PHOTOS: Katya Neverova
ROOM "ROOM" dedicated to the place in which a person spends most of his time. It can be absolutely any space: a huge kitchen in which the hero works and rests, an art gallery, which has become the second home to its owner, or just a living room in a one-room apartment, which is at the same time an office, a bedroom and a secret place. A space in which a person is able to focus on himself and his business and not feel like a participant in the eternal race of a big city. In our new issue - the architect Nata Tatunashvili and the founder of the Nowadays bureau in her office.
Prior to this bureau, we worked mainly in my apartment - nearby, in Afanasyevsky Lane. We had a very homely atmosphere, and therefore everyone was terribly afraid to move to the office. We were worried that this would break our usual rhythm and we would be uncomfortable.
We were looking for the premises for a very long time - it was important for us to stay in the same area. When they found it, I took it as a compromise: although this is not a dream office, it is more than an apartment. We thought that we would somehow survive, and agreed to it intuitively. That this space turned out to be so cool was revealed during the renovation process. We work really hard - both on weekends and at night. Sometimes we don't leave here at all. Therefore, it is especially important for us to maintain a sense of home.
Nata is holding an item from the Arch-Moscow exhibition in 2015. Some of Nowadays projects were presented as a film strip.
The book on the table is a children's ABC book that looks like a polygraphic art object. The office also has an extensive library, which is formed spontaneously
You need to understand that this space originally had eight offices: it was divided into many very small rooms. All the walls were covered with plastic clapboard, and the ceilings were a meter lower than they are now. It all looked frankly bad, but when we began to demolish the partitions and rip off the walls, we saw what was hidden. Bricks, concrete walls, strange passages, cracks and an unrealistically high ceiling. We ourselves did not expect.
Our chairwoman of the HOA, renting out the premises, is very worried about everything. When we did the renovation - a little longer than planned - she was also nervous, not understanding why we were paying rent and not moving in. At some point, she decided to see how the construction was going. She called me and said worriedly: "Natasha, you probably have not seen - they are deceiving you, they are not doing any repairs here!" In our understanding, it was such a renovation: remove all unnecessary and pointwise add a couple of white walls.
Nowadays employees bring postcards and books from different countries. Small unusual objects are often the starting point for some kind of studio idea. Now Nata is also thinking about how to use the metal stamps of the old printing house.
It was very important for us to feel that we can spend a lot of time here and not feel discomfort. This also influenced the choice of furniture. When the five of us moved here, we had a bed, which is three times larger than the current one: many are accustomed to working with a laptop on their knees, and it was a full-fledged workplace. Unfortunately, due to the fact that there were more of us and we ceased to fit, we had to almost completely remove this place. We cannot completely abandon such a peculiar form of work and, it should be honest, we periodically rest on it.
Our large antique table allows us to be more united: we put it in the center so that we can all sit together. We got it from the same place as the old wooden chairs: from the teahouse of our friends who moved. Soft multi-colored chairs were brought by our friend from St. Petersburg.He has his own company, Electric Chair, which sells vintage furniture from famous Scandinavian designers. Often items come in small sets: we started with one and can't stop. They are all different and we love that. Now finding an unusual chair not for space money is a rarity.
Almost all the lamps were made by our friend, artist Masha Fedorova. She loves to work with metal and makes many beautiful things out of it. With her, we, for example, developed interior items for the Iskra cafe. Their accessories made of rough metal - lamps, hooks, accessories, cans - are her handiwork. This is an important point in settling the place. Handcrafted items in a café or bar make the space warmer.
Nata is very keen on old filmstrips with fairy tales. Most of them are from Paris flea markets
The studio is known for its painstaking work with non-standard materials. Before using, for example, various types of stone and wood, their samples are selected and compared in the studio itself
About little things
The basic set of all the little things always follows me on my heels - before they were at home, then in the workshop; now everything has moved here. I tend to get overgrown with "garbage". We periodically make an audit, remove some layer of things, but it is recruited again and turns into a small mess. We must gradually clear it. On the other hand, due to these little things, we again manage to maintain comfort.
We work a lot with texture, color and are very meticulous about the decorative part. We select many samples of materials and compare them right in the office. In the near future, we plan to create an exhibition space in the basement, because here they began to put pressure on us a little - gradually all samples will move there.
The library is also very important to us. At first it was my home, and then it became an office one, which we all replenish together. On the one hand, we collect books on related topics, on the other, simply beautifully made books-objects, printing products. We collect both. We bring them from everywhere and order them on Amazon.
Lounge where employees work and rest