How to live Nikas Safronov
• How to live Nikas Safronov
They say that the artist must be hungry. Maybe so, but a roof over your head should be. Here, for example, the honored worker of canvas and brush Nikas Safronov all Roofs - 15-room mansion in a house on Bryusov Lane in Moscow, a stone's throw from the Kremlin.
On the registration of three-storey apartments with a total of about a thousand square meters, it took more than a decade. Nikas his creation is very proud and happy to pose in front of a riot of luxury. We use its hospitality and go on a virtual tour.
"My apartment - in a place that I like on the street, what I wanted, and in that city I love, - Safronov told in an interview to" Komsomolskaya Pravda ". - This is not ashamed to call any world stars such as Madonna and Sean Connery: they will be nice and comfortable, and they will understand that in Russia Nikas really like, once he has such apartments, even though I bought it all on their own personal money".
"The repair I invested about five million dollars, and this is in addition to the furniture and a half million. I think that now the market value of apartments will be about 70 million (the interview was published in 2012, how much is flat now - scary to imagine - Ed...), Although, of course, its not going to sell. Now my living space is included in the ranking of the best apartments of the world and is an exclusive. "
The apartment (of course, if that word is appropriate in this context) Nikas combines two styles: Gothic palace and high-tech. First floor - a journey to the Middle Ages. Unique furniture, decor items, old antiques artist lifelong collected in Western Europe.
One of the biggest rooms occupies a library. Hundreds of books are collected here in Old Church Slavonic and European languages. Each instance has its own history, as, indeed, themselves bookcases, purchased at auction, and imported from England, France and Italy.
The design of the second floor is almost repeats the first: the same solid wood furniture, plenty of antiques, the ceilings painted by the artist himself, as well as reproductions of paintings by artists of the XV century. Their Safronov wrote directly in museums. Particular attention is chained stained-glass windows made in the old technique, and copies of murals of Raphael.
The third level is designed in the style of hi-tech. The walls are decorated with stone, and the space is divided into panels of onyx. Thus the artist has decided to pay tribute to the tradition of constructivism, in which the house was built.
"I'm worth singing Japanese toilet cost 20 thousand dollars, antique furniture of the XV century. On one of the beds slept very Marie Antoinette. However, it had to replace the mattresses: their time did not spare. "
Rest on our laurels is not going to the artist. "I still have the ruins of the castle in Scotland, as well as refurbish them, the next dream - to buy an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean, so there was no one except close friends."