Olly Apartment
Podil District, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2021
57.43 sq.m.
The main goal of this project is to create an excellent apartment for rent. The client has good design taste, but blurred wishes regarding the future concept of the apartment. That`s why we decided to make research about the location and context of this apartment. This helped us create our strong vision about how this small but cozy space can be rethought.

Podil is a historic neighborhood in Kyiv. It retains the architecture of the 17-19 centuries. Here co-exist ensembles of different styles –  Ukrainian Baroque, Russian classicism, eclecticism, and modernism. 
Original Plan
New Plan
For this concept, we have chosen an old-fashion style mood combined with ascetic minimalism. This approach helped us create a quite minimalistic and multi-faceted home where anybody can leave their thoughts and create their own story. It is full of modern materials and techniques combined with vintage stuff and recycled elements. Let`s shortly talk about all of them.
The original plan has a small bedroom. Actually, the bedroom was so small that the bed barely fit. We destroyed that space and build a new one. Larger. The bedroom consists of three different areas: rest, working, and storage with an extra small but pretty wardrobe room.

The rest area is designed in a symmetrical technique that creates the feeling of a hotel room. You cannot see the other part of the room when you are lying on the bed. This is cool because you have no visual noise. You feel calm enjoying of sunrise rays.

In the working area, we created a composition with a custom table covered by old fashioned parquet, Thonet`s S 533 N vintage chair designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1927, and Simos James`s Buster table lamp designed by Chris Martin. 

To make this space more minimalistic, we created a large wardrobe with a secret door leading to the small dressing room. This technique helps us blur the lines between the main area and the small room. You can see the difference by comparing the original and new plans. 

This space is filled with empty walls and gorgeous furnishings that set the right mood for rest, dining, kitchen, and hallway areas. In fact, all three of these areas combined into one large space, but the kitchen and hallway are visually separated by walls. 

The rest area includes Juniper`s Thin floor lamp designed by Peter Bristol and a mix of Propro`s modular Node sofa and two Node armchairs designed by Nata Kurilenko. By the way, Propro is a great local brand that creates beautiful and simple products. Fogia`s Pastille table designed with TAF Studio is the last but not least part of this ensemble. Sources of light are all set in the ceiling. We deliberately hid them. That makes the composition cleaner and visually expands the space.

We like the feeling of laconic and cozy emptiness we have created. It may be a killer for someone, but not for us. We love the way this small space talks to people — not too loudly. This room gives a space for your thoughts. 

The dining area is a gorgeous flower of this apartment: a wooden dining table that we found on a flea market, took the center of the composition, there are also a few Nikari`s Linea RMT6 chairs designed by Rudi Merz made in light wood that creates a playful contrast between two different colors of wood and adds a jolt of color in an otherwise minimal space. &Tradition`s Formakami JH3 pendant lamp designed by Jaime Hayon is hung over table. We love how all of these materials work. The composition looks heavy but it is not. 
A new bathroom has more space than the original. There is a built-in bathtub and vintage stone-topped console with a round washbasin standing on. The design of this space is pretty simple — the main idea is to give this small room an opportunity to get natural light. Therefore, we made a window built into the wall between the bathroom and kitchen. Bright stone texture creates a feeling of a cozy cave. 

As you can see, all rooms have the same mood. This is not a coincidence. We love to do one design line through a project. Similar colors and materials combine all different spaces into one big idea. This time, we chose natural forest fragrances, old-fashioned design notes, and modern furniture pieces made in steel, artificial leather, and wood.