Full kitchen, living room, bedroom and office. How to fit everything on 28 meters, effectively arrange and leave enough space for a modest dance floor? In our article you will find a fresh solution for organizing a small space.
Flat-casket, flat-picture, flat-suit, having put on that, you no longer want to rent it. Looking at the images, it is impossible to believe that there is less than 30 square meters of total area. The project of the studio in the residential complex "Right Bank" (Khimki) was created for a freshly baked specialist, a graduate of the capital's university, who should start an independent life. The hero was released into free voyage with a Russian samovar and an Italian chandelier.
Perhaps it was precisely this funny “dowry” that became the starting point for creating an unexpected, eclectic and bright interior, resembling a Persian rug-gabeh by a natural combination of things that at first glance do not fit each other. The project was created in the architectural studio AR-KA. Its founders immediately admitted to us that bold experiments with mixing shapes, colors, textures and styles are their favorite genre.
Ilona Boleyshits, architect
A graduate of the Faculty of Architecture BGPA (Minsk), until 2005 engaged in private practice. Since 2006 - the leading architect in the subsidiaries of MIRAX. In 2008, together with her colleague Igor Orlov, she founded her own studio, AR-KA, often operating according to the “family” principle: architects work with many customers and are friends for many years. The studio is an active participant and laureate of various architectural competitions.
A sufficient, though not insane budget was allocated for the relocation of his son. So, before the future owner of the apartment wide creative possibilities opened up. But he decided to completely trust his architect, wishing only that everything necessary was inscribed in the apartment beautifully. And did not lose.
Ilona Boleyshits, architect:
- An interior in which ultramodern fixtures with a samovar, front carving and a wardrobe in a modernist style combine, it is possible to create only on the basis of blind trust. Having seen these items separately, the client will never understand how to mix them logically. In this case, we had a full understanding.
First of all, we sought to ensure that all this space was felt as a harmonious whole and not broken up into separate elements. In addition, it was clear that customers - people of tactile perception. For the comfort of their little spectacular experience, you need more, so it was nice to touch the things that surround them. Hence, special attention to the material and texture. There is a lot of aged wood in the interior: brushed, pseudo-assembly, smooth; as well as leather, velvet, mosaic. The combination of such things is not an easy task, but it is very interesting.
In the apartment, which was to be converted into the home of a young bachelor, almost nothing was changed in construction. The window was sewn up in the bathroom - it seemed convenient to both the customer and the architect - and the wall was slightly moved, without disturbing the wet zones.
Otherwise, everything remained as it was. The main decisions and findings related to the filling of this space with the necessary items for life. Most of the furniture is made to order - specifically to be visually perceived as an extension of the walls. All items in shape and size relate to each other. Kitchen furniture - with a wardrobe in the main area, a wardrobe - with a door specially made for the ceiling, and so on. In this case, air and freedom appear in a small room, but at the same time there is enough space for storage. Nothing more, but everything you need in their places.
Ilona Boleyshits, architect:
- Proper organization of space, especially small - is primarily an accurate and thoughtful layout. It is a delusion to think that a vertical strip can solve the problem of a low ceiling, a white wall is a lack of light, and a tiny table is a shortage of space. Such problems should be solved structurally. Furniture in small rooms need to pick up a proportionate, but rather large. Looking at her, subconsciously you will perceive the room more. Small items, on the contrary, will break up attention and break unity. Another important unifying element in this sense is the ceiling, with which we did not do anything at all. Only polished and varnished concrete.
I had to sew up a small part of the ceiling above the kitchen in order to hide the ventilation and incorporate the light into the bathroom. The function of the table, both dining and working, is performed by a stand with high chairs separating the kitchen area from the living room - there is enough space for one or two people. For the convenience of placing all kitchen appliances, a special cupboard is placed in the corridor - there is a refrigerator and an oven. The refrigerator, in accordance with the idea of cabinet-walls, is hidden behind the doors.
This apartment is interesting for contemplating not so much furniture and decorative objects, but art objects logically integrated into the structure of the room. Samovar, for which a cozy bright niche is provided.
Mosaic carpet, "hung" on the wall of the bathroom - it will be assembled from smalt (pieces of colored glass that were used to create mosaic panels in Ancient Rome) according to the sketches of the architect.
Photowall-paper, printed from a picture by artist Igor Berdyshev. And a very rare, if not exceptional thing - the author's artistic carving, fired at the bottom of the cabinet. It is made by St. Petersburg masters from the company "Stavros" according to Ilona's drawings, created according to the patterns of traditional carving, but not furniture, but facade. Above the thread - doors made of floorboards. So furniture becomes architecture.
And this is not the only "external" element inside this unexpected interior. The kitchen apron is assembled from shingle - strong wooden plates intended for roofing. Very eco-friendly and durable material that is never used in domestic work.
The horizontal wood paneling between the cabinet and the window is nothing more than a planken, or “wooden siding,” as it is called. Its shape and direction successfully repeat the blinds - so it seems that the walls really grow out of the closet.
Ilona treats heterogeneous textures and materials as a pointillist with paints - from each point, and a full-color drawing appears on her canvas-apartment. But the habit of expanding white space is so rooted in the mind that the rich brown and bright spots of color panels at 28 meters to the unprepared look seem strange. The architect urges not to give in to stereotypes. And she is right: you will not refuse her in the open space. A light tone in a small apartment, designed for a single young man, the solution is at least impractical. We have already written about how to stop being afraid of color in the interior.
Ilona Boleyshits, architect:
- I am not against white and beige. But the color itself will not add or reduce the extra meters. Even visually. This is populism. Try mentally repainting this interior in blue, orange or removing colors altogether - it will be neither less nor more. With proper space organization, it should be so. This is called good architecture.
The interior has been used:
- Sink - model Memento, company Villeroy & boch (Germany).
- Bath - model Bellevue, company Villeroy & boch (Germany).
- Washbasin mixer - model Just, company Villeroy & boch (Germany).
- WC - model Memento, company Villeroy & boch (Germany).
- Cupboard under the sink - model Molger, company IKEA.
- The showcase is made to order according to individual sketches.
- Chair - model Coach, design Jean Marie Massot for Contempo (Italy).
- Sofa - Mdf (Italy).
- Carpet - Pieno di vuoto (Italy).
- Furniture for TV made to order according to individual sketches.
Kitchen area and hallway
- Kitchen furniture and cabinets in the hallway are made to order according to individual sketches.
- Table lamp "UFO" - UFO def.design (Ukraine).
- Gyroscopic lamps over the bar - SLV AIXLIGHT (Germany).
- Floor lamp - Foscarini (Italy).
- Ceiling chandelier - Eurolampart (Italy).
- Ceiling tire - Delta light (Belgium).
In search of inspiration for organizing small spaces, take a look at transforming furniture. And here are some more techniques that will help to place everything you need, even on the most modest area:
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- Make a clear list of what you really need to live. And try to stick to it. The rest will wait until better times, when you can expand your "kingdom."
- The more uniformity in the interior, the more spacious it seems. If funds allow, try to make furniture to order. First, such items will match each other both in size and in style. And secondly, they will precisely fall into place and will make the most effective use of precious centimeters of your modest area.
- Consider as many reusable designs as possible. If you are ready to combine the dining and writing desk on one bar - this will be the best solution.
- Avoid unnecessary decorations in small rooms and do not create complex structures on the floor and ceiling - they distract attention, violate the unity of space and, accordingly, steal the desired spaciousness.
- For accents, select some really bright and interesting items that you and your guests will be happy to consider. Everything that gives you pleasure is suitable: from the Le Corbusier design table to the butterfly collection.
- Do not be afraid of complex colors and non-standard combinations. It is not the color that makes the room small - we ourselves clutter it with unnecessary and non-functional objects.
Visualization is provided by architect Ilona Boleyshits.