to order? - All our first works are in ProPiter. We really did not want to say goodbye to my grandmother's good cabinets, tables, cupboards. Probably, simply because of the need to preserve the memory of our ancestors, our first masterpieces began to be born. Among the pioneers of "TresVintage" we can distinguish a sofa for guests in the ProPiter lounge, which is assembled from a grandmother's wardrobe without doors (the doors, by the way, have become headboards for beds - we have no-waste production) and a grandfather's desk. At the grandfather's table we sawed off the legs, inserted the table-top in the closet and enriched it with a soft cloth. In the niches of the table there was a place under the library, and on the top of the cupboard stands a gramophone. - Do you have the most favorite items fromMade by you? - Every object is born in the throes of creativity, they are all like family. But, perhaps, after all, each of us has a favorite. For my mother, this is definitely a dining set in our apartment ProPiter, which she collected in parts throughout Petersburg. An old buffet she took from a St. Petersburg granny. We sawed it in half, turned out a kitchen corner with a working area, a copper basin instead of a sink and top drawers, where the dishes are stored. Later on Avito we found a separate Singer bed and a marble slab, connected them and got a dining table. To him we specially restored pre-revolutionary chairs of incredible beauty, which were found on the collapse of Udelnaya. My favorite is a chest of drawers with leather boxes in the style of a patchwork. When we took it away, it was impossible to look at it without tears: there were no pens, only someone had screwed the metal handle from the Soviet window. Elements of decor fell off, the color turned pale. This chest was like an old grandfather - it was a long time ago saying goodbye to everyone, but we were able to give him a new life. It took a lot of time to devote restorations and carefully think over how best to preserve all the details, but the idea of decor came by itself. We made the chest of drawers green, under the color of the cloth on the table, and in honor of the Picasso we adored, we made the decor of boxes in the style of cubism. - And what things caused the greatest difficulty when working? - As for the complex work, now we have a refrigerator "ZIL", which we want to change into a bar or sofa. On his account, we still have heated arguments. Here with him, it seems to me, we will suffer! - Where do you take furniture for restoration and alteration? - We can buy already converted furniture from the available. It's in its original form we take on Avito or on the Specific. Many in our city, examining dachas and grandmother's apartments, find amazing things, but do not know what to do with them, but we know. You can not hide the fact that some furniture handsome men are already lying in the trash, and if they can be pulled out of there, then we do it. Bypass does not work - the heart is torn. Also, we can "otTreshVintazhirovat" furniture that our customers have available: in this case they just bring it to us, we discuss the details of the order, and later transfer them to the already altered interior items. - Tell us a little about the process of work. - When furniture arrives to us, we do not always know what we will do with it, and it waits patiently for its stellar hour. And it happens that the idea is already there, but we are looking for the details of the headset for a long time to assemble the kit. We redesign furniture only from quality materials, its appearance for us does not matter. While we are limited only to the size of the altered furniture, because now we have a fairly modest workshop. When we expand, we can take anything for restoration. For the alteration of antique furniture, we often use techniques of artificial aging and decoupage. Mom as a real admirer of Gaudi loves mosaic, we often can meet her. I prefer natural wood, cuttings and driftwood - I do not leave the forest empty-handed. Therefore, my favorite techniques are associated with drawing the pattern on wooden surfaces and aging the tree. - Do your apartments have furniture you made? "Of course, there are a lot of TreshVintazha in our apartments. Especially in the apartment of my mother, because there, in one of the rooms, is our workshop. In the apartment in which I live, everything is also zadekorirovano us. For example, on the chest of drawers a book "The Wizard of Oz" is posted, and on the wardrobe there is a large painted owl with the inscription: "The cupboard is full, there is nothing to wear." - What do you get inspiration for creating new objects? - We believe that inspiration is in everything that surrounds us. Especially in Petersburg! He is full of creativity, inspiration is in the air undiluted. Sometimes we just choose the day for a walk, look at the buildings, climb onto the roofs. The awakening of creative energy is promoted by walks along the bay, skating on a scooter, a good wine and a soul company. And anyway, we are two redheads who can gather and something unbelievable to invent just for the sake of entertainment, we can easily do it! For a more global search for inspiration, we travel. The concept of a mini-hotel was born in Greece, and last year we tried to create ideas for creativity in Barcelona. This year we are going for new impressions on our trip to Karelia. - Do you take into account the history of furniture that came to you, or create something completely new from the existing framework? - The furniture we take in hand is often old and keeps a large number of stories. At the owners of furniture we try to ask everything: who used it, where they bought it, whether there are funny stories, maybe even photos can be found. Also, we always try to determine in which factory and when this furniture was made. All this helps us to better understand the nature of chairs, cabinets, tables and other items, and therefore, to choose a suitable restoration and decoration. If an item with a long history, it's just impossible to ignore it, and the whole design will be inspired by these stories! - What interiors are your furniture put on by buyers? - "Treasure Wintage" is at the very beginning of its journey: only recently we began to receive serious orders. Our customers are families who have started repairs in the apartment and do not want to part with furniture that has been "overgrown". We change the style of furniture, we come up with a different application. There are those who turn to us during the arrangement of new housing or the opening of some institution. They want the interior to have the same art object, which will become the dominant in the interior, and everything will instantly play and sparkle around. - What are your plans for the future? Are you going to expand later on or do you want to remain a family workshop? - Of course, I want to see TreshWintage get a more stable and balanced nature of the work. We dream of a big workshop and big interesting projects. But at the same time, we know for sure that we would not like to grow to an industrial scale. "Treasure Wintage" is a very niche product, elite. You can not release it for sale in furniture hypermarkets. We will defend its uniqueness and family character, especially since we like such a sincere approach to work. We are redoing the furniture and investing in it a piece of ourselves.
December 20, 2017