This Loft Apartment renovation centered on a built-in library was designed by architect Alex Bykov, situated in the heart of Kiev, Ukraine’s historical district. The apartment only has two doors separating rooms, as each space flows into the next in a looping arrangement. ”The concept of movement appears through the spatial design areas such as the bedroom, the lounge, the library and the bathroom surrounding the kitchen – the historical symbol of the family’s heart,” states the architect.
From the architect: Usually they say that the successful interior is a beneficial combination of environmentally friendly contemporary decorative materials, design furniture, sanitary equipment and home appliances. Nevertheless, the interior of an apartment located in the heart of Kiev’s historical district has a much more valuable treasure – an idea.
A young creative couple had been looking for an architect, when their designer friend recommended them Alex Bykov. The couple was preparing for a wedding and decided to spend their honeymoon in the renewed apartment.
After a fruitful discussion of suggestions and proposals the concept of “constant motion” was born. Furthermore the concept became the main vector of planning design and stylistic solutions of the interior.
The concept of movement appears through spacial design areas such as the bedroom, the lounge, the library and the bathroom surrounding the kitchen, the historical symbol of the “family’s heart”. So you can move from one room to another in an uninterrupted circle, since the spaces flow smoothly into each other.
The windows face to the south-east side ,which is why the living room and the bedroom are filled with an early morning’s golden shine. The interior has a cosy warm colouring due to the pastel brick walls, the natural texture of wood and soft furniture.
During the process of dismantling it was discovered that the doorways had previously been blocked. Alex decided to shift the doorways by using the original bricks with an authentic early 20th century mark. The brick was bought from junkmen and carefully laid into the living room wall.
The built-in library – a primary wish of the couple, was designed to house the family library. The library has a podium, which was designed to provide more space for storage. It was decided to make two types of shelves for the library; thus this flexible solution gives an opportunity to change the geometric pattern of shelves in the future.
Alex also designed all the furniture and prepared individual work drawings. The woodwork was made from low cost materials. Artificial lighting is dim, warm and comfortable.
Decorative lamps are by Ukrainian designers Anna Popovych and Vasyliy Butenko; the ceiling lamps, which were presented to the newly-weds by close friends as a wedding gift, are by ‘Artemide’.
Bespoke wrought-iron products also immediately grab attention: the legs for the coffee and dining tables, a mirror in the bedroom, a sleeve for the kitchen hood and a window.
Photos: Courtesy of Alex Bykov
Micro Apartment is a 340 square foot studio apartment that has been designed by Allen+Killcoyne Architects, located in Manhattan, New York. The client is a Dallas-based retiree who wanted something close to his daughter and grandchildren, this studio is located in their building. He wanted a home that looked “clean, simple, elegant and timeless,” states the architect. Instead of creating one open room to make the space feel bigger, the architect established separate interconnected zones for living, eating, working and sleeping. The space also has large storage requirements with cabinetry that wraps throughout the space. All of this is accomplished in a tiny space without the need for multi-functional pieces. “The place feels bigger,” the architect says, “because you get three major rooms out of it. You don’t feel like you’re trapped in one box.”
“I really wanted to create rooms that flowed together, but at the same time, you had separate areas that defined different living spaces,” says the architect. It’s not the space that proves limiting, Killcoyne concludes. It’s the stuff you’re trying to cram into it. “If you can control the amount of things you own,” he says, “you can live in small spaces very nicely.” This is speaking from experience, as the architect has raised two children in a 650 square foot apartment.
To maximize storage in the kitchen, Killcoyne set the counters at 41 inches (instead of the normal 36), allowing him to tuck an additional row of drawers under the top. A row of open shelves makes access to everyday items easy and keeps the cabinet faces from looking too closed off.
A discreet shadow line divides the cabinets from the ceiling, in lieu of space-hogging moldings.
The bed is tucked behind a custom louvered partition, which shields the sleeping area from view unless you’re seated at the desk. The storage wall includes ample space for hiding clutter and holding electronics, while still offering room for displaying art and collectibles — the personal touches that keep the apartment’s precision from feeling too antiseptic.
The sleeping area accommodates a queen-size bed, several storage closets and 10 linear feet of hanging space.When the owner said he wanted to include a large flat-panel TV here, too, Killcoyne realized the only place to put it was in the ceiling. If you look up, you’ll notice the outline of a trap door that flips down to reveal the screen.
The louvered wall makes the bedroom feel less claustrophobic, Killcoyne explains, while screening it from most angles of the apartment. The painting above the bed is by Thomas Hubben.
To ensure that spaces flowed smoothly, Killcoyne limited the palette to rift-cut oak floors, quartersawn maple cabinets and Benjamin Moore’s aptly named White paint. He lowered the ceiling around the perimeter to accommodate recessed LED fixtures, but left the center full height to help define the living area and maximize the vertical space.
While the kitchen is open to the rest of the space, it’s tucked away in the corner, “so you don’t feel like you’re cooking in your living space,” Killcoyne says. The homeowner doesn’t do a lot of cooking when he’s in residence, so appliances were limited to a microwave oven with a dishwasher drawer below, and a two-burner induction cooktop with a vent concealed in the bottom of the cabinet above.
This space also doubles as the entry hall; the front door is to the left of the oven.
The refrigerator and ice maker are hidden behind the wood doors underneath the counter, which is fashioned from a 1¼-inch slab of commercial white glass called Glassos. “Glass is fabulous, because it doesn’t stain,” says Killcoyne, who also used the material to cover the walls in the bathroom.
Thinner (¾-inch) sheets of Glassos cover the walls of the bathroom, reflecting light and making the space feel bigger. There’s an integrated Corian sink and a fully enclosed shower. (While it’s not a steam shower, it comes close when the transom windows are closed.) The floors are flame-finished granite.
The far-left mirror panel swings open to reveal a medicine cabinet. Even the toilet paper is tucked out of the way to preserve the room’s clean lines.
Photos: Courtesy of Allen+Killcoyne Architects
Spotted on Skeppsholmen, this charming small apartment is cozy and welcoming, featuring a fabulous rooftop terrace with stunning city views in Östermalm, Sweden. Comprised of 602 square feet (56 square meters) with a living room, kitchen, one bedroom and one bathroom. The home was built with the highest standards with designed lighting and several site-built features. The kitchen has white countertops of Carrera marble and a dining area which can accommodate 4-6 diners. The living room offers plenty of natural light and access to the private terrace. The living room is flanked by a very cozy bedroom with separate walk-in closet. Lavish bathroom with underfloor heating, shower and wall mounted toilet. There is plenty of integrated storage solutions, as well as two closets, perfect for a small space!
After moving into an apartment studio without storage room in Bern, Switzerland, Till Könneker decided to make a minimalistic cube design with a shelf for his vinyl collection, television, clothes and shoes. On the cube is a guest bed and inside the cube is plenty of storage space. This is a 2 x 4 x 1,4 meters cube tapered on the door side. The material used is a 3-Layer spruce of 22 mm and the surface is a black and pickled finish with Biofa Hard Oil. Remo Zimmerli transferred Könneker’s sketches from a design concept into a finished product very beautifully. “A house is not really flexibly but we can re-think the space and furniture inside. I believe useful furniture must be adapted to the needs of the user”, states Könneker. If you love this “living cube” design, you can have one custom designed for yourself, from here.
Photos: Rob Lewis
Today we bring to you another incredible apartment we spotted on Alvhem, situated in Linnéstaden, Gothenburg, Sweden. This dreamlike home has been undergone a meticulous and tasteful refurbishment, comprised of about 731 square feet (68 square meters) of living space with open social spaces. Located at the second to the top of a beautiful turn of the century building, the apartment has three generous-sized rooms, high windows with plenty of sunshine and open floor plan between the kitchen and living room. Glazed doors from the kitchen opens up to a spacious wrought-iron balcony bathed in sunshine all day and facing towards a newly renovated courtyard. As if this were not enough, the apartment also has a fully renovated bathroom as well as a variety of beautiful turn of the century details preserved in the finest condition. A light and airy bedroom that is well separated from the other social spaces offers plenty of room for both double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, work space and a reading corner. Along one wall there is an unusual amount of storage in the form of wardrobes with sliding doors. For those who dream of yet more storage, the spacious bedroom also offers a walk-in closet. with a built-in wardrobe will keep you rested and happy and there is enough room for a double bed, a dresser and other small pieces of furniture. With an atmosphere that feels timeless stylish and tranquil, the apartment offers a relaxing lifestyle in the middle of the city.
This meticulously decorated apartment, spotted on Alvhem, is situated in Linnéstaden, Sweden. The fully renovated 914 square foot (85 square meters) home features carefully selected materials and color schemes with a wonderful open floor plan with the perfect balance between social spaces and secluded private rooms. The renovation extends from the details such as dimmer switches to delicious wallpaper and clever storage solutions. The main living spaces feature wide plank flooring, bright white paint and large windows providing plenty of natural light, blurring the lines between indoors and out. A spacious and cozy balcony with wonderful afternoon sunshine can be accessed from both the living room and one of the bedrooms. The tastefully designed kitchen is a chef’s dream, with plenty of workspace, storage and lighting. With lavish home appliances, cabinets with classic white doors with walnut edging and compact black laminate countertops. There are also two bedrooms, a stylish bathroom, a home office that is between the two bedrooms but can also be used as a bedroom and a laundry room with a wine chiller.
This charming newly renovated Swedish apartment interior is situated in lovely Johanneberg, Sweden. The home features a living room, kitchen, adorable home office, bedroom, bathroom and a welcoming balcony with stunning views of the Gothenburg skyline. This highly functional and well designed apartment consists of only 775 square feet (72 square meters) of stylish living space. The bright and airy home has original parquet wood flooring, high ceilings and subdued light gray walls. The kitchen has been renovated to the highest standards, breathing perfection and a beautiful color scheme, graphically strong in white and gray. The bedroom is a restful retreat with thick carpeting to welcome tired feet in the mornings overtop of original planks that have been preserved. What do you think of this adorable renovation?
Residence Alameda Campinas is situated in Sao Paulo, Brazil, designed by studio Maurício Arruda. After 10 years living in this small 516 square foot (48 square meters) apartment, the client´s first demand, a 40 year-old bachelor, was not to try to convince him to move to a bigger place. Used to living alone in a reduced size space, and aware of its limitations, the owner asked for a complete transformation of its interior, from layout to finishing, to lightning. The goal was to expand through the unity of both floors of this duplex apartment; the project features a restricted color and material pallet. Among the furniture the sofa, a 1962 Sergio Rodrigues´ Tonico – already owned by the client – was the starting point for the ground floor, influencing the assembly of shapes colors and texture of the projects.
In the upper floor, the caviúna panel, also from the 60´s and owned by the client´s family, covering the wall on the bed´s headrest dictated the usage of light wood and color in the intimate area To invert the often used “wooden floor and white walls” combo, white epoxy painting over the existing ipê floor was used on both floors and the walls were covered by a mix of gray and beige, known in the fashion world as “greyge”, which embraces the sobriety and masculinity of gray with a touch of warmth from the brown tones.
The woodwork from the ground floor has ebonized finishing, both in the living room´s shelves and in the kitchen cabinets. The only exceptions to the black-white-greyge pallet are the kitchen´s floral cement tiles, the Moroccan Berber carpet and the illustrations that compose his Brazilian vintage collection.
To give the feeling of higher ceilings, the walls´ baseboards were removed and the lighting is kept to just a pendant light over the kitchen counter and a ceiling light near the bedroom closets – respectively from the 60´s and 70´s. The rest of the apartment is illuminated at night by built-in lights to the woodwork and by the table lamps by the sofas and bed.
Photos: Fran Parente
This incredible penthouse apartment is located in Sant Cugat del Vallés, just outside of Barcelona, Spain. Both the interior and exterior decoration is the work of interior designer Mireia Masdeu, who knew how to apply for each environment light, harmony and relaxation. Stairs connect the terrace with the interior of the house, whose reform was also conducted by Mireia. The outdoor terrace provides sweeping views of Montserrat and the Collserola mountains. The amplitude of its surface was enough to create two distinct areas, the dining room is unified by a magnificent awning that covers all of the terrace and the platform floor of oiled ipe, a type of wood that is weather resistant.
The living room consists of a sofa with chaise lounge and a fiber armchair, which seems to glow thanks to lacquered shelves of the same color as the wall and built-in lights. A metal trunk inherited, on which rests old magazines, serves as a coffee table. The designer demolished the wall dividing the kitchen from the living room to create a unique atmosphere in the dining room with a unifying element: the generous container table with wooden top and legs and lacquered iron plates in white forming the cabinet storage.
The sofa was made with recovered pallets, as well as the coffee table with wheels, created on the spectacular terrace lined with wood.
The master bedroom was conceived as a space for rest, providing only the essential elements to this: a large bed, closet and a stool and a folding table that acts as bedside tables.
The bathroom is covered with porcelain tiles in anthracite grey, and stone in a horizontal format and cream tones. The same tone was used in the countertop resin basin and shower curtains.
Photos: Mi Casa
This completely renovated turn of the century apartment spotted on Alvhem, is situated in Linnéstaden, Sweden. Upon entrance to this stylish home, you are welcomed by bright modern interiors and light oak floors. The light streams in from both sides making this small space of only 409 square feet (38 square meters) feel warm and inviting. The newly updated kitchen features a pair of glazed doors that opens up to a sunny balcony that effectively blurs the boundaries between inside and out. A cozy dining area in the kitchen is set against an exposed brick wall which provides a very comfortable ambiance and offsets nicely with its surroundings.
The living room is spacious and airy with high ceilings and windows that lookout into an inner courtyard with lots of greenery that makes you feel like you are not living in a big city. A closet space in this studio apartment was converted into a cozy sleeping alcove. An obstructed old mirror door becomes a nice framing and a charming detail behind the bed. In the alcove, the walls are painted white and the floor is decorated with oak parquet flooring. A newly renovated bathroom offers clever design solutions for a small space, including a luxurious shower with foldable wall frames. There is a towel heater, wall-mounted toilet with a solid black granite shelf above. A painted wood vanity with a porcelain vessel sink and tiled white walls, graphite grey floor tiles and underfloor heating completes this wonderful space.