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May 22, 2016
Crosby Studios just cares about the essentials.
An office Crosby Studios designed for NGRS in Moscow

An office Crosby Studios designed for NGRS in Moscow.

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A beauty parlor by Crosby Studios

For a beauty parlor in Moscow, the studio kept the structure’s original 19th-century flooring intact, filling in areas with pink patches. 

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This nail salon by Crosby Studios features furniture designed by the studio

The beauty parlor also features free-standing shelves designed by the studio. 

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The bathroom of the beauty parlor by Crosby Studios

The bathroom of the beauty parlor by Crosby Studios. 

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The Wood Box Apartment by Crosby Studios

The Wood Box Apartment by Crosby Studios. 

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The Black and White Apartment by Crosby Studios

The Black and White Apartment by Crosby Studios.

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An office Crosby Studios designed for NGRS in Moscow

An office Crosby Studios designed for NGRS in Moscow.

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Crosby Studios
Location: Moscow, Russia
Education: Stavropol Regional Art College

Here comes the young designer, carrying his old chairs. For Harry Nuriev, who hails from the trading city of Stavropol in the North Caucasus and is now based in hyper-paced Moscow, staying grounded has been essential. It’s cost him some sweat and tears, but also helped forge his young studio. In just under two years, his practice, Crosby Studios—named for a flash of inspiration he had while walking along Manhattan’s Crosby Street—has completed commissions that include workspaces, cafes, and even penthouses.

“First it was the issue of how to switch out Italian chic for Scandinavian minimalism,” says Nuriev, recalling earlier work with Dmitry Vorontsov, his studio partner who now handles the business and production side of the venture. Though the studio initially had a hard time convincing locals of its minimalist aesthetic, the designer has held strong to his design vision and lets clients come to meet it. “I let the history stay in the space,” adds Nuriev, who often reveals a structure’s preexisting elements, then juxtaposes them with the new—as in a beauty parlor they renovated, for which they kept the structure’s original 19th-century flooring intact, filling in areas with pink patches. “The old material helps the new material to be meaningful.”

 
 

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