OFFICE IN THE WORLD OF FUR

May 22, 2014
Posted in Apartments

1-large office

Metric area: 500 m²

Back in 1912 a famous merchant-furrier and the chief supplier of the Emperor Household Aleksey Mikhailov built the first Russian fur refrigerator — a cold fur store.

A century later, after numerous transformations, it became “Catherine Fur” fashion house, but the building stands as before. The engineer responsible for its design was open for plenty of innovative for that time ideas: air in the ventilation system is cooled by artesian water from a confined well, walls are faced with thick corkwood panels, and floors are connected by two elevating machines.

After the Socialist Revolution of 1917 the merchants’ inheritors emigrated and the fur refrigerator became national wealth. It was used for storing furs and carpets, classifying and preparing fur skins and processed pelts for export, and arranging them for participation in international auctions in St. Petersburg, London, Helsinki and Copenhagen. A common store gradually grew into a scientific basis of Russian furriery: here appeared first doctoral theses, educational books, and records.

So, the present top management’s task is keeping the secular heritage and apply contemporary approach to it. Last year the company celebrated its 100th anniversary, which became a nice reason for renovating the old Soviet-time interiors.

2-leather chairs
3-round chandelier

The building includes sartorial, skinnery, and sorting shops; a service department including dry-cleaning, storage and repair divisions; and another two floors for representation and administrative purposes.

New interior design was worked out by the managing director, and a set of art works was composed by a professional art historian. The 2nd floor was projected as a representative zone with a full-fledged waiting room and top managers’ offices, while the rest of the rooms are designed as classical open spaces with glass partitions. Warm colors prevail in the interior, and finishes are solely natural − cherry wood panels and leather covering. Catherine is not a fan of hi-tech and minimalism, and stylized the office in classical trends. The lack of natural light (the windows overlook the neighboring building) accounts for a great number of glass partitions and a special lighting system.

Neutral interior background is refreshed with a set of modern pieces of art. The pedestal features a masterpiece by Alastair Gibson.

4-beautiful accessories
5-beautiful accessories
6-skull
7-beautiful table
8-comfortable staircase
9-comfortable staircase
10-chair on one leg
11-chair on one leg
12-beautiful photo
13-Account of wood

The spice of the waiting rooms is Mark Chagall’s lithoprint from Christmas series, Alexander Deineka’s picture and a lamp by Ralph Lauren.

14-frosted glass
15-beautiful orchid
16-comfortable hangers
17-black regiment
18-beautiful sofa
19-photo shapes
20-comfortable grip
21-large window

CEO’s office is decorated by a modern French self-taught artist’s painting and comical pictures from late 1930s. The windowsill is adorned by Andrew Martin lamps.
Catherine has furnished her own space with Italian pieces by Giorgetti, MisuraEmme, Tonon, Domingo, and a custom-made desk. Lamps − Sigma Elle Due Lampada Engel, Porta Romana. A Chinese antique chest of drawers arrived from Hong Kong. Icons are uncle’s heritage: he is a professional restorer. Hanging over the chest of drawers are paintings presented by the Museum of Darwin in 1950s in exchange for costly skins for making phantoms. One more piece with a history is the “Pumpkin” by a Japanese artist, who creates her masterpieces out of infinitely many dots in the Mental Hospital of Tokyo.

22-comfortable desk
23-many shelves
24-many shelves
25-real picture
26-small table
27-black frame
28-orange chair
29-orange chair
29-zebra
30-metal inserts
31-set of photos
32-many plants
33-icy figurines
34-metal letters
35-artificial mushrooms
36-white statue
37-white statue
38-skull
39-one tone

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