November 13, 2018

Kristina Uspenieva Emphasizes Luxury at a Penthouse Apartment in Krasnodar, Russia

When a family of four took residence in a penthouse apartment on the 25th floor of a new building in Krasnodar, a city on the Kuban River in southwest Russia, interior designer Kristina Uspenieva’s challenges were twofold.

Uspenieva planted panicle hydrangea, Betty magnolia, and Japanese red pine on the terrace. Photography by Sergey Krasyuk.

“Such a residence is a privilege, and I knew I must emphasize the status of the owner,” she says. “And the functional division of space is very important. It should be convenient for everyone.”

A DCW Éditions pendant hangs over a dining table by Potocco and chairs by Friulsedie. Photography by Sergey Krasyuk.

Uspenieva tackled the former by incorporating luxurious marble throughout the 2,475 square feet. In the lobby, she used Arabescato Orobico. “You fall in love with this kind at once,” she says, “it bewitches you.” As did the Soda Homedecor handles on the hallway’s Rimadesio doors, which she finds “incredibly, simply fascinating.”

The ample shelving is custom, and the chair is by Philippe Starck for Kartell. Photography by Sergey Krasyuk.

For the latter, she created divisions with light, including on the 1,100-square-foot terrace, accessible via the living room. “I’m sure it will be a favorite place for parties,” she says, for those privileged enough to score an invite.

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