Szmaciarnia by Karina Wiciak

“Szmaciarnia” is the twelfth project of the collection “XII”, entirely designed by Karina Wiciak.”Szmaciarnia” (which in Polish means “rag-house”) is the latest project from the collection of “XII”.

This is the interior gently referring to the “Szwalnia” project, but the architecture of interior is created by the cloth alone, and actually by the patchwork.

If you can create the interior with the old board (“Papiernia”), or with scribbled paper sheets (“Ubojnia”), you can also use old cloths, clumsily stitched with thick thread.

After all, “Szmaciarnia” is not a tribute to the idea of recycling, but a proof that the elegant interior may be created not just with popular glass or metal.

The rough texture of the fabric does not need to be associated with cheapness and mediocrity, and the possibilities of its application are still endless.

The “Szmaciarnia” project also includes:
– armchair “zszyty” (which in Polish means “stitched”)
– hooker chair “zszyty”
– chandelier “szmatka” (which in Polish means “cloth”)
– sink “zszyta”
– toilet bowl “zszyta”

About the collection “XII” (entirely designed by Karina Wiciak).

The collection “XII” will consist of 12 thematic interior designs, together with furniture and fittings, which in each part will be interconnected, not only in terms of style, but also by name. Each subsequent design will be created within one month, and the entire collection will take one year to create.

Here, visualization is to constitute more than a design, which is thrown away after implementation of the interior design, but mainly an image, which has a deeper meaning and can function individually.

These will not be interiors made to a specific order, but designs based on the author’s fantasy and his fascinations of various sorts. It will be possible to order a specific interior design in the form of adaptation of the selected part of the collection, on the basis of exclusivity.

The author’s assumption was not to create trite, fashionable interiors, but non-standard places, full of symbols and metaphors, at the borderline between architecture and scenography.

Due to their nature, these are mostly commercial interiors, intended for use and reception by a larger group of people. Yet, it was not supposed to be an art gallery, in which art is merely watched, but places in which it could be put into use and to do virtually everything – depending on the purpose and function of the premises.

The author of the collection did not strive to artificially ascribe ideology to random ideas, but rather to make the entire design readable and coherent, and at the same time to design every item specifically for the given interior.


Design of a Standard Cottage for Lectors by Ithaka

The project was completed in accordance with the technical specifications of the customer. Design is austere, minimalistic and economical. A birch wood is used in the design, which provides the interior warmth and comfort necessary for the living space. Birch is a reliable, environment friendly, “live” material, which also creates an atmosphere of a Russian log house. The project is arranged in two colors.

Design of a Standard Cottage for Lectors in the Cottage Area of SKOLKOVO MMS
chief Architect: Telemak ANANYAN, Ph.D.
architects: Gohar ISAKHANYAN, Argina KOCHKOYAN, Amalia JANOYAN, Astghik BABAYAN
3D modeling and visualization: Karen AGHAJANYAN, Ph.D.
address: Novaya str., Skolkovo v., Moscow reg., Russia
area: 163.5 m²
project year: 2008-2009
implementation: 2009-2010


Interior Design of Dean’s House by Ithaka

The project is completed in accordance with the customer’s requirements. Design is austere and minimalistic. Interior illustrates natural simplicity:

laconic forms, straight lines and clarity of composition. Use of natural materials brings to the interior a positive, warm atmosphere and harmony. A walnut-wood is used in the interior design, which ensures necessary warmth and coziness to the living premises. The walnut-wood is a reliable, durable, environment friendly, “live” material, which also creates an elegant and austere atmosphere.

Interior Design of Dean’s House in cottage village of Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, Russia
address: Novaya str., Skolkovo v., Moscow reg., Russia
area: 287.5 m²
project year: 2008-2009
implementation: 2009-2010
architects: Telemak ANANYAN, Gohar ISAKHANYAN, Argina KOCHKOYAN, Anahit MKHCHYAN
3D modeling and visualization: Karen AGHAJANYAN
“ITHAKA – Architecture & Design”


Classical style apartment by Roland Stańczyk

The project was finalized in 2013. The apartment is located on the second storey of one of the modern buildings belonging to „Mokotów Park” in green part of central Warsaw, close to Vistula River.
The apartment is approximately 160 square meters big.

It is divided into two areas. The first is an open space composed of a hall, living room, dinning room and a kitchen. The long corridor ends with a toilet and, on the opposite side, private office with library. The hall and the kitchen floors are done from black and white marble. The second part of the apartment, intimate one, has its own private hall and is composed of two bedrooms, cinema room and bathroom. Small laundry is hidden in corrridor cabinets. The room floors are done with oak with classical layout.

All furniture with white lacquered wood were designed by me especially for this interior. The apartment loosely corresponds with art deco.

Name: Classical style apartment at „Mokotów Park” housing estate, Warsaw.
Designed by: architect Roland Stańczyk
Foto: Tomasz Markowski

Private Residence by Akalpit architects

We at ‘Akalpit architects’ believe in giving ‘Extra bit’ compared to the demand of the users. This ‘ extra bit’ is the space derived without affecting the requirements. We make sure it is not some simple space but a space with its own identity and which adds character to the structure.

The site is situated at a prime location in Kolhapur city. Though the client wished to have two separate residences for his sons, he wanted them to be connected.

This was quite a task as the site is a narrow linear rectangle with side margins of only of seven and half feet, which was barely sufficient for light & ventilation.

This made us derive to a traditional solution. We introduced a triple height Central Courtyard between the two units. This courtyard is definitely the key element of this design. It acts as the entrance lobby for both units which connects at all 3 levels. The courtyard gives a sense of visual relation between them. It invites ample natural light in the house throughout the day & helps the hot air to escape from the top.

The other features are the Double height family lounge at the first floor, which overlooks into the courtyard and acts like a lobby to the master bedroom.Extra wide & full height windows allow the users to enjoy the view of the recreational playground which exists in front of the site.

There is a Home Theater & a Gymnasium on Level 3, which can be accessed through both the units. A semi-covered terrace with features like pergolas and a Lily pond gives a sense of relaxation. At the end of a stressful day, this is the space where one would want to be.

Type – Private Residence For Mr. Ashok Narasinghani
Character – Eco sustainable with Climatic conditions & Environment.
Location – Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India.
Year Complete – 2013
Plot Area – 5000 sqft.
Built up Area – 7000 sqft
Material Used – Natural Stone, Vitrified Tiles, Veneer, Solid Wood, Shera Paneling.

STUDIO 44 by Forma line

This studio was designed by young couple for themselves. Initial planning was partly changed by dismantling walls: kitchen, living room and hall were combined into open space. Areas were zoned by textures, materials, colors. Special attention was paid to artificial lightning as there is a lack of sunshine. All the furniture was made by author’s drawings. A large number of interior objects were made personally by the authors: all textiles, floor lamps, interior decoration . For example, a coffee table primarily metal structure of unknown purpose, was found on the industrial zone, then dyed and equipped with thick glass.

Location; Lviv, Ukraine
Size: 52 m2
Type: Residential
Building Status: done in 2012
Project Designers: Andriy Khir, Oksana Sinkevych
Firm: Forma line
Budget: about $10 000

M.N.ROY by Emmanuel Picault and Ludwig Godefroy

A former house of a Mexican communist party founder M.N. Roy was put to a new use by the French architects Emmanuel Picault and Ludwig Godefroy. The new private club can be found in a Roma district of Mexico City, bearing the name of its original resident – M.N.ROY. From the outside, no difference can be seen, as if the true intent was to keep the club a secret. Pyramid shaped interior with a wooden texture offers a two-storey dancefloor and a DJ booth. The thick wooden blocks and glosy copper tiles cover the walls of other rooms, which are equipped with a massive wood and leather furniture.

The corridor walls are clad with black basalt tiles with a sophisticated lightning effect, highlighting its rugged texture. Black walls gradually narrow the space down and lead you to a dimly lit bar. The visitors are able to watch the dancefloors from a glass-fronted mezzanine. M.N.ROY is an incredible mix of cultures, volumes and architectonic styles creating a boiling point modern space.


Le Loft Des Innocents by Frédéric Flanquart

It all started on a September night in 2009, when we all settled up there, on the roof, or at least what remained of it. The building had been through a major fire a year before. The scene was set. The outlook of this area turned really fast into a crazy challenge: design and achieve a shell-free space with – as reference marks- only half-burned out staircases -leading to the lower level-, a huge scaffolding structure used as a roof, and a 360° view over Paris.

The client wanted something new, ambitious and creative, in order to turn over a new leaf after 10 years spent at the loft. Both concerned about the quality of implementation and about the layout and fitting details, he enabled us to make a true fulfilling experience out of this project.

Not a single inch was missed out, the goal was to conceive an open and welcoming space with as much stowage as possible, while allowing a comfortable circulation. We came up pretty quickly with the idea of a quiet and relaxing place during the day switching to a genuine place of mystery and pleasure at night. The dream came true 18 months later, on December 31st, and the leaf naturally turned over.

A space where the filtered, aimed, tamed light designs the volume. Straight or slanting, geometrically random at times, the work of lines highlights every detail. The loft, a filled with emotions project, combining complexity, simplicity and lightness.

Year: 2009/2011
Area: 80m2
Interior Design: Frédéric Flanquart
Photography: Ludo Martin & Pascal Otlinghaus


Chalet Beranger by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance

The Beranger hut in the town of St Martin de Belleville in France is a small bonne bouche for the eye. Its author is Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, a designer and an interior architect. The building is enveloped by beautiful natural surroundings, situated in the middle of alpine mountains. For any observer, it is clear from the start that, this is not any ordinary, traditional hut, even though some elements, like the visible truss, already hint on something. The main element is a big living room, in the centre of which a strange fireplace can be found.

The whole space is tuned in soft colors, mostly grey and light brown. You would not find any unsettling element in the form of a lively color. Interior is geometrically made not only of right angles, but curves as well. It may be thought that some fragments are even sculpted pieces of art, which is an idea not too far from truth, considering that the author studied sculpture as well.


Le Prado by Maurice Padovani

Located by the beaches of the Prado in Marseilles, this former smallholding flanked by a stable was renovated in three steps. At the very end of the nineties, the young family setting up on the first floor gladly agreed to the two children sharing the same room for a time. The volume is then entirely freed from all its partitions and false-ceilings thus revealing a rich and space-structuring framework. Behind the complexity of the assemblings of beams and joists, the parents’ bedroom slips in; open to the living room and accessible by a metal stairway. The main wall’s top is entirely open and the old staircase, formerly external, is integrated to the house’s volume thanks to the installation of galvanised steel bays which oblique uprights give rhythm to the surface.

A few years later, the couple acquires the house’s semi basement as well as an adjoining outbuilding. This time again, the main walls are wide open in order to ease the passage of light and new steel bays, as an echo to the first installation, substitute themselves to masonry. The “cooking”, “meal” and “living room” functions can there from move down to the entire ground floor. And there again, to guarantee the freest flow between the spaces, every partition is removed. The little garden’s terrace, layed out during the same building campaign is covered with large ipé blades and the same wood, on the same level, is used for the entire semi basement in order to insure a continuance in reading and feelings. The big wall standing between the house and the now linked outbuilding is covered with a gouged mdf wainscot because of a recurring moisture that is impossible to resorb. The installation of this panel slightly apart from the wall creates an air flow that suppresses the effects of humidity. The panel surface’s undulating relief makes it vibrate under the light.

The two children became teenagers, the first floor wad recently and once more completely restructured. The kitchen space, turned into a small bedroom before is now dedicated to two new bathrooms, the chimney is gone and a new room was created under the mezzanine allowing at last the boy and the girl to be comfortably and fairly installed. The stairway leading to the mezzanine, a bare folded steel sheet, icon of the house, was moved onto the new room’s partition and firmly fixed to a structure hidden within the wall. As with the semi basement, a wainscot, above the steel stairs, covers a wall that converts into a lifeline behind the overhead framework. The OSB used for the wainscot, whitened and sanded as for a modest “céruse” (a particular bleaching technique), is used as well for the building of the living room’s bookcase, the wardrobes in the children’s rooms and for all the furniture in the parents’ bedroom. The kitchen is composed of two fully white-lacquered parallel blocks. Both are apart from the walls around them as well in order to give them a status of independent pieces of furniture and not the one of an integrated system. The block in the back, taller and longer, is essentially devoted to the storing of implements, dishes and supplies. The low islet serves as a functional bar for the dish washing, the preparation and the cooking. The islet’s worktop is a simple zinc sheet framed in an aluminium angle bracket which slight gap with the piece’s body accentuates the suspension effect. Two suspended Diesel’s Rock lamps (Foscarini) light the top. At the other end of the islet, the Elica Twin stainless hood complements the device. To serve the extending oak table, the chairs “la Leggera” by Ricardo Blummer (Alias).

The table is enlightened by the short version of Twiggy, the contemporary alternative to Achille Castiglioni’s classic Arco. The hearth is made of three grey cast-iron sheets, moulded for the occasion. Around the antique freit pallets reconverted into living room coffee tables, a Greg couch by Zanotta and two RAR by Eames for Vitra come with another design icon of the fifties in a prestigious leather-and-steel version : Airborne’s AA. This space in the continuity of the kitchen can be used as a space to have a meal as well. To provide for this contingency, An Ingo Maurer Zettel’z was set up to light the scene. Two meticulously restored and perfectly moving workshop lamps complete the lighting device. On the first floor, another Zettel’z lights the living room space for it was, at the origins of the project, the meal-taking spot. The table migrated, the chandelier and its paper keepsakes stayed.


Wilhelminian Apartment by Berlinrodeo

This apartment is located in Berlin, Germany. The interior design of this apartment is based by the office interior concept.

This apartment is actually designed by Axel Schaefer intended to the order of the young art collector family, which based in Berlin Tiergarten by the river Spree.

In the progress, BERLINRODEO itself is faced by the challenge which appears during the construction. The challenge is for transforming an older apartment into a contemporary space which is difficult enough, besides, the client itself want a plenty of area to accommodate their art collections.

As a result, the showcase perfect balance inside the apartment is created. It respecting the Wilhelminian-era structure whilst simultaneously including unexpected modern luxury features such as an over sized bathtub.

Contemporary taste meets traditional architecture; it can often be a beautiful marriage. While the people enter this apartment, a classical atmosphere is felt inside this building.

It because the support of the interior design itself. The combined of semi-traditional is blending in modern interior design, for the example the roof, bathroom, floor etc.

The roof is decorated with the contemporary gypsum ornament which gives the bright situation. The natural atmosphere come from the apartment floor which is made from a wood with installed in triangular pattern. Very nice!

Inside the bathroom, an attracted eye view is found there, a large bathtub is installed, very unique! While the bathroom walls itself are patterns in various cubical colors.

The bookshelves interior design is big; many of books can storage here. And of course for an art collector, the gallery room also founded inside the apartment.


Josefine/Roxy Nightclub by Fred Mafra

If you are in the mood for a party night, filled with dancing, we recommend Josephine Roxy Nightclub by Fred Mafra in the Brazillian Belo Horizonte. Design of the club is based on a repetition of several geometric shapes, creating a sort of contemporary bee-hive image. This hypnotic ceiling shelters two dancefloors, three bars, a VIP lounge and a smoking area with a retractable roof.

Flashing LED lights aligned in asymetrical lines and shapes stimulate the senses of guests, while they enjoy the dancing. The vast 955m2 space comes with a high-tech styled exterior, complemented by a facade made of 20 LCD panels. This massive club sets the trend for a wild nights out in Brazil.


When architecture meets fashion

This urban residence, set in the heart of Tel Aviv was designed for a fashion designer and owner of a boutique and brand bearing her name – JERRY. The building was designed as tribute to and a reflection of Jerry’s precise and meticulous design language. The dialogue, both the verbal and the design, between the designer and the architect developed into an architectural project that broke through the accepted boundaries for the design of a residential apartment. The space and the quality of the details and the materials used by the architect created a reflection, a tribute, to the designers collection and style.

One of the collections which influenced the design more than any other was the “Geometric Collection” which clearly shows Jerry’s education as an architect. The designs present a play of shapes, three dimensions and volume whilst preserving principals of clean design and a precise and meticulous language. The range of colors used runs from blacks to urban grays.

The space designed by the architect invites its user inside, into a restrained design world, almost as if entering a bubble of purity sitting in the midst of the chaos, the intensively and the noise of the city outside of the building.

The formal, final touches, the precision and accuracy of even the smallest details and the points where material meets material, the monastic language expressed meticulously and with great care, provide, if only for a moment, that we are looking at something picturesque, if you like, a work of art. The different, continual levels of different hues of black, coupled with the geometric performances of both the natural and the artificial light against the vertical and horizontal planes and surfaces (especially on the wall covered with wooden, black painted strips) provides this restrained picture with the experience of movement in space, dynamism and depth.

The boundaries between Jerry the fashion designer and her collection and those of the architect and his mark are almost completely eradicated with the world of design mixing together to create a result that together create a garment and a space that have been tailor made to fit the occupant.

Design: Pitsou Kedem
Design team architects: Pitsou Kedem, Nurit Ben Yosef, Ran M. Broides
Project: 240 sqm flat in the Antokolsky Project, Tel Aviv
Photography: Amit Geron

The Meltino Café, LOFF

The Meltino café is located in historical town Braga in the north of Portugal and features an interesting type of space for a café. Architects from the LOFF studio designed an open modern place, where they used an abstracted coffee bean as the main idea. In this project, the coffee beans are turned into geometrical symbols cut into the walls and ceiling to allow the light into the interior. Two volumes were created thus defining three spaces with diverse purposes, encouraging the use of different sets of furniture in each of them. The first volume serves as a lounge, in which guests can enjoy their beverages in a pleasant environment, while the second operates as a bar, preparing and selling coffee to take away. To create these volumes the LOFF crew used six plywood panels with MDF coating painted white with the coffee bean symbols cuts in different sizes.

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Ébano Bistró & Bar by Arquitectura en Proceso

Ébano Bistró & Bar was designed by Mexican architectural group Arquitectura en Proceso. Their aim was to transform a building into a bistro. This project is situated in the north of Mexico, in a small town of Delicias, Chihuahua. Agriculture, livestock, and vast deserts are main characteristics of the region. The exterior transformation of the building was marked by the existing roof which was in very poor condition.

It was necessary to build a new one but so as to affect as minimally as possible the existing steel structure of the building. The new roof created a new image of the complex. The building is wrapped into a micro-perforated skin which allows a glimpse of the silhouette of the old building and creates a double skin to regulate the intense heat of the area.A functional route separates the bistro area from the very simple work space.


D´espresso bar

A new bar called D´espresso Bar has been opened recently at Madison Avenue, New York city. It was designed by the architectonic studio Nemaworkshop. Architects have literally turned the bar on its side using impressive wall-papers. The initial idea of the client was to build a unique and creative space that links to the style of the near-by Grand Central Station. As for the inspiration, a next-door Bryan Park library was used, what it is evident at first sight. Entering the bar, one takes notice that the room was turned on its side right away.

This illusion is created using wall-papers not only on the walls, but as well on the ceiling and floor. The idea of turning everything on its side accentuates the concept of the bar that sells coffee to “take away”, as we take away a book from a library. Diffusing glass used on the counter contrasts with the book motive on the wall-papers and lights up the space. Furniture is very simple, though stylish and sophisticated. Whole interior is innovative and original, but cosy and relaxing at the same time.


Futuristic Loft Apartment

A very unique loft has been constructed in the heart of New York, Manhattan. The owners have collected old used petroleum trailer tanks and created a number of capsules – living spaces that were hung in the height and comprise two bedrooms completely hidden, providing a maximum of privacy. Doors with hydraulic pistons allow to close the bedrooms. Vertically positioned tanks house two bathrooms. Bedrooms and bathrooms are accessible by a fire escape ladders and a metal grating catwalk.

The openings on the gratings were filled with a clear resin which makes walking on it very comfortable. To see this Manhattan loft is a very futuristic experience. One feels like being in a sci-fi movie. The overall, industrial atmosphere is completed by the installations that are not hidden in the wall but visible on the outside.


Barker Residence

The Barker Residence can be proud of a fabulous view on the highest skyscraper of Hong Kong IFC and Victoria Harbour. This apartment has been designed by a group Davidclovers that concentrates on the development of residential buildings in Hong Kong. They work mostly for one of the biggest developer of residencies in Hong Kong. Working on Barker residence, they remodeled the unit not only horizontally, but vertically as well using a series of sophisticated walls, lighting through floors and space bended around corners.

The design reduces the effect of this large palatial space and accentuates its potential. The center piece of the existing hall viewing the city panorama is a big, hand-made chandelier. Another important element is a staircase with an outstanding shape that complements the interior. As for the material, brown wood dominates, it was used not only as the flooring, but as a wallcovering about one meter high. The bathroom is separated from the rest of the interior only by a glass wall, it is very spacious and lightened. The natural light enters the apartment through large windows and skylights embedded in some of the rooms.