Moving to a new city often means missing family. To avoid this feeling of absence as much as possible, Alexandra Potapova’s client gave his parents a very special gift: He purchased them an apartment in Moscow—where he currently lives—to give them the opportunity to visit him whenever they want. “It was a big surprise,” says Alexandra, who was given complete freedom to express her creativity and implement her ideas and vision. “It was a key point for me.”
The flat is located in the Hodinskoje Pole district, famous for its constructivist buildings. The constructivist movement, which originated in Russia in the 1920s, clearly inspired Alexandra (who founded Workshop Studio in 2014). “When I started thinking about the design of this project, I was inspired by the surroundings,” the designer says. “I wanted to make a link between the architecture from outside and the space inside, and merge two styles: Soviet Constructivism and Scandinavian design.” Alexandra mixed cozy and brutalist details throughout the 750-square-foot space, which comprises a hallway, an open living room with a kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a laundry room.