The designers took the teenager’s dreams and turned them into reality, transforming the room in about three months. The space became minimalist and functional. The main feature is a plywood structure containing a large bed and numerous shelves and drawers. This freed up the rest of the room, which now appears large and bright.
Who lives here: A 13-year-old girl, who shares her home with her parents, sister and two brothers
Designers: Alexander Malinin and Anastasia Sheveleva of Int2architecture
Originally, the room had a closet containing clothes and bed linens for the whole family, shelves for school stuff, a dresser for small items and books, a single bed, and a desk, say designers Alexander Malinin and Anastasia Sheveleva. As a result, the space felt cramped.
The designers’ main task was to look for a way to link all the elements to create a coherent whole. In addition to the general architectural design, the use of white and gray plays an important role in harmonizing the space. The floor of plywood and solid oak is white, and white paint covers the walls.
Wall paint: Pure Brilliant White Diamond Matt, Dulux
The unit is made of coniferous plywood, a material characterized by lightness and durability that is easy to work with. Coniferous plywood also is inexpensive and looks as good as solid wood. The textiles are cotton, linen and wool.
Cabinet unit: Knertser Grupp; coniferous plywood: Ilim Timber; mattress: Toris; sofa bed fabric: Arben; sofa pillows: Ewald; throw pillows: HeadyMade
The insect posters are enlarged illustrations from vintage zoology reference books.
Desk: Knertser Grupp; Оrganic chair by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen: Funkyhome; laser-cut D: Posmetal; posters: Sovaprint
The rattan basket complements the natural style of the room. It’s also an excellent storage solution since it’s big enough to hold extra pillows and blankets.
Basket: Laura Ashley
Knobs: The Dots, Muuto
The pendant light over the desk was designed by Katerina Kopytina. It is carved from a solid piece of oak and uses only energy-saving lightbulbs.
Pendant light: Light Bean at The Fields
The secret to fitting in the three elements lay in the use of a wide sliding board: When moved to one side, it reveals the blackboard; when moved to the other, it reveals the mirror. When the board is placed in the middle, it becomes a projector screen that can connect to a laptop. The projector sits in the center storage compartment above the bed, shown in the diagrams.
Mirror: Moskovskaja Zerkal’naja Fabrika; sliding board: Knertser Grupp