December 4, 2020

Angelina Askeri Designs An Eclectic Art-Filled Moscow Apartment

The art and furnishings in the living room, much like the rest of the apartment, is a mixture between vintage, custom, and contemporary pieces. Photography by Sergey Krasyuk.

For Polina Askeri, a gallery owner and social media influencer in Moscow, there is no one better than her own sister to design an apartment that matches her taste. “She really likes quirky objects and unusual pieces,” shares Angelina Askeri, founder and principal of her namesake interior design firm. Drawing inspiration from the many shades of blue in the sea and Jean-Michel Frank’s apartment for Nelson Rockefeller, Angelina combined Polina Askeri’s love for both the simplicity of nature and the extravagance of art for a one-of-a-kind home.

Above the limited edition Elisabeth Delacarte table, the piece by Kwang Young Chun was originally displayed in Polina Askeri’s gallery. Photography by Sergey Krasyuk.

Sourcing objects for the apartment, Angelina Askeri reached vendors and manufacturers from across the world, all from the comfort of her own office. Between Polina Askeri’s contacts in the art world, the vast assortment of pieces on auction sites like 1stdibs and social media, where emerging designers tend to share work, the eclectic furnishings and décor reflect both women’s creative drive. The colorful chairs in the kitchen, for example, Angelina Askeri sourced from a young Turkish designer during a casual scroll through Instagram.

A modern chandelier by Roll and Hill hangs above the Merve Kahraman chairs and wooden table made by Italian craftsmen. Photography by Sergey Krasyuk.

With a background in fine arts, Angelina Askeri sketched the designs for pieces she could not otherwise find to match her sister’s specific vision. The living room’s focal point, a non-functioning fireplace with a TV that emerges from the top, reflects the dynamism of the ocean’s waves with a paisley-like design set in plaster, Angelina Askeri first drew up. Overall, art is central to this project; from displaying the sketches of Marc Chagall and Yayoi Kusama, sculptures by Jeff Koons and KAWS, and bringing her own drawings to life, Angelina Askeri created a space that reflects her sister’s artful life. 

Angelina Askeri notes the biggest design challenge her team faced was the construction of the curved walls of the hallway that had to be deep enough to house Polina Askeri’s vast shoe collection. Photography by Sergey Krasyuk.

The colorful carpet in the main bedroom is part of Angelina Askeri’s limited Carpets Collection.  Photography by Sergey Krasyuk
Angelina Askeri sketched the design for this vintage-inspired mirror and enlisted the help of local gold-leaf artist Papa Carlo for fabrication. The pair of vintage Chinese cranes were sourced from Cloisonné Candle Prickets. Photography by Sergey Krasyuk.
The mirror, armchairs, and ottoman were manufactured in the early 1960s in Brussels and France respectively, and the whimsical blue elephant is by Russian sculptor Dashi Namdakov. Photography by Sergey Krasyuk.
The bathroom features marble and an expansive mirror.  Photography by Sergey Krasyuk.

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