01 June 2016

Minsk’s Most Creative Offices: “Chetvertyi kvartal” Architectural and Design Studio

Office is the face of the company, a reflection of its image and essence. Working environment affects the productivity of employees, the opinion shaped about the company and its leader. Realt.by starts a cycle of materials on the most creative offices of Minsk.

We visited “Chetvertyi kvartal” Architectural and Design Studio, where one of the founders of the company, architect Alexander Trusov, told us how to create offices and how common things become unconventional.

− Once, in Italy, four very creative persons gathered on a balcony of a seaside hotel. They liked each other so much that they decided to work together. Our office is the result of efforts of four persons who have established the studio “Chetvertyi kvartal”: Dmitriy Sidelnikov, Andrey Tumas, Lyudmila Tatarinova and Alexander Trusov.

We have been working in this creative studio for about eight years already.

Creators of interior design are Andrey Tumas and Dmitry Sidelnikov. We realized that four artists cannot work on the creation of a single office. This was done by those who were more successful in it, - said Alexander.

Imagine you are in the founders’ studio with ceiling height of almost five meters, plenty of light and simplicity. The space is delineated with straight lines, monochrome black and white tones, and correct light distribution. And most important thing, which cannot be bought for money, is a specific creative energy, hovering in the air and forcing one to think differently.

Three tables of the founders stand along the wall, facing in one direction, and the fourth is located sideways. Note that the founders’ tables are a design solution of Andrey Tumas. They have been made specifically for the office of “Chetvertyi kvartal”.

In the center of the studio is a large Baxter sofa, a coffee table and a plasma TV. In such office, any idea will be original, unusual, since every single detail inspires to create something extraordinary new.

− The designers tried not to avoid naturalness, so the bearing beams were left. This is not a sham, but a real necessary structural element that holds the roof. Firefighters told us to apply a special coating which foams and protects the structure from melting in case of emergency situation. The result is a very interesting and unexpected texture. It took us long to decide whether to make the second floor or not. As a result, the room was left spacious, - explains Alexander.

The attention is drawn by a small coffee table, the support of which is made of pressed vehicle plates that are not used now and have been thrown away.

− When I saw this “cube” of plates, I thought it funny. I did not even know how I would use it. Then I decided to attach a glass plate thereon and add legs to make a table. First of all, we polished this “cube” to silver, since initially it was red. So many destinies have been compressed into one small “cube”. Most importantly, these are real plates. We have another similar table with pressed boards instead of plates. Moreover, there is a third such table, where the support consists of pressed fridge tubes. It was created for a private interior, - says Alexander.

Director, manager, and other designers work in another part of the office. It is an attic room, made in black-and-white color scheme. There is a kitchen with a peculiar crane, and unusual dining table. Attention is arrested by pink fridge and chairs. It is a sort of visual discharge. When asked why rose, Alexander replied, “Well, it was our way to “take the heat off!”.

Details

The uniqueness consists of details which make a special creative atmosphere. What is important is not shocking or psychedelic patterns, but an ideological concept. In the office of “Chetvertyi kvartal”, such concept is observed as clearly as possible. The Studio’s interior shows that one can create original stuff from the simplest things.

There is an unusual “flower pot” in the founders’ office. This is the work of designer Andrey Kapustnikov, who managed to see something unusual in a completely unnecessary thing. A simple rusty car wheel became a vase, a metal tube - a tree, and the leaves were created from all sorts of different mechanisms.

In the smoking room there is another work of Andrey Kapustnikov – an old bag from a German gas mask, which functions as an ashtray. In the main room there is a rusty lamp with a document holder.

In the common room, the beam has two musical instruments attached. Nearby hang old computer mice. Underneath there is a music stand with an evacuation plan thereon.

On the floor there are three XVIII century bricks taken during the reconstruction of various historical buildings.

There is a small spiral stair that leads to the bathroom, winding around a handmade designer sculpture, a silhouette of a girl.

What an office should look like?

− Firstly, offices should be individual, reflecting the essence of a company. This is an important component of the image. If management takes care of it, then they come to us to make their office original. It is logical that when a person has just begun to do business, there are many other important things apart from a creative office. Then, when a firm is stably operating, the leader decides that the next work space should be solid and unusual. This is what we can help with, we are creating that very image.

Secondly, an office should be professional and comfortable, i.e. to be for working. Everything has to get up for productive activity, and not distract. For example, we have everything done in black and white. It creates certain chastity, does not irritate and distract.

As for creativity, it is a matter of taste, so I would not call it an important point. Some people like “chilli” interior, while others prefer just a white room with some usual furniture. It seems to me, unusual surroundings affect people, make them strive for something individual. I can say that people who create unusual offices in their companies respect themselves as creators. They have already realized themselves in business and can afford creative working atmosphere. This means that they do not perceive their company just as a money making machine, for them their work means something more.

Author: Karina Popkova, Photos: Felix Sivakov

Original article: http://realt.by/news/article/13953