An Architect’s and Decorator’s Three-Room Flat on 7th Soviet Street
It was over 8 years ago when Ilya Gvozdik, an architect, and Mariya Petrova, a decorator, bought a flat near Oktyabrskiy Grand Concert Hall. Being an ex-communal apartment, the space had to be licked into shape by re-arranging the kitchen entrances, building on a second storey for the son, and creating a “soft” zone in the hallway – a perfect spot for reading and watching movies. With the failure of the idea of leveling the floors in the entire apartment, it was decided to upbuild small ramps. Redecoration process lasted for 2 summer seasons – when it was possible to live in the country.
The kitchen ceiling used to be decorated with a mid-eighteenth-century felt carpet, which was totally ruined due to heavy leakages. Hung in its place was a sky-like banner. Some special atmosphere is also created by the pictures, painted by Masha as a student and given by friends.
HALLWAY AND KITCHEN
Furniture: dinner table by “Drev-Trest”; antique chairs coming through Grandma; pictures by Maria; hanging over the dinner table on the wall — a Turkish table top; a jug, a tray and pots from Dagestan; a beam over the entrance – found in the country.
LIBRARY AND BATHROOM
Furniture: book shelves and poufs — hand-made by the hosts; a kite-like lamp and birds made of cans are hand-made by Maria for film-making.
LOUNGE AND PLAYROOM
Furniture: icons, a wall unit, a table, an early-twentieth-century tapestry imitation – a gift from Masha’s father; a birdcage custom-designed in the Cabinet of Curiosities as a stage scenery; “Drev-Trest” chairs decorated with the views of St. Petersburg.
Furniture: technical light screwed on Grandma’s torchere; sliding door closet upholstered with riveted metal plates.
Ilya, an architect
Mariya, a movie artist, a decorator
Number of rooms: 3
Metric area: 85 m²
Ceiling height: 3.7 m