Strelka Bar is the social heart of Strelka Institute. The eclectic interior brings together art deco elements with Italian and Scandinavian design from the 1960s and ‘70s. Guests can choose from an extensive cocktail list and an international menu, that includes seasonal dishes and local ingredients. The summertime rooftop terrace overlooks the Moscow River, and kiosk in the courtyard offers street food menu. Every weekend bar hosts parties with a special music programme, from dj-sets to live performances. All profits from the bar support Strelka Institute.
I was born in St Petersburg, then, at 11, moved to Siberia where I have lived for 12 more years, graduated from a local university before returning to my hometown in 1998. I took various jobs there before finally turning to photography. From last August I am based in Moscow, a mad metropolis full of contrasts, energy and drama at every corner.
In terms of urban design and architecture, many consider it a failed city, and you really have to know it from the inside to be able to appreciate its vibrance and dynamics. In this nostalgic picture (by Savva Bogatyrev), I am on a tram back in St Pete with my wife Veronika.
Ksenia Tokmakova is an Interior Architect and Designer. She is currently based in Moscow and works on personal and commissioned projects internationally. Her expertise covers various mediums: from editorials to curated environments and set design which opens her up to many ways of different contexts.