Lofty Beauty


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Walk through this airy abode in Moscow that ex­udes el­e­gance and fem­i­nin­ity

When Moscow­based stu­dio Oleg Klodt Ar­chi­tec­ture & De­sign ap­proaches a space, one of the first things it con­sid­ers is the per­son­al­i­ties and pref­er­ences of those who will use it. Its lat­est project at Nagorniy Boule­vard is not only an im­pres­sive ex­am­ple of max­imis­ing func­tional space, it also cap­tures the essence of the peo­ple liv­ing there. This com­pact 17th floor apart­ment, which over­looks a park and the Moscow State Univer­sity, is the abode of a strong and de­ter­mined busi­ness­woman who runs one of Rus­sia’s largest ad­ver­tis­ing agen­cies, and her young daugh­ter who loves all things Bri­tish. Anna Agapova, the stu­dio’s part­ner and head of in­te­rior de­sign, is used to work­ing on ex­pan­sive Rus­sian houses. But the rel­a­tively small size (by Rus­sian stan­dards) of this apart­ment pre­sented a chal­lenge when it came to fit­ting in all of the func­tional zones—a kitchen, a liv­ing lounge, a master bed­room, the client’s daugh­ter’s bed­room, a bath­room, pow­der rooms, as well as a laun­dry area and a study.


To avoid over­crowd­ing the space, Agapova thought care­fully about each and ev­ery piece of fur­ni­ture and dec­o­ra­tive ob­ject that she used. “Our client wanted an Amer­i­can loft style look. We ac­com­plished this by cre­at­ing a ‘liv­ing’ space where rooms flow into each other, leav­ing a feel­ing of as­ton­ish­ing in­tegrity. We used light and bright colours in the lounge, and min­i­mal­ist fur­ni­ture that evokes the feel of the Swing­ing Six­ties. The over­all re­sult is a re­strained and el­e­gant apart­ment that com­bines Bel­gian mo­tifs and the at­mos­phere of Lon­don with the style of a New York loft,” says Agapova. For a sleek and un­clut­tered aes­thetic, the floors were con­structed with poured con­crete. Plenty of metal pan­els, wooden win­dow frames, paint­work, photo-wall­pa­per and mir­rors were also used to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of vo­lu­mi­nous spa­ces within the home. “This all con­trib­utes to an at­mos­phere rem­i­nis­cent of a top-floor Man­hat­tan high­rise apart­ment,” says the de­signer.


To cre­ate a balance of con­trasts, Agapova used a pal­ette of colours based on a monochro­matic com­bi­na­tion of black, grey, and light-grey tones, off­set with splashes of brighter shades such as yel­low, turquoise for the chairs, and or­ange on the cush­ions. “There are lev­elled con­crete floors through­out the apart­ment, and al­most no tex­tile is used in the dec­o­ra­tion. In­stead, com­fort and soft­ness comes in the form of plush car­pets, which make for a har­mo­nious com­bi­na­tion with the tac­tile sur­faces,” ex­plains the de­signer. Agapova al­lowed the de­sign and shapes of the fur­ni­ture pieces to in­form much of the de­sign di­rec­tion. She picked up fur­ni­ture and decor from Amer­i­can brands Plan­ta­tion De­sign, Mitchell Gold + Bob Wil­liams and Restora­tion Hard­ware, along with pieces by Bri­tish de­sign­ers Tom Faulkner, Ju­lian Chich­ester, and Joanna Bibby and Har­riet Maxwell Mac­don­ald of Ochre. A num­ber of European items were also se­lected.


The dif­fer­ent zones in the apart­ment blend smoothly into each other, and the over­all feel­ing is one of holis­tic in­tegrity. At the en­trance, MDF panel walls, a globe-shaped chan­de­lier from Troy Light­ing and a Soane Bri­tain mir­ror cre­ate a ho­tel-like pref­ace to the space. The liv­ing lounge, with two so­fas—a larger piece from Henge and a smaller beige Au­to­ban212—and a Riviera rug, is a cosy and chic space for par­ties and in­ti­mate gather­ings. From the lounge, one gets a clear view into the kitchen din­ing area, where Agapova cre­ated an el­e­gant yet re­laxed com­po­si­tion. Key pieces in­clude a tor­nado-like Restora­tion Hard­ware din­ing ta­ble made from cir­cu­lar sec­tions of ply­wood with a black top and a tex­tured metal apron, which is ac­com­pa­nied by trans­par­ent Magis chairs that are fit­ted with royal blue up­hol­stered seats.


As for the master bed­room, Agapova fur­nished the space with dis­tressed glass pan­els, a head­board tai­lor-made by the stu­dio and Art Deco-in­spired bed­side lamps. The clean, sharp cor­ners to­gether with the grey and blue pal­ette con­vey mas­cu­line over­tones. Yet like its owner, the space still ex­udes fem­i­nine grace.

Sharp cor­ners and cool colours in the home con­vey mas­cu­line over­tones, while its el­e­gant pro­por­tions ex­ude a strong air of fem­i­nine grace

The daugh­ter’s room was de­signed to fit the Bri­tish theme that utilises the colour pal­ette of the Union Jack. Above the bed, the in­di­vid­ual wall-mounted lights are fused to­gether in the pat­tern of the Lon­don Metro sys­tem. The wall across from the bed is dec­o­rated with wall­pa­per that shows views of West­min­ster Abbey, while her bed­room door re­sem­bles the doors of Lon­don’s dou­ble-decker buses. Some of the smaller dec­o­ra­tive items were picked up at flea mar­kets in Lon­don and Paris. The art­works in the apart­ment in­clude a se­ries of ab­stract paint­ings by Mus­covite painter Olga Shag­ina, as well as art­works drawn by the owner her­self. “What in­spired this project was our client’s unique per­son­al­ity, her strength and de­ter­mi­na­tion. The in­te­ri­ors are a re­flec­tion of her style, a fu­sion of hard and soft el­e­ments that come to­gether to cre­ate some­thing won­der­ful,” con­cludes Agapova.

LEFT TO RIGHT The home is dec­o­rated with ab­stract paint­ings by Mus­covite painter Olga Shag­ina, as well as art­works drawn by the owner her­self; a view of the master bed­room from the din­ing area; com­fort and soft­ness are ex­tended by plush car­pets,...

LEFT TO RIGHT Clever use of stream­lined fur­ni­ture, large win­dows, metal pan­els and mir­rors through­out the home cre­ates the il­lu­sion of vo­lu­mi­nous spa­ces

FROM TOP The daugh­ter’s Bri­tish-style room takes colour cues from the Union Jack; vin­tage finds from Paris and Lon­don add a touch of eclec­ti­cism to the apart­ment

OP­PO­SITE PAGE With its plush car­pet­ing and cool tones, the master bed­room ex­udes an air of fem­i­nine grace

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