Geometric forms used as an art decor, simple, clear elegance of tones and materials, contemporary approach toward classics furnishing – this is the essence of the new artful design of . Hard to believe but when the brief was appointed this apartment located in Ljubljana was in ruins. Now, thanks to the natural color base (white and charcoal warmed up by caramel wood) and the unique geometrical furnishing, the place emanates elegance and warm modern style. Some playful touches – like the hidden illumination of some elements, the bathroom tiles resembling concrete or the clever space extension achieved by arch mirrors – and you have, despite its simplicity, an impressive and unforgettable interior decor.
The apartment is located in the heart of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It is divided into living area (consisting of a large living room with kitchen and dining room) and more intimate / sleeping area (two sleeping rooms and a study room). In between these two spaces there is a service part offering two contemporary bathrooms and one utility. When the client approached us, this apartment was vacant and ruined. In order to bring it back to life, the renovation was absolutely necessary. The adaptation didn’t make any significant changes to the floor plan, besides some bathroom enhancements, windows & door replacements, new flooring and electrical installations.
The interior furnishing design is simple, with design-scheme combining basic materials and natural colors: oak, white furniture and some detail accents in black. This approach allowed the residents the freedom of doing any additional decorations (art, colored cushions, carpets, accessories etc.) without disrupting the overall design-statement.
The furniture along the walls is in a neutral white and designed in a geometrical pattern, which magnifies the flat’s ambience. Several carefully selected accents are wood, which create a pleasant and cozy atmosphere. The furniture is custom and unique – for example, a big 3.5 m long wooden table in the middle of the dining area or a huge pantry with parquet-finish, which brings the living and private spaces together. The marriage of white and oak is implemented in the master bedroom as well (master-bed and a geometrically-shaped wall closet above). The massive curtains throughout the apartment achieve additional intimacy, softness and consistency (they are also in a neutral black & white combination). The bathrooms are simple and without any unnecessary decorations, which allows the beautiful concrete-like tiles to stand out. These spaces are visually enhanced with the clever use of built-in mirrored walls.
Our aim was to adapt this interior to the versatile, ever changing needs of the modern customer. Besides the functionality, we wanted to create many different lighting scenarios and environments. This is achieved by combining basic lighting with the indirect led lighting, which are hidden in the furniture elements. The ceiling in the bedroom adorned with a crystal chandelier, which (along with the other vintage accessories) gives this residence a unique soul.
Architectural office: Studio 360,
Author: Lidija Dragisic
Furniture design: Lidija Dragisic, Vladan Srdic
Project: interior design and adaptation
Photo: Miran Kambic
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Renovation year: 2013
Floor space: 100 m2