STERILE WHITE APARTMENT WITH A FEW ORANGE ACCENTS

May 7, 2014
Posted in Apartments

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Metric area: 65 m²
Ceiling height: 2.6 m
Number of rooms: 2
Floor number: 11

Alexandra moved to Moscow almost 20 years ago to qualify as an engineer and this gave her a ticket to the world of interior design. Now she works for a big architecture & design company and sometimes takes private orders. Last year she matured to buy a two-room apartment for herself and turned it into her chief interior design project.

Alexandra’s passion for cleanliness and natural light played its part: the interior is almost completely white. As the windows overlook the southern side, on sunny days the space is entirely penetrated with light refracted by glass partitions and curtains. Alexandra believes that white is a perfect color since it combines all the colors of the spectrum. She even ventured to make the floor white, which is quite untypical of Moscow realities.

As a result of layout changes the two-room apartment creates the feeling of a single space: the bedroom is screened off with glass doors by Lualdi Porte, the recessed balcony became a full-fledged home office and the kitchen is open to the lounge zone. Originally oak parquetry by Ebony had natural wood color, but after a slight treatment got a new pretty tint and traces of aging. All the bulky furniture items and radiators were arranged in recesses, while lamps and a sound system were organized in a plenum. The hostess is not a big fan of cooking, so the cooking zone was made relatively small and a traditional dining table was replaced with a home bar. Most of the furniture in the lodging is Italian. Kitchen utensils are made by Miele, a dining set — by Deloria, and a big sofa in the lounge — by Vibieffe.

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The bedroom is equipped with a bathroom exit. A few pillows over the bed serve as an alternative to a soft bedhead and protect from the cold of concrete walls. Two chests of drawers – the one under the TV-set in the living room and the one in the bedroom – are made by Molteni & C. A big white arm-chair in the corner belongs to Moroso brand, and a grand standard lamp near it is made by Ingo Maurer. In fact, most of the lamps arrived here from Germany, including massive lounge chandeliers and a few bottle-shaped lamps in the dining zone. Accessories are usually brought from travels, as for example a clock and numerous candles by Martin Maison Margiela. A wolf skin is a gift of relatives from the North of Russia who caught the animal on their own.

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The corridor leads to a guest bathroom and a pantry. The entire sanitary porcelain was bought from Catalano, and bathroom furniture – from Falper. A color accent of the bathroom is a surfboard-shaped towel rail. Shoes and accessories in the entrance hall are displayed as a genuine art installation.

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