This Moscow studio apartment from Russian architect Peter Kostelov has me reconsidering my infatuation with the industrial aesthetic — this is a HARD apartment! Though all the metallic finishes, washed out grays and right angles are appealing on their own, pulled together in this way makes the space feel like a prison!Even though I long to inject some color and softness into the space, Peter Kostelov has implemented some great ideas for turning a small studio apartment into a seemingly endless space! Doorways, counter tops and ceiling heights are proportionately scaled for a uniform look. Single function spaces like the bathroom and kitchen are much smaller than they could be to maximize living space.
What simple things would you do to soften this space? I'd add large-scaled artwork to diminish the effect of the metallic finishes and some jewel-toned textiles would keep the space looking sophisticated but add some color depth.
(Images: Zinon Razutdinov)