This project was born thanks to a non-standard order. Elena Simkina’s client is a stylist by profession and a collector of works by Erte, Russian graphic artist, set designer, fashion designer Roman Tyrtov, who worked in Paris and Hollywood and was one of the leading artists of the Art Deco era.

Canteen. Table and chairs, Eichholtz; mirror, Pagoda Mirror; shelving and console, Rooma Design & Furniture; chandelier, Gramercy Home; vases, Moon-stores; table lamp, “Katya Gerdt’s Workshop”; glass sculpture from the shop “Objects”. Photo: Sergey Ananyev; stylist: Daria Soboleva

The customer of Elena Simkina bought an apartment on Leninsky Prospekt to exhibit her collection in it. The interior was supposed to be appropriate: the customer dreamed of combining Chinese style with French in it in order to recreate the atmosphere of the “jazz age“, as Francis Scott Fitzgerald, the author of The Great Gatsby and The Last Tycoon, called the twenties. And only the bedroom seemed to her simple and calm. 

The apartment was bought in a 1940 house, which is recognized as an object of cultural heritage, so redevelopment was excluded. According to Elena Simkina, this is for the best. “I like stalinki,” she explains, “we keep everything possible in them. Of course, it’s not easy, but we already know what to do with windows, parquet, stucco. It’s a pity when people buy a Stalinist apartment in order to break everything in it. But, as a rule, most still understand why they made such a purchase”” The layout is left actual: a fairly long corridor divides the apartment into two almost equal parts, on the right — a living room and a kitchen, on the left – a bedroom and a nursery. Plus two bathrooms. It is possible that all this is not a legacy of the Stalin era, but the result of the previous renovation, which was done in 2000, but it was impossible to change the layout, so they left everything as it is. But inside everything was completely redone. 

Квартира в охраняемом доме 1940-х годов, 88 м²

Living room. Armchairs, Shirma-Mebel, upholstered, Loffi lab; side table, Iros Mebel; screen, de Gournay, carpets, MarkPatlisStudio; coffee table, Baker Furniture; sofa, Cazarina Interiors; curtains, Loffi lab; pillows, enere.it and H&M Home; vintage vase, RetroNord.Photo: Sergey Ananyev; stylist: Daria Soboleva

Erte’s sketches take pride of place in the living room. ”Our living room has a Chinese accent,” says Elena. The Chinese flavor is created by the golden screen de Gournay, Baker coffee table, Eichholtz chairs and several other items created in different companies and countries, but inspired by the art of the Celestial Empire. The French balcony with beautiful decorative elements, which was originally here, the walls with floor-to-ceiling moldings and the white color that unites everything are responsible for the style of the Paris apartment. The double doors with glass between the corridor and the living room are remembered for the fact that this is Stalinka. Here, by the way, they were not here, after the previous renovation, there was not a trace of the original finish left in the apartment. The kitchen is attached to the living room, but hidden in a niche and looks more like a bar in a dance hall. Elena Simkina confirms: you can dance in this living room, it is bright, spacious and it seems even more good giving a mirror panel to the entire wall. 

Квартира в охраняемом доме 1940-х годов, 88 м²

A fragment of the living room. Armchairs, Shirma-Mebel, upholstered, Loffi lab; screen, de Gournay, carpets, MarkPatlisStudio; coffee table, Baker Furniture; sofa, Cazarina Interiors; curtains, Loffi lab; pillows, enere.it and H&M Home; vintage vase, RetroNord.

Photo: Sergey Ananyev; stylist: Daria Soboleva

Квартира в охраняемом доме 1940-х годов, 88 м²

Canteen. Table and chairs, Eichholtz; mirror, Pagoda Mirror; shelving and console, Rooma Design & Furniture; chandelier, Gramercy Home; vases, Moon-stores; table lamp, “Katya Gerdt’s Workshop”; glass sculpture from the shop “Objects”. 

Photo: Sergey Ananyev; stylist: Daria Soboleva

Квартира в охраняемом доме 1940-х годов, 88 м²

Kitchen. Bar stools, LuxDesignGroup; kitchen facades, IKEA.Photo: Sergey Ananyev; stylist: Daria Soboleva

There is no dressing room in the apartment — the designers offered to arrange it in place of the second bathroom, but the customer refused, so we had to build two huge closets in the bedroom. The mirrors built into the doors of the viewer expand the space, so the bedroom does not look cramped. The grey suede wallpaper that covers the wall behind the headboard of the bed increases its resemblance to a jewelry box.

Квартира в охраняемом доме 1940-х годов, 88 м²

Bedroom. Headboard and curtains, Loffi lab; bedside tables, Any Home; lamp, Zara Home; cabinets made according to the sketches of the author of the project in the workshops of Home Emotions; wallpaper, Arte; bed linen, AtelierTati; lamp, Zara Home; on the wall vintage work from the gallery “Lea”.

Photo: Sergey Ananyev; stylist: Daria Soboleva

The apartment is not intended for permanent residence — the customer with her husband and little daughter lives outside the city, the apartment on Leninsky Prospekt is needed for her short trips to Moscow to meet her friends and wait out the time between meetings. But sometimes she doesn’t come to town alone — and that’s why the girl has her own room here. The tone in it is literally and figuratively set by wallpaper with palm trees, giraffes and half-naked graces. The palm tree managed to materialize with the help of the company Eichholtz, the dancer from the Erte drawing, which hangs above the brass crib, also looks like she fluttered out of the rainforest. 

Квартира в охраняемом доме 1940-х годов, 88 м²

Childish. Chest of drawers and table lamp in the form of a giraffe, Don Maison; armchair, IKEA; floor lamp, Eichholtz; mirror in a velvet frame and curtains, Loffi lab; tapestry, MarkPatlisStudio; vases, Moon-stores. Photo: Sergey Ananyev; stylist: Daria Soboleva

Квартира в охраняемом доме 1940-х годов, 88 м²

Childish. Bed, Polini; floor lamp, Eichholtz.Photo: Sergey Ananyev; stylist: Daria Soboleva

Since the customer is a professional stylist and, quite possibly, will hold business meetings in this apartment, the designers have designed the hallway as a business card: if a collection of fashion sketches is presented in other rooms, then here it is part of the shoe collection. A special cabinet has been designed for shoes and bags. The Chinese theme on the business card is represented by a fresco with storks and a mosaic with oriental ornaments. Actually, the designers in this project were most afraid to overdo it with China. “We decided,” admits Elena Simkina, “let it be in detail”” 

Квартира в охраняемом доме 1940-х годов, 88 м²

Hallway. The cabinet is made according to the sketches of the author of the project in the workshops of Home Emotions; banquette, ROOMA design & furniture; console and chandelier, Any Home; sconces, Arteriors; fresco, Affresco.Photo: Sergey Ananyev; stylist: Daria Soboleva

Квартира в охраняемом доме 1940-х годов, 88 м²

Hallway. Console and chandelier, Any Home; sconce, Arteriors; fresco, Affresco.Photo: Sergey Ananyev; stylist: Daria Soboleva

Квартира в охраняемом доме 1940-х годов, 88 м²

Bathroom. Photo: Sergey Ananyev; stylist: Daria Soboleva

Квартира в охраняемом доме 1940-х годов, 88 м²

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