A Russian take on design for a home in New York, by Ananiev Interiors
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A Russian take on design for a home in New York, by Ananiev Interiors

From Mid Century to classic modern, from colour and texture to form and pattern, this NYC apartment designed by Nadezhda and George Ananyev is a treat to the senses.

by Ronitaa Italia Sep 28, 2019

Colour, bright and bold, rushes out to greet you. You catch the impression of texture too. There are gilded highlights and rounded edges as well. It all looks so good together in this New York home, designed by Nadezhda and George Ananyev of Russia-based Ananiev Interiors.

Their very first project in the US, Nadezhda and George were very clear about what they wanted to do with the brief they got from the homeowners. Widely published across the world, the designer duo was really excited when they first met their to-be clients, who they discovered were also from Russia, now settled in the US.

The painting by Ilya Kabakov sits pretty on walls covered in Casamance wallpaper | New York Residence | Ananiev Interiors | STIRworld
The painting by Ilya Kabakov sits pretty on walls covered in Casamance wallpaper Image Credit: Courtesy of Covet House / N&G Ananiev Interiors

The design brief stated colour, clearly and succinctly. They had their visual goal chalked out and they followed this request to the T, to create a home filled with vintage references showcasing beautiful Mid-Century handmade furniture. Almost everything was built keeping in mind the main idea of visual impact. The owners wanted the first impression of their home to be spectacular. The designers worked on making a statement with expressive walls, gilded detailing, stunning pieces of furniture and outstanding, even provocative pieces of art. The overall scheme of the design is totally reminiscent of the late '80s in all their retro glory, with a relatable modern twist.

Part of the ‘music lounge’, the console is designed by the Ananyevs, flanked by Brabbu chairs. The artwork is by Ernst Neizvestny | New York Residence | Ananiev Interiors | STIRworld
Part of the ‘music lounge’, the console is designed by the Ananyevs, flanked by Brabbu chairs. The artwork is by Ernst Neizvestny Image Credit: Courtesy of Covet House / N&G Ananiev Interiors

As far as the layout of the house goes, the first floor hosts all the living areas, including a music lounge, an ’art room‘ and a formal ’hall‘ and a living room. The entire space comes together as a suite of rooms closed off in a circle. On the second floor, the private areas come alive. There is also a room for each child and a separate outhouse for the guests. None of the walls were broken or removed, the doors were restored to their earlier glory because the designers found them “really beautiful” and they fell into place beautifully with the overall design concept of the house.

A roomful of design— Vladimir Kagan sofa, Brabbu chairs, Veronese chandeliers, Lorin Marsh floor lamps…there’s so much to soak in! | New York Residence | Ananiev Interiors | STIRworld
A roomful of design— Vladimir Kagan sofa, Brabbu chairs, Veronese chandeliers, Lorin Marsh floor lamps…there’s so much to soak in! Image Credit: Courtesy of Covet House / N&G Ananiev Interiors

The ’music lounge‘ comes together as a visual smorgasbord of bold hues and a playful composition of vintage and  Mid-Century handmade furniture. One of the focal points of the design here is the mustard-yellow lounge chairs from Brabbu, which set the style and tone for the entire area. What looks like a conversation starter, is also an interesting piece of furniture around which the design seems to revolve for the time being.

In the hall, amidst a stunning array of artworks and designer furniture, we are delightfully surprised to find a lit up letter R. These luminous letters are placed strategically throughout the house — they are the initial letters of the names of the owners.

Lit up alphabetical letters in the initials of the owners are placed strategically throughout the house | New York Residence | Ananiev Interiors | STIRworld
Lit up alphabetical letters in the initials of the owners are placed strategically throughout the house Image Credit: Credit: Courtesy of Covet House / N&G Ananiev Interiors

What the owners refer to as the ’art room‘ is the actual greeting area of the home, where you first step in. If there ever was a room comfortable in its dramatic skin, this would be it. The room is a true inspiration, as it seems to understand and connect the extraordinary colour spectrum and fantastic textures to provide a complete sensory experience for everyone who enters. And from what we have heard, friends and neighbours enter the house like they are walking into a museum. We don’t disagree!

The view from the ‘hall’ of the ‘art room’ and the staircase going to the upper level | New York Residence | Ananiev Interiors | STIRworld
The view from the ‘hall’ of the ‘art room’ and the staircase going to the upper level Image Credit: Credit: Courtesy of Covet House / N&G Ananiev Interiors
The view from the ‘hall’ of the ‘art room’ and the staircase going to the upper level | New York Residence | Ananiev Interiors | STIRworld
The view from the ‘hall’ of the ‘art room’ and the staircase going to the upper level Image Credit: Credit: Courtesy of Covet House / N&G Ananiev Interiors

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Ronitaa Italia

Ronitaa Italia

A prolific writer and journalist with 20 years of experience, Ronitaa has helmed premier magazines - ELLE DECOR India, GoodHomes, Home & Design TRENDS. She is known for her engaging content, piquant ideas, and reportage of design trends.

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