In Moscow, the home of Timati, a well-known Russian rapper and record producer, is a stage for a dialogue between a selected anthology of design Made in Italy and a lively collection of contemporary art

The relationship across the centuries of Italy and Russia has always been intense and varied. And the most outstanding contributions to the panorama in Moscow and Saint Petersburg by Italian architects and artists are not so far away from the present. RPBW, for example, working for V-A-C Foundation, has created the project for GES-2 House of Culture, the recent conversion for mixed uses of an abandoned power plant built in Moscow in 1907, with the idea of producing a cultural catalyst with an attitude of open dialogue. Major Italian furniture companies, on the other hand, constitute the presences in the private showcase of Timati, the stage name of Timur Il’darovic Junusov, Russian rapper and record producer, born in 1983, with an Instagram profile boasting over 17 million followers – a true king of social communication. Over the years, Timati has developed a true passion for premium furnishings designed and produced in Italy.

Over the years, Timati has developed a true passion for premium furnishings designed and produced in Italy. The kind of products our most famous influencers – from Chiara Ferragni-Fedez, residing in Milan in the brand new CityLife development, to Paolo Stella, who lives in a 19th-century ‘showcase’ reinterpreted with the help of the architects Ludovica Serafini and Roberto Palomba – can find close to home.

Timati also owns one of the largest and most variegated collections of contemporary art in Moscow, ranging from the pop toys of the Kaws Collection by Brian Donnelly or the Bearbrick series, to pieces by Alec Monopoly, Takashi Murakami, Retna, Harif Guzman. A daunting mixture if you have to display it inside a house, which might be very large but is still smaller than a museum. This residence is on two levels of a modern residential complex in the center of Moscow, between a park and a lake, “an ideal place to get away from the noise of the city center,” says Artur Sharf, at the helm of the Russian studio Yodezeen, in charge of the interior design.

“The construction took three years of gradual evolution to meet the desires of the owner: an ultramodern, function and well-devised house, avoiding any standard solutions, a reflection of his personality and a source of inspiration,” the designer explains. “In one of our periodic meetings, for example, Timur spoke to me about the Belgian brand Maarten De Ceulaer and the Mutation Club Chairs with bubbly forms. He had seen them in Italy at an exhibition of design furnishings, where they were shown in a vivid electric blue color. He was fascinated. These chairs, which he then purchased, set the pace for the habitat concept, implemented with bright zones of color, a palette capable of accommodating harmonies or counterpoints in a fluid, evocative dimension.”

The language of sensory stimulation, a catalyst of sensations that are also connected with sociology and lifestyle, has been deployed by the architect with ironic, at times surprising accents, with narrative fragments in a neo-Pop tone inside the two apartments organized on two levels, for an overall area of 575 square meters. The first one (195 sqm) contains a large living area, two children’s bedrooms, a guestroom, a kitchen-dining area, a walk-in closet and technical spaces. The second, in the remaining 380 sqm, is entirely set aside for the master suite with a bathroom and an infinity pool, four walk-in wardrobes and a guestroom. In the layout, the space set aside for the studio is the center of gravity, a visual fulcrum and ideal connection between the two flats, organized on a strict orthogonal plan.

“It was necessary to identify dynamic figures that would adapt to the composition of the single zones, making the spaces expand or contract, in continuity or with broken lines and volumes, opening and closing parts, axial and symmetric arrangements, to optimize fluid circulation,” the designer remarks.

The enclosure incorporates and conceals all the technical and physical plant systems of the latest generation, and has been enhanced by the rigor of a neutral palette of materials – stainless steel, concrete, wood, marble – with refined tones of powder blue and gray for the facings. The decorative and technical lighting has been customized for every zone, putting the accent on the true protagonists of the setting, the presence of art and design, to underscore their lively dialogue.

Project by Yodezeen Studio - Photos courtesy of Yodezeen Studio