There are happy moments in interior design when the customer realizes that he has met his architect, the architect – that he has found his client. This is exactly the case here.

Living room. Henge 07 sofa, Yomey table, Wittmann side table, Flos lamps, Serax vase.Photo: Ivan Sorokin

This apartment in the penthouse of a new building on the Petrogradskaya side was started by another architect, but the owner decided to part with him when the construction was already in full swing. Ilya Zeiman says that the project came to him by accident, they were not familiar with the customer, but after the first discussions they realized that they were on the same wavelength.

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

A fragment of the kitchen-living room.

Photo: Ivan Sorokin

The customer has been living in this apartment for a year, it is minimalistic and dark, as he wanted. The predominant color here is black, it is accompanied by gray and the color of wood. With rare exceptions. In the office, for example, there is a terracotta leather sofa, which literally burns with fire against the background of a black wall. A bright sofa, according to Ilya Zeiman, appeared at the very end. The customer, tired of the repair, waved his hand and said: ”Come on!”

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

A fragment of the kitchen-living room. Kitchen, Leicht; appliances, Miele; chairs, KFF; vase, Serax.

Photo: Ivan Sorokin

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

A fragment of the kitchen-living room. Kitchen, Leicht; appliances, Miele; chairs, KFF; vase, Serax.

Photo: Ivan Sorokin

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

A fragment of the kitchen-living room. Kitchen, Leicht; appliances, Miele; chairs, KFF; vase, Serax.

Photo: Ivan Sorokin

Another requirement, sustained just as strictly— is the absence of any ovals, circles, waves. On both floors of the penthouse there is nothing rounded, only right angles everywhere, from the living room to the bathroom. To meet this requirement, apparently, was not so easy, because in terms of the apartment resembles an isosceles triangle, from which rectangular protrusions stick out in all directions. 

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

Living room. Sofa, Henge; table, Yomey; side table, Wittmann; lamps, Flos; vase, Serax.

Photo: Ivan Sorokin

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

A fragment of the living room. Sofa, Henge; table, Yomey; side table, Wittmann; lamps, Flos; vase, Serax.

Photo: Ivan Sorokin

All rooms are specific, except perhaps a utility block and a bathroom. But in the bathroom you can admire the panorama of St. Petersburg from anywhere. A square bath (or, rather, a small pool) is closely adjacent to the panoramic window, the front of the washbasins is opposite, the huge mirror reflects the St. Petersburg sky and the roofs of houses, and in the evening — the lights of the big city.

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

Office. Table, i4 Mariani; chair, Pultrona Frau; sofa, Baxter; tables, Yomey; lamps, Flos.

Photo: Ivan Sorokin

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

A fragment of the cabinet.

Photo: Ivan Sorokin

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

A fragment of the cabinet.

Photo: Ivan Sorokin

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

Set of 3 Hiba tables, 15,664 rubles.

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

Small vase Serax, 8,242 rubles.

Monochrome gamma and ascetic design allowed the author of the project to emphasize the beauty of natural materials. They are all black, but it is a very different black color. It can be rough and rough, like the surface of window slopes lined with slabs of untreated labradorite. Or smooth and slightly shiny, like the upholstery of leather sofas and the facades of wardrobes in the bedroom. Or deep, like the bottom of a well, like Malevich’s black square-if it’s a ceiling painted black.

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

A fragment of the bedroom. Bed, Ceccotti; tables, Yomey; wardrobe with leather facades, Giellesse; lamp, Flos.

Photo: Ivan Sorokin

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

A fragment of the bedroom. Ilya Zeiman noticed the Ceccotti bed a long time ago, but there was nowhere to put it: not every customer dreams of a bed standing in the middle of the room. And then everything coincided: the room, the view, the bed.

Photo: Ivan Sorokin

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

A fragment of the bedroom.

Photo: Ivan Sorokin

The work on this project took about three years and marked the beginning of a long-term cooperation between the architect and the customer. Today they already have several joint projects in their assets, with which both are satisfied. As the hero of one of Alexey Balabanov’s films said, the main thing in life is to find your own and calm down.

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

A fragment of the bedroom. Bed, Ceccotti; table, Yomey; lamps, Vibia.

Photo: Ivan Sorokin

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

A fragment of the bedroom. Behind the door is a corridor through which you can go to the bathroom with a huge panoramic window and a square bathtub.

Photo: Ivan Sorokin

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

Bathroom attached to the bedroom.

Photo: Ivan Sorokin

Квартира на Петроградской стороне, 200 м²

Photo: Ivan Sorokin

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