Ergonomic Studio Apartment Re-Made According to Feng Shui: Minimum of Furniture, no Closets, a Gym and Propaganda Posters from China

August 9, 2013
Posted in Apartments

81-kitchen set is custom-designed

The Hosts:
Anton, a writer, a journalist
Hanna, a model

Number of rooms: 1
Metric area: 52 m²
Ceiling height: 3.2 m
Floor number: 4

A two-room apartment in an old building was purchased by Anton Friedland five years ago. Encouraged by travels to China, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, the owner decided to re-make his interior style for the Asian one. The implementation of this idea was carried out under the guidance of his friend and architect Ilya Kabalov. After considering many different concepts, they pitched upon neutral option — comfortable for living and with that preserving the aesthetics of pure Chinese style.

The second decision was to join two narrow rooms into a single space. With this view one of the walls had to be torn down, but it was found to be load-bearing, and in the end a piece of it remained. Since such alterations aroused a need for collecting approvals from numerous services, renovation process was extremely delayed.

The space is zoned according to the teachings of Feng Shui: central space, a bedroom and a gym. The entrance hall is separated from the room visually — by means of wall color and flooring.


The design is based on two principles: naturalness and ergonomics. Thus, the lodging actually doesn’t have any closets — they are replaced with recesses in the raised floor.


The work-bench was ordered from IKEA.


Posters decorating the walls were scanned from Chinese Propaganda Posters book.

41-Posters decorating the walls

IKEA book stack was placed in the gym zone.

51-antique printing machine

An antique printing machine is a friend’s gift. Despite its operable condition, it serves for merely decorative purpose.

61-IKEA book stack

Shar-Pei named Karma.

71-Shar-Pei named Karma

The kitchen set is custom-designed.

81-kitchen set is custom-designed

An “In the Mood for Love” movie poster was brought by Anton from Bangkok.

91-movie poster

Animal-shaped seats were purchased in Kiev.

101-Animal-shaped seats

A composition in the form of eyes arrived from Nepal.

111-composition in the form of eyes

A chest of drawers is a gift.

121-chest of drawers is a gift

Bamboo doors for the entrance hall closet were found in a building materials store in Kiev. Metal coating protects them from scratches.

131-Bamboo doors

The bathroom design was inspired by Asian hotels.


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