Design and realisation of a four-bedroom apartment in a newly-erected building was carried out smoothly and in a nice atmosphere. The owners admired beautiful and modern northern design style that we also like very much and is our specialty. We were, likewise, pleased to know that they trusted us and gave us a free hand with the overall design direction.
Northern design, in this case inspired and predominantly represented by Danish design, is typical for its use of bright pastel and earth-like colours and natural materials.
You will find only a minimal amount of colours in the interior and everything is matching perfectly. In the living room, we used complementary colours – yellow with light blue – to liven up the fundamental colour scheme. Contrast was achieved not only by the use of colours, but also different surfaces. In this case, it was a combination of rough concrete wall coating and light floor.
The only place where we diverge from the ever-present colour scheme is the children’s bedroom. Since colours promote creativity, we opted for mint green.
105 m2of living space
2months to design
3months to deliver
105 m2of living space
2months to design
3months to deliver
Design of the living room’s interior was avchallenge for us. The problem of this space was the absence of a suitable place for the placement of a TV as well as an unfortunate and overly visible entrance to the laundry room. We solved these shortcomings using a sliding panel that housed both TV and audio systems and, at the same time, served as a concealment of the less-than-unfortunate entrance. On the outside, it is simple and aesthetically pleasing, but on the inside, it contains clever technological solution for cable management for all connected devices.
In the kitchen and bathroom, we used ceramic tiles featuring bold geometrical structure and colour. Walls in the rest of the apartment are covered with concrete coating and made to resemble raw concrete. Additionally, floor throughout the whole apartment is overlaid with brushed oak flooring.
Material contrast mostly evident from the roughness of the wall coating is counterbalanced with cosy and warm-toned wooden flooring. Consistency in appearance of kitchen and bathroom was achieved by the use of ceramic tiles with concrete texture.
Compared to older apartments, modern new buildings are often well-constructed when it comes to disposition and this duplex is not an exception. It is bright and oriented to three cardinal directions. Night zone is situated on the second floor and, as such, is separated from the day zone on the floor below. We had to make only a few small adjustments – add a bath tub, toilet and shower to the bathroom.
- Living room
- Technical room
- Children's room
- Home office
Kitchen and dining room
Modern white kitchen is simply designed and equipped. The semi-matt kitchen cabinet contains built-in appliances and creates a nice contrast with the colour mosaic. Breakfast stand and wine cabinet is situated next to the window. The proximity of kitchen to the dining room is a great advantage. We intentionally refrained from using hanging lights in the kitchen, giving the owners a prospect of moving the folding dining table if they wish to do so.
We always adopt the same philosophy when designing storage spaces, and that is hiding everything that isn’t supposed to be seen. In most cases, we hide things in the existing invisible storage spaces that are situated throughout the whole apartment. The only visible storage space is a bookshelf in the living room and children’s bedroom.
As we have already mentioned, the entrance to the laundry room is hidden behind the sliding panel. In order to prevent the laundry noise from infiltrating the rest of the apartment, we further separated the room with an acoustic door.
Bedroom and hallway
Bedroom is located on the second floor. The dominant design feature in this room is eccentricity. We decided to play with the shapes a little and avoid boring and perfect symmetricity. A fixed bedside table is placed on the left, while another portable table found its place on the right. The stylish hanging concrete chandelier is likewise placed to the left of the room’s geometrical centre.
The bed is custom-made. It features a beautiful wooden frame and a mirror headboard that create an interesting effect. Even more interesting is the mirror in the hallway. It optically enlarges the room and creates an illusion of a never-ending concrete wall.
Design accessories and details add a nice touch to the apartment’s appearance and help define its unique identity. In this case, it is mostly design components, lights and paintings from a Danish company BoConcept, Dutchbone and Frandsen in combination with custom-made accessories.
This room is likewise located on the second floor. Its big advantage is two large windows that let in a lot of bright light. On the other hand, it lacks walls that would have allowed us to place more furniture into the room.
Interior was designed to accommodate the needs of a pre-schooler and that’s why we decided to give it a playful appearance. We designed a set of houses that are integrated into the furniture and are an interesting design feature. They serve as a decoration as well as toy. When the child grows up, it will be possible to remove them from the furniture.
Bathroom had to be adjusted to meet the requirements of its owners. We added a bath tub, toilet and shower. The space looks spacious and is well lit by the light from a window that also offers a nice view of Bratislava.
Interior furniture comprises a mix of custom-made pieces made by BoConcept. Designing the furniture from scratch allowed us to have a great deal of flexibility and full control over the look of the whole duplex apartment. Furniture design borrows colours from all around the apartment. The combination of oak wood and other materials creates a nice harmony and gives the interior a balanced feel.