I was invited to a costume party last week and one costume I considerd was to go as 'Anna Karenina'. During my research for outfit ideas I really got into Russian 'old world' decor so I found these sumptuous overstuffed interiors by Alexandre Vassiliev, an international costume and set designer based in Paris, who decorated his 1950s apartment in Moscow and a 1913 dacha in Vilnius, Lithuania, with a studied eye to the past. I think they evoke a csarist Russia.
A 'palazzina' in a hip Milanese neighbourhood stretching over four floors, the top floor being a conservatory. Highlights include the stainless steel kitchen and the round window in the floor of the music room (imagine having a music room!?). The glass from on the ground floor gives the allusion that the inside and outside are one seamless space.
Now that you've seen the über-cool flat of the Autoban designers last week I bet you are curious to see what the spaces Autoban designs look like, right? Here is a cafe in Istanbul they designed. It is on my to do list for my next trip to Istanbul and hopefully European Chic reader A. from the Porto area, Portugal, will also visit this cafe when she goes there this summer.
This is the Berlin atelier/flat of a renown Austrian painter, Xenia Hausner. I am a sucker for artists spaces! The space was designed to her specifications as Xenia does not believe in seperating her professional and private life (Fantastic concept, although I guess in numerous other professions a seperation is rather healthy).
It is so rare to see flats that are not tidied up and styled, so this space feels very real. I like the open space concept, the very organised pantry, and the hardwood floors.
What a fairy tale: A hat maker (actually a famous one who has already been exhibited at the V&A museum) creates an outdoor garden room in South London because 'The great thing about this "room" is that it's a lovely private space. I garden either at six o'clock in the morning or at night with a torch and a gin and tonic, and I have breakfast out here whenever I can. ' Sounds good to me!