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.
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.
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.
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.
The red continues throughout the living room covering the baseboard molding and a custom mirror.
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.
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.
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.
Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.