A good home serves its occupant, and not the other way around, as we sadly still often see. With this thought in mind, Rina Lovko Design Studio designed this minimalist apartment in the centre of Kiev. The work is a harmonious fusion of the studio's strong competences, the occupant’s character and the spirit of the property.
International design studio Rina Lovko Design Studio has been taking care of a wide range of projects since 2008. The studio loves challenges, as the architects just love taking on properties of different typologies and levels of complexity. Therefore, the studio creates all concepts to order to deliver top-quality designs to future users and residents. Creations by Rina Lovko can be recognised from afar; you can recognise them by the typical elegant, minimalist style where the designers have an eye for functionality at the same time. Rina Lovko Design Studio designed this neutral apartment in grey tones especially for a gallerist who was looking for a serene place where he could simultaneously display his artworks. So the unit had to serve as a perfect backdrop for exhibitions, yet make way for personal tranquillity when visiting the city.So the designers made it a point not to overcomplicate the design and above all to open it up.Thus, the large windows connect you to the historic city centre streets. Moreover, in addition to the private area, they provided an office space where the resident can work quietly.
The wooden floor once covered the walls of an old granary.
The living area is buried under luxurious splendour.The place where the gallerist can quietly retreat is divided into an entrance hall, a large functional living kitchen and a fantastic master bedroom. The latter room was enriched with a separate closet area and an immense bathtub. The deliberately rugged look of the room is due to its concrete finish. The living space regains calmness through the many wood accents, each of which was custom-made. Moreover, we like to pay extra attention to the wooden floor, which once covered the walls of an old granary. The 70-year-old planks were finished by the experts using a special brushing technique, giving it a special texture. Finally, the floor was finished with a grey colour, which in turn complements the other elements of the space. Artworks by various authors complete the spaces.
Photography by Yevhen Avramenko
Text by Emma Verstappen