Collection by Caroline Wallis

A Compact Moscow Apartment Renovation Draws on Its Soviet Past


This 590-square-foot apartment was stripped down to admit sunlight and dramatically reveal forgotten surfaces.

Moscow-based Crosby Studios, headed by Harry Nuriev and Dmitry Vorontsov, opened up a stuffy Soviet era apartment and filled it with their firm's custom art and furnishings. Vorontsov explains, “In the early stages of the project, we decided on a light modern style, reminiscent of apartments and workshops of the Soviet intelligentsia. Some walls are white to contrast the other rough, unplastered walls. We decided to keep some of the walls and partitions ‘nude’.” The resulting apartment, which took only four months to renovate for their young couple clients, features a series of prominent textures throughout: rough plaster, brick, oak herringbone floors, rust-washed concrete, and tile. In terms of sight and touch, Crosby Studios’ unique take on brutalist interior design makes for a dynamic experience.

Crosby Studios eventually found this rust-washed concrete wall underneath many layers of wallpaper.
The long white dresser at the end of the living room pops against the concrete, making it an ideal venue to show off...
A gray Liam sofa is a smart solution for partitioning rooms while keeping an open plan in a small space.
The residents included an original set of stools and shelving from the 2015 Crosby Studios collection to show off their...
No space is wasted in the apartment—even behind-the-door corners.
To make the most out of a small footprint, Vorontsov experimented with some creative partitions.
The plaster on the bedroom wall was too hard to remove, but Vorontsov is glad the clients kept it; its unique texture...
The approximately 4 inch by 4 inch white ceramic tile flooring is typical of Soviet-era bathrooms.
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