Eclectic Apartment in the Spirit of Modernism of the 1950s

May 17, 2017
Posted in Apartments

This three-room apartment with the total area of 78 square meters found a new owner just a year ago. The lady hired a team of qualified architects and set them a task of creating a cozy light apartment with an atmosphere encouraging for good rest after a long working day, but not too refined.


The original layout of the apartment suggested a one big corridor and other rooms arranged along it. The mistress frequently invites guests and welcomes her grown-up son, so the new plan had to explicitly divide the space into a public (entry, kitchen, living room, guest bathroom) and private parts (bedroom, master bathroom, walk-in closet). To crown it all, a big 9-sq-meter recessed balcony in the bedroom had to be winterized and transformed into a full-fledged part of the living space.

The finishing material that was used in especially big amounts was concrete tiles by Greta Wolf. Despite the fact that working with this covering is pretty challenging, the result was worth these efforts. Its matte surface created by marble chips and natural dyes of quiet hues looks especially good namely in the living space. It feels good walking on it even barefoot, especially if the flooring is water heated. Besides, this material is aging very beautifully.


Geometrical motifs continue in the cellulose-based wallpaper by Harlequin from the Indulgence Collection: the same pattern was used in several rooms of the apartment, but in different color schemes. Thus, picked for the public area was light beige, for the corridor – dark purple, and for the bedroom – greenish blue, reminding of the marine color. As for the floor covering, it’s oak parquetry by Coswick soaked with natural oils. Dark tints of the parquet boards bring a note of classics to the interior. Which is more than we can say about the ceiling. Initially the hostess wanted her concrete ceiling to be just cleaned and lacquered. But it finally appeared to be too rough and uneven, so the compromise was found in draft-quality leveling with dry construction mixtures and subsequent lacquer coating.

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A small, but functional natural oak wood kitchen houses all the essential kitchen equipment: a dishwashing machine, a microwave oven, an oven and a cooker with an extraction hood. A bright centerpiece of this zone is a cheerful retro-style refrigerator by Smeg. Besides the prep area, there is a full-fledged dining zone including a big folding table by BoConcept that can seat up to 8 persons.

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The lounge is partially open to the dining area: the doorway between them is wider than a standard size. A comfy corner sofa by Estetica is folding, and dense curtains ensure a nice nap at any time of the day.

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The corridor is designed in boudoir style, hinting at the fact that here the private area of the hostess starts right here. From the hallway one can get to the bedroom, master bathroom, laundry and a roomy walk-in closet. The authors of the project made its interior very festive and mysterious. And to escape the feeling of dullness in this windowless space, it was complemented with a transom, which lets in some daylight from the living room.


The bedroom is quite compact, but features all the must-haves of a woman’s adobe: a comfortable bed, a chest of drawers, bookshelves and a dressing table by Serenissima. You won’t find any bright accents here: it’s the kingdom of navy blue, which guarantees total relaxation after work. The windows are dressed up with dark dense curtains, just like in the living room. The icing on the cake of this room is a warm recessed balcony that will soon be turned either into a home gym with an exercise bicycle or a workshop with an aisle and plenty of paint cans…

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