Beige is a minimalist apartment of 45 m2, located in Lviv, Ukraine, designed by Koot bureau for a customer who is also the father of the bureau’s founder. Another feature of this collaboration is that all the furniture, except for the Ikea chairs, was designed by the Koot bureau and made in the father’s workshop.
Since the apartment was originally designed for sale, space had to meet the taste requirements of the residential real estate market in Ukraine. The designer had a task to create an interior that will be universal and relevant in the context of time and location. The conception was to give the future owner opportunity to accomplish the apartment, fill it with atmosphere and make it unique. The bureau has carefully approached the creation of a concept in which priority should be given to the resident.
The design reflects minimalist Nordic aesthetics and philosophy. Monochromatic neutral apartment with a minimal palette of materials is flooded with natural light throughout the day. The white color of the walls and furniture allows the diffused light to be evenly distributed in a bit darker corners. Opencast concrete on the columns and ceiling adds an unobtrusive texture. Beige paint on the walls, fabrics, and light oak on the furniture brings a feeling of warmth and comfort. The gradation of shades makes the space balanced, simple, and calm. Plants play a significant role – serve as a visual accent and fill the interior with life.
The statics of massive spots combined with the vertical rhythms of fabrics and decorative strips make the composition of the interior not only a perfectly designed volume but also a flawless work of art. Concise and simple, this design simultaneously becomes a platform for self-expression. Light and shadows, textures, shapes, proportions, colors – successfully combined artistic means in which in a harmonized space on the main role comes a human. Beige is designed to be a canvas for future residents.
Architects: Koot bureau; Area: 45 m²; Year: 2021; Photographs: Andy Shustykevych; Lead Designer: Tetiana Khrapko; Manufacturer: Volodymyr Khrapko; City: L’viv, Ukraine;