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Grand Apartment

Architectural excellence in the interior design
Photographer: Andrii Shurpenkov
About

Brief

Our client, a cultural expert who appreciates architectural ensembles, requested us to create an impeccable interior that would fully reflect his tastes.

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Location:

Kyiv, Ukraine
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Square meters:

343m²
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Date:

March 2021
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Team:

Artem Zverev, co-founder and lead architect, Arthur Sharf, co-founder and lead architect

Challenge

Our task was to pay tribute to the architecture of the interior in all its magnificent details and preserve the integrity of the entire living space at the same time. We were challenged to embody all those principles that we love on the outside, inside, without neglecting the comfort.

Planning

First of all, the designers had to re-plan the accommodation and dismantle several walls to visually expand the space of 343 square meters and let more natural light in. The entire area of ​​the apartment can be conditionally divided into two separate spaces: common areas and a master zone. In the first part, there is a combined kitchen and living room, which also consists of two sub-zones: a lounge area opposite the fireplace and an area for receiving guests.

Concept and Realization

The overall concept of the space was developed, taking into account the principles of combining elements and textures, which would create an optical harmony and perfection. Anyone can notice, or rather not notice, not a single visible seam or negligent matching of materials in this architectural interior. Stone, wood, and metal are connected, smoothly bending, or even look as if they were a single whole organism. This interior has many straight lines that smoothly flow into wave-like shapes. And the absence of sharp corners is additionally emphasized by the rounded shape of the furniture.

The recreation areas also have a zoning technique, where walls or floors merge into each other and support the overall concept of the space. For example, a common stone wall has been designed in the master bedroom and the bathroom, hinting at the unified concept of the two spaces. Dark brown veneer turning into bronze-burgundy brass, stone wall combined with a metal, dark palette of the chamber bathroom, which is extended in the master bedroom — if you walk through these apartments, the connection is obvious. Each new element is a visual continuation of the previous one, and it creates a subtle but perceptible bond between the premises.

Furniture

The living room of the apartment is equipped with furniture of Italian brands, but the Minotti dining table deserves special mention. It is made in the Japanese izakaya style which assumes the sharing of dishes between all guests at the table. The composition of the dining area is completed by a custom lamp from the English brand Cameron Design House, designed in a single copy especially for the Grand Apartment project.

To complete the living area, the designers handpicked the Connery sofa by Minotti brand, which can be recognized by its clean lines, the versatility of the seating system, as well as a hint of the American spirit of the middle of the last century. In addition, they chose Gianfranco Ferre’s Kalamaja chairs in retro style, which reflect the unbridled spirit of the metropolis and sets off the rather conservative concept of the living room.

Custom

In this project, the architects and designers of the YODEZEEN studio were inspired by the flexible brass material used in the decoration of the living space. The first and most striking solution was the creation of the so-called brass wave in the living room. It is a custom design made from the studio’s drawings, almost one piece: the team assembled it from several parts and complemented the lounge by the fireplace. Quite a practical solution in the lathing of the existing structural column gave the living room interior a visual architecture. Illuminated brass has also been used to make a bookcase in the living room, framing furniture in master and guest bathrooms, creating a decorative portal in the master block area, island, and kitchen countertops — all made from this diverse material.

Art

The designers of the studio picked out art objects that complement the very idea of ​​the space. The apartment houses the works of Ukrainian sculptors Yegor Zigura and Nazar Bilyk, who are widely known far beyond the borders of their homeland. Their works decorate not only residences but also park public spaces. And the most striking accent, deliberately “disturbing” the calm pastel palette of the living room, the painting “Horse. Evening ”of one of the most expensive Ukrainian artists of our time, Anatoly Kryvolap. We placed it opposite the main entrance from the hallway to the living room, implying that even perfection needs bright and bold accents.