A small apartment located in Łostowice, a quiet and charming district of Gdansk, has undergone a metamorphosis by designers from Raca Architekci studio. The owners of the apartment had clear expectations: the bright space was to encourage relaxation and be saturated with the climate of summer Scandinavian travel. See what the result is!
In the 45 m² apartment, in addition to the owners, two ubiquitous cats are permanent residents. The docking of the furry tenants at some point must have influenced the decision to renovate, and their presence had a considerable impact on the interior design. One of the guidelines was to use flooring that would not be sensitive to water, and to limit the amount of fabric. The key to success turned out to be consistency in the selection of furnishings, proven materials and a subtle color scheme with "dusty sage" in the leading role.
From the beginning of the cooperation, the owners pointed out that the apartment does not have to be perfect, because real people will live and live in it. The layout of the rooms and the way they functioned was left unchanged, as this was what the lifestyle and habits of the household members required. So Raca Architekci studio decided to open up the existing space as much as possible and propose new, more functional and aesthetic solutions. Doorways were enlarged to the full height of the room and sliding doors were used everywhere, which are open on a daily basis so as not to impede free movement around the house. In the living room, plywood doors are a full-fledged part of the arrangement. The door to the living room, by the way, was one of the clients' requirements, since quite often the living room space is used as a guest room. The entrances to the other rooms are made of MDF, lacquered in the color of the walls and without handles and handles.
The apartment was designed in Scandinavian style with a modern twist. Natural birch plywood, combined with a pastel celadon green shade, is a recurring element in every room. The background for this juxtaposition is white and light gray. For contrast, it was decided to introduce black elements in the design of the furniture and accessories. Most of the furniture was custom-made by a carpenter, so the built-ins are consistent in both materials and colors. The accessories and movable furniture come from proven Scandinavian brands Muuto, Hay, and Normann Copenhagen.
The bathroom is consistent in color with the rest of the apartment. The immersion in harmony here is fostered by a minimal number of objects and a subtle color scheme. Clean, clear forms and an organic color palette are accompanied by products from the KOŁO brand: a discreet antibacterial button Kolo Nova Pro, a Technic GT+ frame hidden in a plywood casing and a rectangular Twins washbasin.
The proven solutions are complemented by a calm base of white and gray tiles, warmed by the plywood exposed on the large surface of the cabinets and the previously mentioned green elements. The small space is all about ergonomics and unforced Scandinavian elegance, unpretentious, orderly, calm and neutral.
Illustrations courtesy of OKK!