Olga, an interior designer
Peter, works in an automobile company
Number of rooms: 2
Metric area: 96 m²
Ceiling height: 2.75 m
Olga has lived in an apartment of the “Blue Bird” housing estate for 10 years already. Before her it used to be a typical bachelor’s nest with minimum furniture and dull gray walls, but Olga managed to breathe new life into it, filling the space with bright splashes. Meanwhile the layout remained practically unchanged: arches and partitions give enough elbow room to try out new ideas. Thus, the dining room zone at some point became a room for cats, then turned into a study to later become a dining room again.
Sometimes those silly items created for kids become silly items for adults. The Boon Glo Night Light with Portable Balls is just that type of product. You might see your first one while strolling through the mall and glancing into a baby emporium. You will wonder what that cool looking lamp is. If you get lucky you will see someone lift one of the balls out of the lamp and see it continue to glow.
A bold new experiment in live/work design has been completed in central Tokyo, the House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki. House T is a home and studio built into a 3-story space with an open, cubic floor plan and a dream-like design. It is puzzling at first glance, looking more like an abstract work by MC Esher than a modern living space. The design does not eschew function for its visual experiment, however, as each separated room, nook and cranny has a purpose for its occupant for entertainment, work or rest. Both here and in House T directly, it’s a space that is intended to be explored visually, so we’ll leave you to that.
Kitchen is a place where each family spends a lot of time. Thus it is very important that this room has not only a functional meaning of a place where food is cooked but also warm and harmonic atmosphere inside. And one of the ways to turn your kitchen into a soulful and cozy place is to use wall murals.
Age of digital photography and printing extended tremendously not only the world but also borders of design solutions. Designers found absolutely fantastic applications for wallpaper murals and posters. Now absolutely any picture may become the facade of a cupboard or photo-tiling. Due to wear-resistant coating of tiles and panels the picture will never rub away. The effect is really awesome.
Any object or phenomenon that amazed you now can embellish your home – sea shore, palms in front of sunset, a chamomile field, coffee beans and elegant flowers, calligraphic inscription and exquisite ornaments – all of these can be pictured in its natural size or zoomed in hundred times. Anything that will be printed on the wall will settle in your kitchen.
There are several things one should know when putting wall murals in the kitchen.
Artem, a lawyer
Number of rooms: 2
Metric area: 46 m²
Ceiling height: 2.5 m
Having become a happy owner of an apartment on the 33rd floor of a newly-built housing estate 4 years ago, Artem was able to move in after a year of redecoration works. At the moment of purchase it was an empty space with an only load-bearing pillar between a bedroom and a kitchen. On the advice of his friends, the host turned to professional architects from the “Archtika” company for the development of layout and interior design projects. Artem’s wishes were few – modern-style décor, an isolated bedroom and a large shower cabin. The developed plan was immediately approved by the host, who made just a few slight changes in the process.