Design studio, Form, has created a calm respite for a family in the very heart of Moscow's historic city center. Completed in 2016, this large apartment is actually the result of bringing together three existing apartments within a building on a new residential block.
The designers’ primary objective was to build an atmosphere that seamlessly optimized the compartmentalization which already existed from the previous layouts. As a result, the family's private quarters are separated from the apartment’s entertaining spaces by a long hallway that cuts through the layout.
The two elements that have been used to tie these two dedicated spaces together are the muted color scheme and "quiet opulence" that both prevail throughout the decor. Pale colored, oak wood has been used to cover walls, makes up the kitchen cabinets, and is also used in some of the custom-designed furniture items - one must note the beautifully articulated coffee table in the living room with its inlay of different colored wood stripes punctuated by bright blue strips. Further reflecting this quietly radiant theme ceilings and walls have been painted in white or off-white.
Pale flashes of color make a hushed appearance in the form of the pale aquamarine shade found on the living room walls, as well as in one of the bathrooms and in one of the children's rooms. Other muted color pops manifest in the form of single items, for instance, a pale pink velvet armchair in one of the children's bedrooms and a blue chair as well as the aquamarine-colored, velvet curtains in another. The only splashes of pattern in the entire apartment seem to be the wallpapers in the bathrooms and the few, well placed paintings hanging on the walls which are a calm surprise, like ripples of water in an otherwise still pond.
Not to be missed are the chandeliers that hang like ornaments throughout the space, such as the red metal chandelier hanging in one of the children's bedrooms, or the glass globe and bronzed brass chandelier hanging above the vast dining table. In fact, it is the chandeliers mainly rounded or curved forms, the round mirrors in the marble and wood bathrooms, and the rounded vanity table in the bedroom, that seem to provide a curvy yin to the linear yang of the rest of the apartment's décor, as the entire layout and most of the elements that exist within it are mainly linear.
This is ultimately an apartment that was designed to be lived in but lived in well; with each space and each detail within the space optimized for a specific purpose and in keeping with the general narrative that runs through the environment as a whole.