Cartelle Design Creates Cozy Drama in a Compact Moscow Apartment

The custom bed is the one of the few splashes of color in the otherwise minimalist interior. Photography by Denis Krasikov.

When a young woman came to Moscow’s Cartelle Design to conceive interiors for her 430-square-foot apartment, founders Denis Krasikov and Anastasiia Struchkova knew they should keep things simple. They also knew that didn’t mean things had to be dull.

Hay dining chairs surround a custom table, beneath a SvetHall pendant; the kitchen faucet is by Blanco Mida. Photography by Denis Krasikov.

“Beams on the high ceilings and a panoramic window gave the space a special mood,” says Struchkova, “so we decided to use a minimum of partitions. We cut a large loft window on the wall between the rooms to let in light and visually connect the two spaces.”

A Hay chair creates a workspace in the bedroom. Photography by Denis Krasikov.

As for décor, Krasikov notes, “there are only a few black and white posters and decorative pillows on the windowsill,” along with new custom shelving for the client’s library. “The main element is a poster of a panda, which adds charm and informality.” It hangs near the true focal point of the space: a bright yellow four-poster bed, a bit of sunlight in all the coziness.

Color appears in the bathroom courtesy of Ceramica Bardelli shower tiles behind a Grohe showerhead. Photography by Denis Krasikov.
Sliding doors conceal a backlit closet. Photography by Denis Krasikov.
After dark, a Centrsvet pendant illuminates the bed. Photography by Denis Krasikov.

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