When you look at this multilevel space of a Kiev studio remodeled from a two-room flat, you can’t even imagine that designer had to deal with a restricted amount of square meters.
This flat is in a five-story 1905 building. The area of the flat makes up 64 square meters. The owners of the flat are a couple of two creative people.
The author of design is Kiev architect Alexey Bykov. The entire project took one year to be accomplished. The owners had some wishes. They wanted the entire composition to be concentrated around a kitchen taking the central area. They also required to make a storage space for their family library.
We’d like to note the raw brick walls. When dismantling old finishing, the workers found many doorways closed by sand-lime brick. The architect decided to replace these fragments with the material resembling the original one. The author had been looking for a proper variant for a long time, but finally managed to make his plans a reality and found a batch of old brick with stamps.
Another designer’s trick is application of a shaving board of warm honey color. It opposes antiquity to contemporaneity. Other materials used in finishing are also simple – flooring board, painted walls, glass partition wall in the living room and batten covering the ceiling in the water closet and the hall.
All partitions were dismantled and some new of them appeared creating the volume and multilevel space. The kitchen is the center of the flat. All other premises are around it. The kitchen area is combined with the living room and the podium; the bedroom is behind the partition wall featuring the glass top.
The studio has perfect storage system. The podium with library features many cabinets and cases. It also can be used as a small stage.
All furniture pieces including soft furniture are custom-made in Ukraine, by sketches of Alexey Bykov. Only Vitra chairs are the exclusion. The lamps are also made in Ukraine, besides the owner’s favorite chandelier brought from Italy.
Photo: Alexey Bykov