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Born in Soviet Union, live in Italy, graduated firstly in economy and finance, secondly in photography (CFP BAUER).

From 2011 I live in Milan, initially for studying photography and now for family and work. 
After the stage with Paola Di Bello (director of the Photography Department at Brera) and the assistant work with Monica Spezia for two years, I've begun my own way, now specialized in interior design (in collaboration with Photofoyer agency) & advertising campaigns, I love the conceptual photography and the art, I’ve also participated in short courses in directing of art-films, film-script & sculpture ( 
Sometimes I try to do my best in painting.

You can have a look at my publications in the magazines of interior design.

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* each project contains about 30 high quality photos and the text written by the Italian journalist

Interiors / project for sale / text by Ilaria Cuzzolin / styling Martina Cardella


The house created with the slogan: “A little imagination, a little taste and a pinch of style ... is a perfect recipe to live the house by moving us every day”.

Maximum is the functionality of the sleeping area thanks to the spaces created for the walk-in closet and the bathroom (in the bedroom), without disfiguring the rest of the surrounding space, aesthetics included.

And in the living area, history and tradition live, where the hosts have given new life and space to antiques, often “discarded” or abandoned in the cellars. And these objects greatly enrich the space giving it an added value.


The game between the traditional classic and the modern “minimal” (like the kitchen) is a little ticklish to the eye but undoubtedly does not lead to any kind of conflict.


Throughout the house, “color with its chromatic range” is the master, never confusing, which with a thin thread harmoniously unites all the rooms, just as the hosts wished.

Place: historic center of Palermo


"Casa Chic" magazine #186 febbraio 2022 / Italy

Interiors / project not for sale


Elisa Talentino is an Italian illustrator who lives in her two-floor apartment in the center of Turin. The history of the house and the history of Elisa have been going together for over twenty years, the different periods of Elisa’s life spent in this house have certainly left their marks.

In the last five years, the upper floor has changed its look, becoming a welcoming attic thanks to the help of the Turin architecture studio UnDuo.

All spaces and furnishings are designed by Elisa. Some discoveries (like the bricks and the original wall in the kitchen) are made by her. “The most interesting thing is to be able to create a space inexpensively...”

“Of course, with a large budget, I think it is much easier to find the right solutions. However, working economically and having the image of the house in mind, you have to get involved using all the available material, such as old furniture, objects taken to landfills, etc. etc. The most important thing is to be creative! “ says Elisa.

The space is not large but full of life: drawings and objects - bearers of lived and imaginary stories, fill the house as if it were a book to read.

The attic is designed by architects of the studio Unduo. 

Place: historic center of Turin

Year: 2021

Interiors / project for sale

Family portrait





Alberto and Sara, journalist and communication consultant, during the restoration work of their new house, they find out about upcoming of twins. After this unexpected news they begin to modify the project already created by the Turin studio “Unduo” to arrive at a solution valid for five family members.

The apartment of 92 sqm., is located in the historic center of Turin. The original space consisted of many narrow environments (the map is attached) and was last renovated in the years ‘90.

Alberto, Sara and their daughter Margherita

expressed the desire to have a bright, fluid and welcoming space. “Unduo” designed a large living room, an island kitchen, two bedrooms, a studio / guests, two bathrooms, one of which pertaining to the master bedroom and a laundry room.

After receiving the news of the arrival of two more children, the studio has become the third bedroom and storage spaces have been adapted to new needs.

The house is designed by architects of the studio Unduo. 

Place: historic center of Turin


"Casa Facile" magazine / gennaio 2021/ Italy

Interiors / project for sale 

The apartment is located in a part of old Milan, next to Piazza Missori in a historic building from the 18th century.

The implementation of the project was necessary not only from an aesthetic point of view, but primarily from a technical point of view: the apartment was in a completely abandoned state.

It was very important for the architect to preserve the conceptual thread of the space, so he decided to reserve most of the old elements and to bring them in the present, successfully harmonizing with the easy implementation of modern details.

Parquet floors, cement tiles, doors, windows and other elements that have not been deliberately restored are in a dynamic dialogue with original solutions such as plasterboard wall panels with integrated illumination.

The space tells a lot about the family, large family of six persons, of whom four are children. Therefore, the architect had to rationalize the space in order to create comfortable conditions for all family members, without losing in aesthetics.

Place: historic center of Milan



Interiors / project for sale 

The house for us and our friends

The apartment is situated in the center of Milan, in the house just constructed. The main architectual objectives were to created the space for the young family with two children, practical for use and nice for seeing.


The large living area within which the living area and the open kitchen are located, crossed for its entire length by the terrace overlooking the internal courtyard, it is conceptually separated from the sleeping area by a wisteria-colored box near the entrance. The sleeping area incorporates the colours and materials of the living room, emphasizing the expressive but calibrated character of the entire intervention.

Gray / light blue walls and ceilings, floors in Italian herringbone oak, in addition to the oak and black of the many joinery elements, they are the alphabet of the language chosen by the architect.

“We’ve tried to create the comfortable living space for us and good feeling space for our friends. For me - describes the house owner - the kitchen was fondamental, I wanted to have the open space but without dimostrating our daily chaos, especially to our guests, and so we’ve found the solution: the kitchen “hide and sick”.

The colours of the walls bring the sansation of the lightness and cheerfulness, that helps us to feel better after the hard working days.”

Place: center of Milan

Interiors / project for sale 

live the story

“Between twelve and fifteen thousand books”... with these words the Italian writer Giorgio Vasta begins to tell of his home in the center of Palermo, to which he recently moved and where he spent these months of lockdown surrounded by books and what he calls “his tenants”: collected objects and graffiti that could represent new stories that ask to be told.

The project, born about two years ago with the purchase of the house, was created by Martina Cardella. With enormous creative potential Martina and Giorgio have redesigned the space by furnishing it with recycled objects and objects taken from flea markets around the world.

“Why not use the thermos as a base for the lamp?” - suggests Giorgio. And “why not use the window stop to create a support for the wall chandelier?” - relaunches Martina. They are just two examples of the numerous ideas of this extraordinary couple.

Main condition of the renovation? Do not throw anything away, everything found in the house during the works is put aside to understand how to enhance it.

The walls of the early 1900s building are in tuff and the ceilings with wooden beams. To highlight these structural elements Martina and Giorgio have decided to show them discovered in some places using the glass that can be walked on between the floors, thus also creating a sense of continuity of space in the apartment.

nitially the house was conceived divided into two different parts, that of the owners and that of the servants - two parallel lives: the main part had very high ceilings, wide doors and marble floors, while the servants’ part was gloomy, narrow and cramped. Martina’s project has expanded these poor spaces, increasing their brightness and height.

Thanks to this ability to observe, preserve and create, the project that is strongly linked to the life of this house becomes a chapter in the history of Giorgio, or perhaps Giorgio’s life becomes a chapter in the history of this house?

Place: historic center of Palermo

Architect: Martina Cardella


"Casa Facile" magazine / giugno 2021 / Italy

Interiors / project for sale / text by Ilaria Cuzzolin

It is a very fresh house, with pastel tones, which is spring and also very female, with a decidedly bohemian style. A house where there is no dish equal to the other, where the chairs, the hangers are all different, unique pieces resulting from a meticulous search. 
There are also many smart and low cost ideas that always like Ikea furniture repainted in the same color of the walls or the doors of a closet restored and adapted to the closet where behind is the laundry corner. 
Pieces of design mix with elements of the past purchased by dealers over the years.

It’s a house that talks about this woman in her 40s, where you can read many of her life stages.

The house is designed by architects of the studio Unduo. 

Place: historic center of Turin


Interiors / project for sale / Text by Ilaria Cuzzolin

Who knows what the nuns of the cloistered convent who live, with few other families, mostly German, on the tiny San Giulio island must have thought of those bulldozers and workers coming and going for four years in Pella, small “pearl” of one thousand souls faced on the lake d’Orta.

Today it would be tough for the Benedictine monks, when scrutinizing the horizon from their cells, to catch sight of this industrial villa which disappears into the vegetation of one of the mountains that embrace the lake. Now, think of opening your eyes in the morning and enjoy, from any spot of the house, a breathtaking landscape where thenature expresses itself with its magni cence.Then think, at night, when the lights illuminate the shore ahead, so close to have the perception of touching them, with a viewthat virtually draws the perimeter of the house. 

Place: Lake Orta / Northern Italy


"VTVwonen" settembre 2021 / Olanda

"Case di Elixir" magazine #100 ottobre 2021 / Italy

"QUIN" magazine #51 agosto 2022/ Italy


Interiors / project for sale / Text by Ilaria Cuzzolin

At the foot of the Velasca Tower in Milan, there is an apartment that makes you want to remain in the city even on the weekends. Thanks to the unique glass veranda living room ceiling it feels like being on a holiday at the sea with the sun and the stars.


The great terrace over the Velasca Tower where is possible to observe the Armando Diaz Square - another point of reference for the citizens of Milan. “We usually spend our nights outside on the terrace, where we can recharge after a long working day – the owner says – The curtains furnish with style but protect our privacy at the same time, while on the top we don’t’ have to worry about prying eyes, because we meet just the stars looking at us”. Few steps away from the “Madonnina” of Milan, the sky is in the room, just lift up your eyes to admire the sun or the stars.

The house is designed by Maurizio Lai of Lai studio.

Place: historic center of Milan


A project in which the color black identifies the different spaces, giving them personality thanks to its multiple interpretations.

Modern, elegant, magnetic. The interior designers of all the world agree that black is such a charming color, even if it can be a little  tricky if it is not perfectly calibrated. It doesn’t take much that black might become synonymous of darkness and coldness, a mix that can be considered too much for everyday life.  

It must be said that it would have been difficult to do wrong in this flat because here  the darkness of black itself is counterbalanced by the sweet view of the lake d’Orta, in a spot where if you stretch out your arms it seems like you could caress the small island of San Giulio, a “pearl” almost uninhabitated that has inspired so many artists and writers. 

The house is totally nestled in one of those evergreen mountains that circumnavigate the mirror of water, and thus it can get the light only from the side which looks at the lake through the big windows that stand in for the perimetral walls.

Place: Lake Orta / Northern Italy


"VTVwonen" settembre 2021 / Olanda

"Case di Elixir" magazine #100 ottobre 2021 / Italy

"QUIN" magazine #51 agosto 2022/ Italy

Interiors / project for sale / Text by IlariaCuzzolin


of black


TRAVEL & FOOD / project for sale / Text by Ilaria Cuzzolin


For once we wanted to give a different point of view to these Islands highlighting even the less known spots, going forward the usual seaside seen on the postcards.

Then, what do you usually eat at Canary Islands? Fish of course andmost of all the “vieja” a typical variety that you can nd only in thisarchipelago and that you cook very simply: fried or grilled, with vegetables aside.

But there is another side of the Canary Islands that you don’t expect and that is willing to dare, like the one represented by Chef German Ortega, 2 stars Michelin, that cooked for us two innovative dishes with game.


TRAVEL, FOOD & WINE / project for sale / text by Ilaria Cuzzolin



We’ve been to the Italian areas close to Venice where proseccowine comes to life, especially where you can nd Valdobbiadene and Cartizze, the two most precious kinds, the only ones that can use the title DOCG (Designation of Controlled and Guaranted Origin) on their labels.

Quite curious is the “Osteria without the Host”, so famous because noone attends at the tables. Even paying is self-service and based on a personal bid: you pay as much as you think. Seeing the success and the longevity of this place, this method seems to work greatly.

Nowadays it is too easy find too low quality prosecco bottles, very different from the ones produced on the “hostile” valleys of Valdobbiadene-Conegliano.

What is different between DOC and DOCG. Loris Dall’Acqua, the Great Master of the lobby Confraternita, explain it.

Then we visited a modern “bacaro” a typical venetian bar. This has been opened one year ago in Milan and cooked for us some “cicchetti” a sort of Italian tapas that perfect match with a good glass of prosecco or spritz, another Italian phenomenon of the happy hours all around the world.


A tour into the most precious kind of prosecco wine: the Valdobbiadene and the Cartizze. For the first time the lobby of Valdobiaddene, which unifies all the most important producers of the area close to Venice, opened its doors to a photographer letting her take photos during theinvestiture of a new member of “the Knights of Valdobbiadene”.

This wine, even if it comes from the same grape of prosecco, called “glera”, is totally different from the general prosecco for quality and taste. For this reason they want to give up using the brand prosecco, despite it represents a very strong name internationally. In the article it would be interesting to show the differences between a DOC and a DOCG bottle (Designation of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin).

Prosecco is the most drunk wine in UK and USA and now Brexit and new taxes announced by Donald Trump on imported food and beverage make the producers very worried for the future of this wine. How much will thenal consumers be affected by these policies?

The spread of the spritz cocktail empowered the notoriety of prosecco worldwide. Besides it is interesting for sure to stress all the production itself, the better match on the table with the Italian cuisine, the must-see spots and the itinerary that can be followed when visiting this area in the north of Italy dedicated to the art of wine.

TRAVEL, FOOD & WINE / project for sale / text by Ilaria Cuzzolin



us prosecco

FOOD / project for sale / Text by Elena Maestro Shlyapina





In the world where the lifestyle is to maximize the utility of the products, this recipe is a great solution.

Does anyone have a dry old bread?? Do you want to  throw it into the dustbin? It's not a good idea!

All you need to make your breakfast good and smile are the dry bread, a little bit of milk, one egg and some sugar. 

Once upon a time in Ancient Rome the bread was soaked in milk to be eaten. In the Middle Ages in France was famous "pan purdyeu" served with meat, also in Italy and other European countries. 

The story of this plate is very long and every country has adapted it for its taste. In Japan with the soya sauce, in Spain with the lemon juice and the honey. In Russia this plate is named "grenki" and is used as a simple breakfast food, that is loved by children a lot.

Do you want to make it more healthy? You can use the wholemeal bread, honey o some jam instead of usual bread and sugar. 


Carbohydrates, fats and proteins is a good beginning of the childs day!

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