Three-Room Apartment Based on Three Principles: Openness, Shades of Loft Aesthetics and Only Custom-Made Furniture

August 13, 2013
Posted in Apartments


The Host:
Igor, an architect

Number of rooms: 3
Metric area: 90 m²
Ceiling height: 3 m
Floor number: 13

Determined to find accommodation in the heart of Kiev, with a quiet inside court and a nice city view, 6 years ago Igor bought a three-room lodging in a recent development.

Being an architect by profession, Igor planned the layout and interior design of his lodging on his own. The idea of creating an open space with minimum of partitions required partial layout changes: the kitchen was added to the living room, the balcony – to the bedroom. The third room, which was planned to be given over to a study, was in the end designed as a home studio.

Except for a dining group, the entire furniture was ordered from craftsmen cooperating with Igor in his job. Elements of décor are Italian lamps, travel souvenirs and author’s works of the host.

Loft aesthetics in the lounge interior is set up by the kitchen imitating concrete slabs and brick masonry on the walls. The floor is laid with nutwood parquetry.



A nook-window overlooking the city centre is edged with curtains of Italian flax. Fabric, the length of which was in the end enough for making a bedspread and Roman blinds, was ordered from acquainted textilemen. Lamp — Aura of AxoLight brand.


A sofa is a copy of Charlie model by B&B, Italy. Minimalist lamps on each side of the sofa — TRE. A padded stool was brought from Morocco. A photo on the wall is the host’s work.


Japanese and Belarusian opera glasses are a friend’s gift. A “Buddha Hand” sculpture arrived from Thailand.

41-Japanese and Belarusian opera glasses

Dining group — SoftLine. The easel features one of the latest works by Igor “Feet – Australia (Beware of Sharks)”.

51-Dining group — SoftLine

52-latest works by Igor

The cooking zone is faced with concrete-style tiling. The same finishing material was used for the entrance hall floor. The built-in refrigerator was put into a white cabinet.


The entire tiling and sanitary porcelain was bought in “Agromat”.

71-entire tiling and sanitary

According to the original plan of the lodging, the bedroom had a balcony exit. Since it consumed a big deal of daylight and was too narrow for full-fledged use, the hosts decided to connect it with the living space. Here the flooring was made of ash, which is lighter than in the rest of the rooms. A bed along with bedside tables was custom-made from Igor’s drawings. A DVD-player stand was made of single walnut trunk: flexible components are picked up so that the composition could be easily assembled and dismantled.


A small room serves as a study and a home studio in equal measure. Also a balcony and a boxroom are located here. A broad table top of veneered MDF plates and a sofa were ordered from acquainted masters. The floor is covered with a jute carpet from India. Some of the pictures were painted by the hosts the others were brought from travels.

91-small room


Clay wine bottles bought in Tbilisi serve as candlesticks.

101-Clay wine bottles

A set of vinyl records belongs to Igor’s daughter.

111-set of vinyl records

One more host’s picture adorns the entrance hall.


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