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Moscow apartment by Nicolas Dahan


Exclusively made-to-measure, the French architect Nicolas Dahan signs an impressive display of design integrated within a 450m2 two-story apartment. A secret is shared with every footstep taken; curves and edges slide towards each other, disappearing into worlds of varnish, marble, wood, coloured mirrors and pastel. An inestimable residence where the ceiling is a luminous work of art itself: an incandescent surface evading all signs of light source, enhancing its own beauty with a filter of natural light.


«  The 150m2 ceiling, unifying and distributing the spaces of the living room, the entrance and the kitchen, is a performance in its own right. I drew a very soft undulation, similar to that of a beach rippled by waves, disrupting the apartment’s minimalism so as to determine the living spaces. It appears as a single unbroken surface, whereas it required over 100 slabs of 1,2m x 1,2m staff (a building stone made from plaster) assembled within the apartment and then sanded down during three months in order to achieve this perfectly smooth surface » describes Nicolas Dahan. Ripples within which a series of made to measure amber LED tubes embed themselves, fitted with aluminium filters to render a softer light.


The ceiling is emblematic of the attention to detail brought to the entirety of this carefully sculpted apartment, as is the immense varnished wooden sliding door (3m x 3m), which closes off the kitchen and can be drawn open by the single hand of a child. Italian savoir-faire is applied to all of the materials: marble, mirrors, wooden flooring from Padou shipped to and fitted in Moscow « for the perfection of details, an utter invisibility of systems and the highlighting of materials » explains the architect.


The maple flooring assembles the smallest available boards in order to create a unified and smooth wooden mass, a floor more than a parquet, it becomes a surface upon which light glides. Large mineral volumes give shape to the main functionalities of the apartment: Cipolino stone in the entrance hall forms the huge reception bench, black marble from Carrare establishes the 10m long kitchen counter, grey marble from Carrare walls the hammam and the three main bathrooms which perfectly interlock, as if they were sculpted from one single massive stone. Each element, each function, has been conceived and drawn by the French architect so as to create the purest of settings.


The red and blue mirrors of the bedrooms and dressing room diffuse the mineral essence of the residence, but are immediately softened by the rhythm of Kvadrat woven textiles hung in front of each window and used as a separator creating a home cinema in the living room. As for the dining room, it has been set up under an especially redesigned rotunda, a 7m high shell, varnished in pastel blue. It is a reception room reflecting the grandeur of the apartment, which holds 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a hammam, a gym, a living room, a kitchen, and a flat for domestic staff, the whole spread out upon over 450m2.


Nicolas Dahan Architects graduated from the Ecole d’Architecture Paris La Villette. Since 2010, he has been redefining the codes of the contemporary private home. Architecture and made-to-measure interior design at the service of geographical context. He works throughout the whole world with a closed network of high profile contractors and expert artisans, who bring the same level of perfection and attention to detail to each of his projects, from the construction all the way to the interior appliances. He is currently building a seaside residence nestled within a pine forest, in the south west of France.


Electrical appliances Gaggenau

Switches Arte de Arnoult

Bathroom fittings Vola

Bathroom fittings Hangsrohe Axor Citterio

Armchair Glas Italia de ToKujin Yoshokia

Sofa Edra Essential de Francesco Binfaré

Coffee table Cassina 520 Acordo de Charlotte Perriand

Table De Salto de Tokujin Yoshioka

Chairs Cassina Tula de Kazuhide Takahama