“Oak Tube” Apartment Inspired by “London” Movie: Rounded Oak-Planked Walls, Ceramic Granite, Through Space and Feeling of Incompleteness
Igor, a businessman
Number of rooms: 3
Metric area: 114 m²
Ceiling height: 2.8 m
Floor number: 5
A newly-built housing estate in the heart of Moscow met its new inhabitant, Igor, 2 years ago. The purchase of 100-m² area was made for investment purposes rather than for living, and before renovation the flat stood absolutely empty for about half a year. With time Igor decided to decorate it, though he still doesn’t live here permanently.
As the host started to look through the interior designers’ Web-sites, he was a bit disappointed with their uniformity, which, he believes, is dictated by a great demand for mediocre projects in styles of Russian izba, eclecticism, “new classics” and high-tech. Since the idea of space reorganization was born quite spontaneously, Igor had no clear view of what he actually wanted. His strived for something laconic and “incomplete”, like in interiors of “London” movie.
After a while Igor was accidentally directed to Peter Kostyolov’s site, whose projects apparently stood out from the rest and were consonant with the host’s wishes by their stylistic content.
Thus, Igor became a perfect client – he gave the architect carte-blanche. Peter prepared 5 possible options and Igor just picked up the right one – “Oak tube”. Its principal concepts were through space and multi-levelness, which as a whole create a small country-house feeling.
Minimalism predefined by the interior and its self-sufficiency are carefully preserved by the owner. One of the few details he added is a deer-shaped coat rack, which he brought from a French ski resort after conquering another peak and drinking another liter of grappa. However, as Igor confesses, this is his traditional way of getting such trophies and interior stuff.
Next to the entrance hall and the walk-in closet there is a guest’s bathroom equipped with Duravit fitments.
Walls of the corridors, leading to the rest of the rooms from both sides, are partially faced with glass, which expands them visually.
The bedroom features street lamps giving soft light.
The bedroom is the only completely isolated room in the flat, that by the way doesn’t seem so: it continues the general idea of an “oak tube” with rounded walls, which actually gave name to the architectural project. Most of the walls are functionally enabled: they feature built-in closets and recesses.
One more sanitary unit is arranged in the bedroom. Bathroom equipment — Duravit, Hansgrohe.
The walls are faced with decorative plaster, and traditional kitchen tiling is replaced with ceramic granite. Lamps by Tom Dixon.
Plinth of ceramic granite is a reasonable solution from both decorative and practical points of view.
Kitchen panels were bought in IKEA, table tops are made of artificial stone.
Most of the furniture items were made from Peter’s drawings, including high bar stools and a wooden-top table. Lamp hanging over the dining zone — Foscarini.
Arm-chairs of buffalo skin for cigar rooms — Home Concept.
Ceramic granite, which was actively used for creating patterns on the floor, was cut according to Peter’s sketches.
The main challenge, which the architect faced in the very beginning, was lighting. With its fifth-floor location and windows overlooking the backyard, the apartment extremely lacked natural lighting. For the sake of using it to the maximum, the general space was organized in a through and multi-level way, so that the daylight was distributed evenly over the rooms.
The idea of utilizing a darker shade of oak, which would look more solid and sturdy, was sacrificed for the same reasons. To preserve the texture and naturalness of the wood as a basic interior element, it was treated with natural German oil Biofa. Accents were placed on leather arm-chairs and sofa by Home Concept (Vintage Cigar line).
One of the recesses over the sofa was meant for a projector, and the opposite one – for the screen. But due to the workers’ miscalculation the idea was never implemented.
Lamps — Modular, Louis Poulsen.
Furniture, which would perfectly fit into the interior thanks to its rounded shapes, reminding of 1960s, didn’t suit Igor for comfort reasons. So, this arm-chair and other items are compromise solutions found by the host.
Suspended lamp and felt standard lamp — Tom Dixon.