The Russian Empress Catherine the Great commissioned The Chinese Village in the 18th century as a chinoiserie fantasy. Ten guest pavilions encircling the pagoda complete the village, which is meticulously maintained to its original appearance.
As no historical documentation exists for the interiors, when Kirill Istomin was asked to decorate one of the cottages, the clients (who have worked with him on several projects) gave the designer carte blanche. The result is as magical as this special place deserves to be. The ultimate weekend cottage for any chinoiserie lover.
Images: Kirill Istomin. Photography: Fritz von der Schulenburg.