Situated in a building constructed in 1900, near the centre of Moscow, 'Black and White Apartment' is a two-bedroom apartment with a natural and simple beauty, designed by Crosby Studios for a young couple.
The apartment is on the sunny side and has sunshine all day, dawn to dusk. The owners and the Crosby Studios architecture bureau had similar tastes. They decided to make it into a Brooklyn style studio, not too motley, with clean forms and black and white elements. The team was inspired by Donald Judd sculptures, Konstantin Melnikov architecture and the atmosphere of the Greenpoint and West Village boroughs in New York, as well as pictures of the city from the 1980s.
The entrance to the apartment starts with a narrow corridor that points attention to the window and hammock. To the right of the entrance is a closet with a hidden entrance to the bathroom. In the closet is a convenient open recess for keys and phones.
The studio is a ten meters long space with five windows, similar in size to the windows in New York brownstones. It's divided into three zones: a kitchen, a dining area and a rest zone with a TV hidden in a closet. To reduce the feeling of having a kitchen in the dining area, the top cupboards are white like the walls, while the fridge is hidden in such a way, that only the thin line between the bottom and top door is seen.
The redevelopment was radical. The owners wanted to have a feeling of air in the apartment. As a result, all the partitions were removed. The bedroom and office were moved deeper into the apartment, with the studio along the whole facade wall. Now the bedroom and office are getting air and light, with improved ventilation.
The ceiling was cleared of plaster, to see the real height available. Everyone liked the way the concrete looked and it was left as is. The white jointless floor covers the whole apartment, and the walls on the perimeter of the apartment are colored brick. The bathroom in the shower area behind an arch is covered in black matte mosaic.
The bedroom has an entrance to a small dressing room. The office serves as an additional room for guests or work. The kitchen, table, island bar, dresser, coffee tables, sink and faucet in the bathroom, cupboards, hammock and glass partitions were all produced at Crosby Studios furniture manufacturing. The chair by Kandinsky, the desk, chair and lamps were found in the Mobeledom vintage furniture store. The decorations were collected by the owners over many years of travel. The penguin head was brought back from Bali, while the vases came from Copenhagen.