The event was sheer opulence but was fitting of such an important project. Perhaps the escort of men dressed as British Soldiers and Policemen was a bit much…but that’s Russia!
The Barkli Virgin House is a one of a kind project and something very new for the Russian market. Similar to 1 Hyde Park here in London, The Barkli Virgin House has a premier location, stunning views and luxurious interior design to match.
I’m personally thrilled with what we’ve done in the lobby as there is nothing like it in any other Russian property development. It gives a welcoming sense of space through muted lighting to emphasise natural luxury. A marble stone runner creates a distinctive perspective cutting through a black lacquered timber floor. The timber slatted arches along the main axis in the hallway echo the stone arch in the front of the building and cast shadows on the dark grey marble walls. My furniture is used throughout the space and it is complimented by large pendant chandeliers and accessories specifically selected for the space.
The Penthouse suites offers 360 degree panorama of Moscow including views of the Kremlin, Zachatevsky Monastery, and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The amazing historical buildings and churches are a perfect contrast to the modern luxury of the building’s interiors.
For the event we painted the one of the Penthouse apartments white so that everyone could really take in the vistas. The leading lights in Russian Society were at the event and it was truly an incredible evening!
The building has 19 apartments in four signature styles (Urban, Vintage, Sea Breeze and Green) each of which use contrasting materials and luxurious fabrics and furnishings. Half the apartments are already sold but after last night’s event I’m sure the rest will be sold in no time.
The press event earlier in the day was a bit surreal as the compare was a Russian TV personality and I was getting real-time translation in one ear while trying to follow what was being said at the same time. I also held a book signing which was fantastic. I always love hearing how my books have helped people.
With such a whirlwind trip I’m a bit jet lagged today but I was thrilled to be a part of the launch of the Barkli Virgin House. With the opening of our Moscow office for Kelly Hoppen Interiors I’m looking forward to more trips to this incredible city.