It is not often that an interior designer shares his own home with the world, unless of course it shows his pure core as an artist and he is not afraid of total transparency. Young designer Vlad Kudin was happy to give us a glimpse of his interior; in his own words, the perfect embodiment of his ideas and aesthetic principles.
Remember the name Vlad Kudin, because the Belarusian talent has only just got out of the starting blocks and is already conquering the hearts of many an interior lover. Why this is so is simply because his stylish, minimalist interiors already fit neatly into the list in the 'world-class concepts' series. His sense of simplicity shot its roots in his childhood, when he gradually began to develop his fascination for beauty and art. Flash forward to today: his unique designs are delicately composed and bursting with natural materials where raw textures prevail. A perfect alternation of hard materials like wood, concrete, stone and soft fabrics like linen and cotton make his concepts flourish.
Creating a personal dream
There really is no better place than a designer's home to showcase what he is fully committed to. The Soft 'n Rough project looked like carte blanche, but could count on his critical eye. The apartment in a new building on the outskirts of Minsk immediately attracted Kudin because of the many possibilities it offered. The high ceilings and open layout were the perfect canvas to incorporate his ascetic, timeless interior. The creative designer deliberately chose to maintain that open feel by connecting the spaces: the kitchen thus flows effortlessly into the living room. His style comes fully to the fore here. This can be seen, for instance, in the rough, unfinished concrete ceilings, which are fully extended and softened by the neutral shade of natural plaster covering the walls. Nor is the designer averse to combining sleek, bulky pieces with light materials such as the monolithic cube shapes of the concrete kitchen that contrast nicely with the Belarusian flax and cotton in the space. In the bedroom, there is a beautiful nature drawing by Helen Hil that breaks with the clean look of the whole residence. Still, the bedroom was allowed a little more playfulness for the designer. The calm, colourless palette of the entire concept, in contrast, also allowed for experimentation with ceiling wiring, rails and linear fixtures, without the danger of these elements dominating. He chose the materials for this personal design not only on aesthetic grounds; since he and his girlfriend are huge music lovers, he made sure to incorporate a soft carpet, curtains made of very thick cotton, and a well-placed sound system. The designer made every effort to create his personal dream by fully working out the drawings and visions in his head, and in our opinion, he completely succeeded. This result and the designer's openness shows boldness that we greatly encourage. Curious to see what else Vlad Kudin will create.
Photography by Liza Kulenenok
Styling by Julia Mamedava
Text by Emma Verstappen