Kyiv, Ukraine, 2020
Designed for two in love. Devoted to grandpa and nature. Translated as “home” in Finnish.
Koti apartment is 55 square meters of home for a loving couple. The owners of the apartment are people deeply engaged in upcycling, recycling, and eco-friendly movement. Their home is a reflection of who they are. Koti is an echo of nature that embraces the design language of the austere aesthetic of recycled wood, renovated vintage furniture, and calmness dictated by the color scheme of the space.
The design of the apartment is an elegantly choreographed interior supported by a minimalist eclectic aesthetic that intertwines with the intimate country motifs. All the materials here are either natural or close to natural or the ones that can be re- or upcycled. A self-sufficient color scheme fills all the gaps with the wide range of calm wooden hues and textures. Bright colours pay rare visits with tangerine orange, yellow and pine green now and then.
The elements of the space complete each other like air, water, fire, and earth.
Koti project re-invents the concept of old vintage furniture that lived its life already. When it’s about the tribute to someone you love and the future that needs a very conscious approach to a now-living, at least one more life can be lived.
So. Old grandpa’s stuff was refurbished and integrated into the Koti apartment. Chairs in the bedroom — living room chairs in the grandpa’s house. Working table in the bedroom — dining room table in the grandpa’s house. Carpet in the bedroom — living room carpet in the grandpa’s house. Carpet in the dining area — bedroom carper in the grandpa’s house. Bar counter — Kitchen countertop in the grandpa’s house. Mirror in the bathroom — Mirrors form the grandpa’s house. And also. Grandpa’s jokes. Grandpa’s kindness. Grandpa’s love for nature.
The design of the apartment is inspired by Edward Hopper's art narrative with its carefully constructed composition and a timeless, universal quality whispered by the night. Nighthawk’s is a small scale apartment inside a typical Kyiv building created for creative people whose aesthetic mode is always on. The main design pursuit is creating a boundless space with a strict balance between necessities and extras.
Things for this place were chosen not by price but by heart. Things here are no things. They are home.