Russian Country Estate by Peter Yushin

  • A seamless threading together of styles, this estate in the Russian countryside represents both the past and present in an utterly elegant and thoroughly European way.

    Much like the Russian revolution, the ideas of design surrounding this estate have been challenged and a reformist approach has been taken to craft a modern-day interior. Architect Peter Yushin has honoured neoclassicism, albeit in a more contemporary light. Both proportion and restraint have been key players in shaping this generous family home.

    DESIGN Peter Yushin | PHOTOGRAPHY Giorgio Possenti

    A composition of three distinct styles informs this noble beauty. A classical description builds the foundation with traditional details including panelled walls, ornate fireplaces, sweeping arched windows and herringbone French oak floors – all of which lend the home a grandiose spirit. Mid-century touches add drama through a curated selection of furniture including the eternally covetable Pierre Jeanneret chairs.

    In a final layer, a contemporary approach accommodates the family’s enviable collection of modern art, designer lighting and state-of-the art appliances featured throughout the home. When a mixture of these styles could read like a recipe for some serious interior confusion, Agalarov Estate pulls it off beautifully. Yushim has made every effort to marry the distinct styles in a harmonious, yet restrained way that reads more like European minimalism.

    The first floor is reserved for private spaces while the communal living zone occupies the whole ground floor including a spacious kitchen. At the heart of the home the open kitchen channels a rustic Belgium style. Warmer ‘greige’ toned cabinetry, burnished metals and raw timber beams evoke a cosy, country feel. The bedrooms and living zones are sophisticated without being sterile, and lived-in without feeling cluttered. The minimal décor invites your eyes to linger longer on the artwork, sculptures, lighting and of course the picturesque views outside.

    A tonal palette of timbers, grey, black, white and plenty of natural light establish a sense of flow and breathing space that embodies the spirit of a European chateau in a design that embraces the estates unique context and landscape. Lavish, worldly and completely fit for a modern-day Tsar.

    This piece originally appeared in est magazine issue 29. Read the entire magazine online here.

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