More than 200 years after Catherine the Great commissioned a Chinese village for her summer palace outside St. Petersburg, one of its pavilions again serves as a charming and fanciful weekend escape.
A hallway in a weekend house in one of the pavilions at the Chinese Village in Tsarskoe Selo, an imperial palace near St. Petersburg; the interior design by Kirill Istomin includes custom-made sconces above 1950s iron chairs found at auction, a vintage gilt-wood starburst mirror, archway trim based on Catherine II's 18th-century Chinese study in the Imperial Palace, and wallpaper in the hallway by Brunschwig & Fils.
A pagoda-topped pavilion, one of the many 18th-century buildings in the Chinese Village.
The study's custom-made sofa and chair are covered in fabrics by Lee Jofa, the vintage secretary was purchased at Doyle New York, and the antique chandelier was bought in St. Petersburg.
The living room's custom-made sofa is upholstered in a velvet by Cowtan & Tout, and the cocktail table is by John Rosselli & Associates; the fireplace mantel is based on a 17th-century Dutch design, vintage sconces flank 18th-century porcelain, and the rug is by the Rug Company.
A chest of drawers from Oscar de la Renta by Century Furniture, and 18th-century garden stools and mirror in the foyer.
Dining chairs covered in a fabric by Duralee surround a custom-made table topped with 18th-century teapots bought at a Sotheby's auction of Brooke Astor's estate; the vintage Chinese lantern was found in Paris, the custom-made sconce is in the style of Tony Duquette, and the ceiling's wallpaper is by Alan Campbell.
A late-18th-century pavilion designed by Yury Velten, a court architect for Catherine the Great.
The master bath's sink, tub, and fittings are by Villeroy & Boch, the mirror is from the 1940s, the 1950s stool is from Newel, and the 1970s chandelier was found in Palm Beach; the curtains are of a silk by Manuel Canovas.
In the master bedroom, Istomin designed the headboard, the bedcover is of a silk by Cowtan & Tout, and the chest of drawers is by Kindel; the custom-made carpet is by Lee Jofa.
The Krestovy Bridge, which was built in 1779 in Alexander Park, on the palace grounds.