Expressive Minimalism by MNdesign

Expressive Minimalism is an inspiring apartment located in Moscow, Russia, designed in 2018 by MNdesign.

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Description

Expressive minimalism—that’s how we can define a style of a 125-meter apartment project in a residential complex on Kastanaevskaya Street, Moscow. This project was executed for our established clients, a family of four people.

We divided the apartment into two zones located in different parts of the apartment: the parents’ area and the children’s area. The parents’ area is completely “independent”—besides the bedroom, it contains its own bathroom and dressing room. These two “wings” join in the center of the apartment—a large space of kitchen and living room, including curious round bay balcony. The dining table was unnecessary in this project, so it was replaced with a transforming coffee table and a large bar counter which became a focal point in the center of the living room. We insulated the balcony from the cold and made there a chill-out area with a couch along the perimeter. Later, a compact bio fireplace is expected to be placed in the center of this area.

We defined the aesthetic concept of the project as expressive minimalism. Design is typical of modern style—minimalism, contemporary—but at the same time is not featureless, but full of impressive and dynamic details. They include expressive materials moving in bulks on different surfaces, and complex architectonics of original furniture elements made according to our design, and rhythmic graphics of tile layout in bathrooms and of furniture panels.

The apartment is expected to be light but at the same time attractive and contrasting. Expressive materials—teak veneer and stone veneer, black glass, ceramic granite imitating natural stone, decorative plaster having an unobtrusive texture—stand out against a light neutral background. All this creates a bright, warm, and quite contrasting palette.

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- by Matt Watts

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