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A small apartment with a colorful theme. Lodz interior design from 3XEL Architects.

12 of January '21

Forty square meters. Although this is not a large area, still many of the apartments being built in Poland measure just that much, creating living conditions most often for one or two people or, if they are in an attractive location, for short-term rentals. The same was the case with the Lodz apartment, which Justyna Kolasa and Patryk Ławrynowicz of 3XEL Architects designed for just short-term rental, creating, as they write, a bold and functional interior.

colorful theme

Interior design for short-term rentals can be a good opportunity to experiment with distinctive colors or unusual solutions. In an apartment located on the premises of the former Karol Kretschmer textile factory in the Old Polesie district of Łódź, the designers opted for a strong color - a leitmotif in a warm shade of orange, which occupies not only the walls or ceiling, but also covers the surface of one of the doors and appears in the accessories decorating the interior.

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contrasting wall colors

photo: Dariusz Jarząbek


The main part of the apartment is the living room with a kitchenette. This space is bright on one side, filled with white, wood and gray of the sofa and round rug, and on the other - it is colorful and contrasting with the opposite wall. The distinctive color covers part of the ceiling and allows the door leading to the bedroom to blend into the wall. In the bedroom, on the other hand, the orange color reaches almost halfway up the walls, creating a colorful lamppost in a modern way.

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contrasting parts of the living room

Photo: Dariusz Jarząbek

boldly and imaginatively

Ola Kloc: What was the priority for the developer?
3XEL Architects: The priority for the investor was to fulfill two functions. The apartment was designed for short-term rentals, but in the future it will be a home for the investors' daughter. The interior was to be bold and functional.

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The bathroom is hidden behind mirror doors that optically enlarge the space

photo: Dariusz Jarząbek

Ola: The apartment is dominated by white and orange, with accessories and furnishings also appearing in black. What influenced such a choice of colors, materials and textures?
3XEL Architects: The location and context of the place. The apartment is located in a newly constructed building on the grounds of the Karl Kretschmer textile factory. We wanted to relate to the site in a subtle and non-literal way. Wedidn't want to compete with the neighboring lofts in therevitalized part of the estate, we justwanted to wink at them :)

Ola: Part of the walls is painted in a warm orange hue, the paint also covers part of the ceiling, where did you get the idea for such a solution?
3XEL Architects: The orange color clearly separates the various functions of the apartment - kitchen, dining area with private zone, bedroom and bathroom.

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open closet in the bedroom

photo: Dariusz Jarząbek

Ola: What was the most difficult part of this project, and what are you most satisfied with?
3XEL Architects: Every time we are satisfied when investors put their trust in us and give us the opportunity to design boldly and with ideas. In this case, the project was accepted after showing the first visualizations, the implementation, which we supervised, went smoothly according to the work schedule.

It was an interesting idea to give up a large wardrobe closet in favor of an open closet made of steel elements, which acts as clothes rods.

Ola: Thank you for the interview!

Ola Kloc

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