The examples of contemporary Russian architecture shown below both single houses and apartments are crafted with meticulous flair skilfully framing both landscape and space. Their pristine arrangement and sense of innocence conjures up the notion of a line in the sand where old Russia is left behind and new Russia is forging ahead.
Described as “a gutsy jovial tour de force” (Monocle September 2014 Issue 76) Knud Erik Hansen’s accumulated business acumen has helped turn around the fortunes of Carl Hansen & Søn ensuring the prestigious family-run Danish institution remains independent profitable and true to its Danish roots.
A more open floor plan replaced the traditional interior that was burdened with unnecessary partitions to create a cheerful and pleasant ambiance indoors. A revamp in the style of the new guest bathroom family bathroom master bedroom and children’s bedrooms completes the makeover that still retains much of the original flavor of the classic British structure despite the fresh ergonomic skin.
The historical abode is fittingly replete with many of the furnishings produced by Carl Hansen & Søn and has the appearance of a quintessential lived-in Carl Hansen showplace. Indeed the large attic was renovated in 2014 and now acts as a showroom and additional living space. The attic’s angled roof helps confer a sense of intimacy and the wide oak planks from Danish company Dinesen add warmth depth and character.
In addition there are works by Kaare Klint Mogens Koch Mogens Lassen Fritz Henningsen and Ole Wancher among others. Adding to the home’s charm and appeal Knud Erik has also mixed in antiques alongside treasured mementoes that he collected during several years spent in South Africa and Asia.
The larger part of Carl Hansen & Søn’s portfolio comprises many of Hans J. Wegner’s furniture designs (the collaboration between Wegner and Hansen began in the late 1940s) alongside works by other designers both old and new.
The clean white stucco facade and red-tiled saddle roof of this impressive house affords the structure with an enchanting fairytale-like expression. Enjoying an idyllic countryside setting the house appears wondrous charming and welcoming. It can be found on Funen island (Denmark’s third largest island) and is the property of Knud Erik Hansen the third-generation owner and CEO of Carl Hansen & Søn.