Whimsical Wonderland: A Quirky Modern Apartment Full of Color + Pattern

Daria Vasilkova, of the Art Group, alongside Oksana Zavarzina and Evgeny Schevchenko, of LakeandWalls, has given life to a quirky, colorful apartment that stands as the epitome of her distinctive style. Located on Kutuzovsky Avenue in the heart of Moscow, the apartment boasts a bold color palette, a mix of design aesthetics, a combination of materials, and a playful array of ceramic tiles, which Vasilkova designed herself.

closeup partial interior view of modern kitchen with wavy wood cabinets, dining table, and a mix of colorful dining chairs

Each room makes a design statement, especially with the extensive use of ceramic tiles, most from her own tile company called Reda. Russia, in general, hasn’t grown to appreciate the use of tiles, resulting in Vasilkova to launch her own company that produces tiles with exclusive designs. She likes to use them in unexpected ways, like decorating walls in lieu of wallpaper, on window slopes, and furniture facades.

front facing interior view of modern kitchen with wavy wood cabinets, dining table, and a mix of colorful dining chairs

The centerpiece of the kitchen is the upper bank of warm wood cabinets with wavy fronts. Flanking the center cabinets are two built-in wall cabinets in white with red accents. A shiny kitchen faucet adds another red element. The dining area, which shares the same gradient blue tile floor, pops with Mullit and Magnum chairs by Sancal in different variations of green, red, and blue around a simple table. Looking like two eyes hanging above, two Miami pendants by Il Fanale hang as a final unexpected touch.

angled close up interior view of modern kitchen with wavy wood cabinets, dining table, and a mix of colorful dining chairs

interior view of modern minimalist living room with sectional gray sofa and floor to ceiling windows looking out to city

partial view of living room with modern wood feature wall with mounted tv and chrome shelf against the left wall

A custom metal bookcase in the living room, which holds a mix of books, objects, and plants, is mounted onto black and white patterned Reda tiles.

angled view of chrome wall-mounted bookshelf filled with random objects and plants

view of modern living room with tan sectional sofa with wall-mounted chrome bookshelf filled with random objects

The red continues throughout the living room covering the baseboard molding and a custom mirror.

angled closeup of cobalt blue console table with black and white patterned wall tile with quirky red mirror above

A cobalt blue cabinet clad in Reda’s Sport 60’s tiles lives under a sculptural mirror by Elisaveta Solonitsyna, also made of ceramics by Reda.

angled view of open hallway in modern apartment with light blue pouf in center on black and white tile floor

view of open hallway in modern apartment with light blue pouf in center on black and white tile floor

partial view of modern bedroom with partition block wall separating space

partial view of modern bedroom with partition block wall separating space

Even the bedrooms have unexpected yet clever details, like this custom, perfortated wall that doubles as a headboard in one of the child’s rooms.

partial view of modern bedroom with partition block wall separating space

partial view of modern bedroom with large blue and white artwork above bed with light colored linens

partial view of modern bedroom with large blue and white artwork above bed with light colored linens and red desk to the side

Some of the tiles were inspired by Russian fairytales, like the blue and white ones framing the window in the above bedroom on the left. Aptly named “Dreams,” this tile collection gives nod to the heroes found in those stories.

partial modern bedroom view with door open looking out to hallway

partial modern bedroom view with half of bed featured with curved wood headboard

partial modern bedroom view with half of bed featured with curved wood headboard

view in modern bold bathroom looking to main bedroom with blue and white patterned walls and black and white checked floor

modern bold bathroom with blue and white patterned wall with double white sink with black sink bowls and blue fixtures

angled view of modern bathroom with swirly walls and single white sink and blue faucet

angled view of modern bathroom with swirly walls and single white sink and blue faucet and red bathtub

angled view of modern bathtub niche with red bathtub and gray/blue wall tiles

angled view of modern laundry room

Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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