Inspired by their client’s trip to
Using photos of the Schminke House as a basis for the project and integrating influences from Bauhaus, Modernism and
No strangers to working within such a
Built-in furniture and flooring in stained timber became a focal point of the interior, an arresting expression of Soviet architecture that the designers sought to separate from any negative connotations. As they elaborate “our goal was to prove that design exists independently from the time and challenges of that period. Once you abstract away from negative associations, you can purely enjoy Soviet architecture, design, philosophy and even domestic life.”
The aesthetics are rigorous and rational, an exposed wall on the window side along with a structural column remain untouched, a nod to the beauty of Russian constructivism while the furniture is staunchly modernist in form. Classics like the Philippe Starck lemon squeezer came from the clients’ personal collection while most furniture pieces were sourced from marketplace websites and Instagram pages – the modern day thrift.
Notably, the black leather armchair, discovered on a vintage store on Instagram from an unknown manufacturer, ties the whole space together.
As Büro stated – “We all liked it, and it’s terrific how well it integrated into our design space. After it arrived, we felt like a crystal ashtray and the smell of tobacco are the only things that are missing. It appears that we created an interior 18+.”
Age restrictions aside, this tiny apartment is utilitarian and a bit sexy, proving that big isn’t always best.
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