Bogdan moved from St. Petersburg to Moscow quite recently - last fall, after he entered the British Higher School of Design. Nevertheless, it is difficult to call a young fashion designer a beginner: in his hometown, he launched and left many projects related not only to fashion.
In Moscow, Bogdan needed a spacious and atmospheric studio in the center for a comfortable life and creativity. At the same time, he had long wanted to find application for the experience gained in traveling around the world. From here came the idea of making a guest house for friends and like-minded people.
First of all, Bogdan found a spacious apartment on Sadovnicheskaya Street, which was in terrible condition, and came up with an interesting format of living and at the same time a small business. Together with the construction team and with the help of friends, in just a few months, Bogdan put in order a room where there were no walls, stucco fell from the ceiling, and holes gaped in the floor. As a result, the layout has completely changed, and the space was ready for the first season in the format of a guest house.
fashion designer, creator of At Atelier
The space was created primarily for themselves, there was no goal to turn it all into a classic hostel. From the very beginning, it was assumed that people with similar ideas about comfort and tastes would stay here, so they will probably be in the apartment as pleasant and comfortable as the owner. Bogdan's plans include further cooperation with theaters, exhibition spaces and other art associations, a pleasant and fruitful neighborhood.
Bogdan's idea was to create a space for actors, musicians, designers and other creative people who come to Moscow on tour or just like that. Although hostels and loft hotels have been opening one after another in the capital in recent years, this market can hardly be considered saturated: price and quality are still correlated in a strange way, besides, the format of a classic hostel with backpackers and random people with Booking.com is suitable not everyone. Bogdan decided not to place ads on standard hotel aggregators, preferring more targeted resources like Airnbnb.com and Thelocals.ru, thanks to which several musicians from Paris and Berlin had already stopped at At Atelier in just a couple of months.
At the same time, the guest house can accommodate 10 people or one large company - in the "creative hostel" there are two double rooms and one six-bed room. The interior is simple and laconic - the masonry itself cleansed by the owner in combination with white walls and wooden furniture, partially custom-made and coated with yacht varnish. Bogdan brought a few, but significant decor items from London and Copenhagen, for example, various types of incandescent lamps. The owner bought some objects, such as an old music stand, in the St. Petersburg Artifact salon, which carries furniture from India and sells at reasonable prices.