For the latest chapter in the history of New Holland, the former foundry has been reinvented as the restaurant and club Kuznya House, the beating heart of the island’s social and cultural activity. In an era of network connectivity and the ability to work from anywhere, places like Kuznya House can easily serve as a second home for their regulars. In today’s world, restaurants and clubs have long since shifted their focus from what used to be their core functions: to feed and entertain. Kuznya House is the sort of place where you can spend practically the whole day: having meetings, hanging out, working, listening to music, taking in lectures or film screenings, and, of course, eating well, with something nice to wash it all down with.
The accent on the idea of a home base is reflected throughout the interiors of Kuznya House. Preserving the historical layout, the space is arranged in three parts: a ballroom, with a bar, stage, and table seating that can be removed during concerts or other events; the Chef’s Table and tea parlor, with its large, luxurious sofas surrounded by bookshelves. In summer there is a terrace, with a sweeping view of the island’s lawn.
The design elements and materials which give Kuznya House its unique look were selected with the help of archive photographs of apartment interiors of pre-revolutionary Saint Petersburg: elegant wooden panels; massive, lacquered cabinets and cupboards; decorative stoves, used to conceal the air ducts; comfortable sofas with Pavlovo Posad shawl motifs; rich velvet curtains, armchairs, and ottomans; and vintage lighting fixtures made from brass and porcelain from the Imperial Porcelain factory. These elements are complemented by 1970s furniture, including tables and chairs with leather cushions. In the ballroom and the Chef’s Table you can find works by a young, but well-known artist from Saint Petersburg, Denis Ichitovkin, a realist painter.
Particular attention was paid to sound and lighting solutions. Along the historical vaulted ceilings there is a mosaic of white tiles and 147 analogue bulbs, which can be programmed together with the rest of the lighting for evening events. The speakers and subwoofer are purpose-designed.