In 2010 /2011 while living in beautiful Sankt Petersburg in Russia, I had the opportunity to do a total renovation of an apartment in the historic center of the city. The 120m2 apartment was based in a house from the beginning of the 20th century and it was only the facade which was listed, so once inside we could more or less do what we wanted. The owner, a young russian entrepreneur, based in Switzerland was interested in an apartment for himself, when home in Sankt Petersburg.

New windows, fitting to the the listed facade were installed.

Various partition walls were taken down in order to make room for an open plan kitchen, living and dining area and fewer but more spacious rooms. The ceiling were all over brought back to its original height and downlight from Deltalight were installed .

Throughout the whole apartment a subtle solid light oiled/whitewashed Douglas flooring from Dinesen  was mounted. To complement the pallet of natural materials lavastone tiles were used  in the bathroom and toilet as well as for the kitchen top surfaces.

Kitchen, bathroom furniture  as well as the fitted furniture in the walking closet were done in black stained ash wood and in all drawers as a contrast were added red laminat by Lars de Place Møbelsnedkeri. The exhaust in the kitchen was incorporated in one shelf made by Garde Hvalsøe. The backslash on the kitchen backwall were special glazed lavastone by Made a Mano. All fittings were brushed stainless steel by Vola. All the sliding doors in the apartment were done in light oiled oak veneer by Wonderwood.


Maria Zachariae, founder of MZ ArcInterior specializes in interior architecture with a characteristic design, minimal though still very sensual and powerful, often inspired by her scandinavian background and her international lifestyle


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