Three-Room Apartment on Nevsky Avenue
Sergei Bondarev moved to an apartment near the Admiralty building about a year ago. A three-room flat is located in a house, which was built in 1802 by a merchant Leonti Veber. Initially it was a complete storehouse of oddments, but with perfect parquetry, three old (but operating) stoves and molded ceilings. Walls were repainted three times, but the pattern of old wallpaper still shows through the white color.
The apartment is full of items painted snow-white: for example, antique bent-wood chairs and a wood framed door. A carry-over from a professor, who used to live here in Soviet times, is a stub on which he chopped wood – Sergei has made it over into a roller table. A wooden foot rest was transformed too – now it’s a moveable flower pedestal. A special spot of the flat is a bathroom – a real white abode. Painted snow-white is even an old font, which was restored and re-enamelled. Details are most essential in the design. Inspired by the art of Vlad Mamyshev-Monroe, Sergei has colored Carl Marx’s portrait, turning him into a bearded girl. Besides the painting, the entrance hall features a collection of keys, found in an old apartment, and works by Finnish street-photographers from the “ Helsinki Looks” exhibition.
Number of rooms: 3
Ceiling height: 4 m
Metric area: 100 m²