Living in a big city can be tiring at times, especiallyif you work in a large company and are constantly in an active state. Where to retire? What should be the interior, where the bustle of the city will not touch you? The owner of this apartment is a young, purposeful girl with many hobbies. Her name is Love. She works as a manager for a large pharmaceutical company, loves salsa and travels a lot. Her weakness and main hobby is the online store of designer jewelry. Let's take a look at her cozy home and see how the designers from the ArkhBaby studio managed to make it a real refuge from the bustle of Moscow. Anna Pustovoitova, architect of the studio "ArchBaby" Elena Nikitina, architect of the studio "ArchBaby" Anna and Elena - graduates of the Moscow State University of Arts and Technology. S.G. Stroganov. Trained in architecture studios in Dusseldorf, Milan and Moscow. Participated in the exhibition "ARCH Moscow" and the festival "Archstoyanie". In 2007 we created the project "ArkhBaby", where they work together.
More freedom and coziness
Since Love works as a manager, she has toconstantly communicate with people, establish new contacts, travel on business trips. That is why she wanted to take this apartment for rest, where the slightest hint of work would be absent. She wanted to impregnate the apartment with an atmosphere of comfort, to make the interior light and airy. Anna Pustovoitova, architect: - She gave us maximum freedom in designing her apartment. This trust makes us even more responsible in our business. Lyuba's special wish was to make an apartment in which she could retire, get away from the bustle of Moscow. She wanted to have her so-called nest not for permanent residence.
Features of the layout
The layout that this apartment hadinitially, did not suit either Lyubov or the architects Anna and Elena. Therefore, they made a joint decision - to re-plan the apartment in such a way as to open up the maximum space and make it light and airy. As a result, the walls were dismantled, which were not load-bearing. This is how we managed to achieve the effect of free space. Another technique used by the architects is to minimize the number of doors, since only Love will live here. The only door that has remained intact is the one that leads to the bathroom. Elena Nikitina, architect: - We wanted to create the feeling that this is an apartment with history and has long been inhabited. We achieved this by using brick and concrete textures on the ceiling and pylons. The storage system turned out to be one - this is a dedicated dressing room. She let us give up the closet in the bedroom. In the hallway, we placed a wardrobe for storing household items - a vacuum cleaner, an ironing board and other household items.
In the lilac-gray haze
Love wanted to rest in this apartment, sonothing should have distracted her from this. This is the reason for the choice of colors that prevail in the interior. The canvas of the entire space is a creamy shade, against its background lilac-gray furniture, textiles and doors of a muted ash tone stand out favorably. Black accessories are designed to dilute the pastel range, which are in harmony with each other, creating graphics in the interior. The fixtures are also black - solid and tasteful.
Budget, but stylish
One of the tasks that was set before theArchitects - to find budget options for decoration, furniture and equipment. Therefore, all pieces of furniture were purchased at IKEA. Finishing and lighting were found in local construction markets and in hypermarkets. And accessories and accents searched and brought from travel.
No banal things
Love is a multifaceted and versatile person.She did not want to make her interior boring and banal, so she paid special attention to accessories. If we chose budget furniture, then we wanted to see only exceptional things in decor items. This is how the works of the artist Polina Arzamastseva appeared in the kitchen, and other walls are decorated with reproductions from France. Anna Pustovoitova, architect: - We tried to find individuality in accessories and accents, for example, such as an old handmade bench that we found in a carpentry workshop and restored. The mannequin covered with old newspapers is our handiwork. We found a banquet in the hallway at the carpentry shop, where it lay idle. We put it in order, ordered a soft seat, and it fits perfectly into our interior.
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Photo: Denis Vasilyev