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Rublevka residence, designed by Oleg Klodt
Commissioned by a design connoisseur passionate about Soviet-era Constructivism and early 20th Century art, Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design has reconstructed an existing building in Rublevka, a countryside enclave on the outskirts of Moscow, and transformed it into a family residence shaped by Late-Constructivist style.
Conceived with a modern, functional approach and brimming with historic objects and artwork, the interior reflects the aesthetics of the movements during the 1930s and ‘40s. Thousands of items were sourced by the design team from around the globe, including vintage memorabilia and carefully selected antiques. By combining these with modern pieces, the discerning eye of Oleg Klodt created an interior imbued with the tastes of Constructivism.
An extensive degree of spatial reconfiguration was required as the building’s existing layout did not meet the client's functional needs. Where the study is now located, once stood a garage, and current living room is where the swimming pool once was. The pool is now positioned in the fully glazed garden conservatory, immersing the family in nature
To ensure that all rooms receive an abundance of natural light, large window panes are fitted throughout the structure, while the dining room comes to life with a painted ceiling mural. In the large gallery at the centre of the residence, and round skylight is fitted and it is a truly spectacular feature.
The kitchen features beautifully grained timber cabinetry and original black walnut chairs by George Nakashima. A graceful spiral staircase links the social ground floor spaces with the two private upper floors. The first floor is reserved for the children, with the highlight being the Hans Wegner writing desk, made of rosewood book matched grain, in the daughter’s room. On the second floor is the master suite with its own dressing room and a small tower leading to a mini-gym and home cinema.
Oleg Klodt’s choice of colour palette is simple yet fine, and the use of high quality material was critical to achieving the desired effect. Many areas are fitted with oak parquet flooring, while the bathroom has teak timber finishes and a Jurassic marble mosaic to create a substantial and luxurious feel.
The charming distinction of this residence’s interior is the clever expression of nostalgic elegance through contemporary furnishings and materials. In the living room, for example, the modern-day Emmanuel Babled coffee table carved from solid marble, as well as the vintage style Bassam Fellows armchair and ottoman fabricated in recent times, perfectly complement photographs of architectural monuments like Hagia Sophia basilica in Istanbul and Chateau de Versailles. Every detail has been meticulously chosen, even through to the electricity sockets. This collection of both treasured originals and future classics, links the past with the present, and was carefully curated for the modern family.
Photo credit: Andrea Martiradonna
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