In modern apartments, combined spaces are not uncommon. Among the obvious advantages is the feeling of air and more space, which is especially important in small apartments. After all, thanks to successful redevelopment, you can get a free multifunctional space instead of several small rooms. A well-thought-out interior of the kitchen-living room will allow this room to become the heart of the house: the option is suitable for those who like to cook, and communicate with guests, and for those who do not need a separate kitchen at all.
Maria Chek: minimalist apartment
Designer Maria Chek designed an apartment of 58 square meters. It is located in the new residential complex “Place in the Sun” in the Dagomys district, on the 12th floor of the building. The customers, a married couple from Moscow are modern representatives of the older generation who appreciate personal comfort and lead an active lifestyle.
The main idea of the project is a bright, comfortable space in a calm natural palette with environmentally friendly materials for a pleasant stay in the winter season on the Black Sea coast. One of the main successes was the design of the kitchen-living room.
The space is a real blank slate with good initial data: a square-shaped corner apartment with high ceilings of 3.5 meters and panoramic glazing. “The first thing that catches your eye at the entrance is a beautiful view from the windows,” says the designer. – Due to the location of the house and the large windows in the apartment, there is excellent insolation: in good weather, the space is flooded with sunshine throughout the day.
The wishes of the customers were few and adequate. It was necessary to design an isolated bedroom, to think over the interior of the kitchen-living room, to find a place for a small well-lit artist’s studio and storage systems hidden in niches.
The absence of partitions between the living room and the kitchen allowed to preserve the main advantages of the space – an abundance of light and beautiful views. The interior of the kitchen-living room is visually united by materials. The entire surface of the floor is covered with large-format porcelain stoneware, imitating natural slate. On the walls of the living room was applied a dense painting non-woven canvas for painting. Against the background of white walls, the snow-white storage system in the kitchen literally dissolves. And the color of the cabinet in the living room echoes the decoration of the facades of the floor kitchen cabinets.
Combination of historical decor with modern design
A small apartment in an old St. Petersburg house designed by Vladimir Berezin. On an area of 40 square meters, the architect combined historical decor with modern design, keeping within a modest budget.
The house, built in 1773, is a monument of history and architecture, known as the Gillerme Apartment House. Memorial plaques testify that Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Galina Ulanova lived in the house – the small apartment in which Vladimir Berezin worked is part of the apartments of the great ballerina.
Customers do not live in there permanently, they needed an apartment for short-term visits to the city. They wanted to see their pied-à-terre comfortable and beautiful. An important condition was to preserve historical elements, as well as to use warm shades in the interior.
The advantages of the source are well-preserved stucco, windows almost from the floor to the ceiling, and the absence of internal load-bearing walls. However, the apartment was in a deplorable condition: outdated repairs, an unsuccessful layout. “When you entered the apartment, you found yourself in a narrow dark corridor. On the right was the entrance to the bathroom, on the left was an uncomfortable small kitchen. Opposite the entrance there is a door to the living room, “the architect recalls.
Vladimir decided to dismantle the partition that separated the living room and the corridor. Now from the entrance you immediately get into a large bright room: there are both an entrance hall and a small kitchen-living room, from a large window overlooking the historical surroundings.
By combining the rooms, the architect retained zoning: the hallway is separated from the kitchen and living room by a built-in wardrobe with mirror panels – mirrors dissolved a high massive wardrobe in space, adding light and lightness to a small room that combines several functions.
The small apartment is divided into two parts: living room-kitchen-hallway and private half. The “border” between the parts was determined by a load-bearing ceiling beam. In the decoration of a small apartment, the most classic materials were used: the interior of the kitchen-living room was decorated with parquet with a French Christmas tree and Carrara marble – its texture is convincingly imitated by high-tech porcelain stoneware. The upper cabinets of the kitchen are finished with oak veneer to maintain the texture of the floor.
Buro5: modernist apartment of 43 sq. m.
The design of a small apartment of 43 square meters. According to the buro5 project is due to the functional layout. Boris Denisyuk and Slava Baldinsky rounded the wall in the corridor to make it easier for the owner to fit into the narrow passage. It was this decision in the spirit of the architecture of Soviet modernism that dictated the choice of finishing materials, color palette, and design of the kitchen-living room.
The architects did not divide the small apartment into isolated rooms, but in the meantime, they were able to accommodate all the necessary functions. In one room, a small kitchen-living room was equipped with laconic facades in the color of the walls and a compact dining room in a bay window near the window, the sleeping place was zoned with a wall of glass blocks. Two planned dressing rooms helped to visually unload the space – opposite the bathroom and in the hallway.
The design of the semicircular wall refers to the architecture of Soviet modernism and the Bauhaus, which influenced the choice of materials for decoration. The walls are painted in a single neutral shade, square floor tiles and a wall of glass blocks support the given aesthetics and decorate the . The final touches of the space of a small apartment were cabinet furniture made of natural wood and expressive furnishings.