Apartment with hidden opportunities

Pair of Capitol Complex armchairs, Pierre Jeanneret. The armchairs were created in 1960 when Jeanneret, along with his cousin Le Corbusier, was responsible for projects in the Indian city of Chandigarh. The government building in the Capitol complex was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2016. It was for him that Jeanneret designed a variety of furniture models, which today have gained the widest popularity. Sofa Edra. Table Giro, Zanotta. Black table Ethnicraft, L’Appartment

Natalia and Ivan Trofimov, Blockstudio, designed an apartment in an old house in the Prechistenka district and talked about how to make a classic interior modern. The customers of this project contacted Blockstudio at the stage of choosing an apartment. “This is the perfect moment! – Natalia and Ivan Trofimov speak in one voice. “For all the obvious pros and cons, there are plenty of pitfalls and hidden opportunities in any space that only an architect can spot.”

The obvious advantages of this apartment of 203 sq. meters were high ceilings 4.3 meters, thirteen windows, and reinforced concrete ceilings installed in this old Moscow house on Prechistenka during the overhaul of the 1980s. But the main thing that the architects saw was the possibility of a complete redevelopment, which allowed natural light to enter absolutely all rooms, from the bathroom to the hallway. Sunlight penetrating into the farthest corners of the apartment through transoms and stained-glass windows is a favorite technique of Blockstudio bureau.

Cabinet. Fireplace portal made of natural stone, designed by Blockstudio. Armchair Ribbon, Artifort, GK Concept. USM shelving. On the shelves: vases Bolia, GK Concept.

As well as the enfilade layout, along the axis of which the architects placed the living room, dining room, and office. This part is separated from the private rooms by the hall, where the main portal with hinged doors leads. “When designing this structure, we kept in mind the image of a classic wooden screen – elegant, light, and at the same time very functional,” says Natalia. — Door glazing is duplicated by hinged panels made of oak laths. If desired, they can be easily removed to, for example, wash the glass or make the structure even more permeable.”

Living room.  Chest of drawers Luxor, Cappellini. Wall lamp Eclipse, Roll & Hill. Cassina armchairs. Painting by Natalia Zanchevskaya. Carpet cc-tapis.
Canteen. Table Tre Sekel, Artilleriet. Oak. Chairs Finn Juhl. Suspension lamp Carbon Light, Tokio.

“And if we based the planning on the techniques of classical architecture, then in the rest we decided to play in contrast,” says Ivan. — This is how laconic rounded gypsum cornices appeared, which form an enveloping domed space. The fireplace portal made of natural stone is very simple, but due to the rounded wavy ribs, an interesting plasticity is created.

Living room. Sofa Standard, Francesco Binfare, Edra. The key element is the “smart pillow”. The backrests and armrests can be molded as desired with a slight movement of the hand. Edra patented Gellyfoam® in 2004, a new generation material. This is a special foam that combines softness, comfort, and relaxation. Painting by Alexey Dubinsky Art Sample.
Cabinet. Table Time and Style. Chair Overgaard & Dyrman. Table lamp and sconce, vintage, Brodach Selection. Shelving USM. On the shelves: vases by Liza Fedotova, LF Ceramics, and sculptures by Anna Gracheva, Leto Ceramic, and SkLO, GK Concept. On the wall are photographs of Alexei Naroditsky

The super-minimalist kitchen almost blends into the wall. To enhance this image, the hood was built into a box with a molded cornice. And in order to visually lighten the volume, a custom-made panel made of an aged mirror and metal was placed in the center. “This is the first project in our practice where there is practically no built-in light and so many chandeliers! Natalia continues. – Spots are installed only in the library to highlight paintings. The rest is pendant lamps, sconces, floor lamps. This decision led to high ceilings.

Children’s. A closet staircase leads to a hidden playroom.
Bulthaup kitchen. Mirror, design by Blockstudio. Pendant lights: Noctambule Suspension, Flos, andAtelier Areti. Fredericia chair. Vases Ferm Living, GK Concept. Radiators Viadrus Kalor. Painting by Dmitry Samygin.

Each lamp was chosen as an art object. However, we adhered to the same principle when selecting furniture, decor, contemporary art, and even … beds for a cat. For her, by the way, even at the construction stage, special loopholes in the walls and a “separate bathroom” are provided. And this is also important. Real luxury is always in the details!

Bedroom. The painting “Eva” is the first object that the hostess bought for the future interior. Console table, Blockstudio design. Wall lamp Marset. Table lamp &Tradition, GK Concept. Bed linen, bedspread Ateliertati.
Fragment of the bedroom. Glas Italia table. On the table is a sculpture of Lev Efimov. Armchair Overgaard & Dyrman.
Hall. BoConcept bench, vintage chest of drawers. Chandelier, Italian vintage, Murano glass, Brodach Selection. Lighting: Karakter Copenhagen, Michael Anastassiades, Catellani & Smith. On the wall is a photograph of Ivan Trofimov.
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