Malte Wittenberg and Studio BLB redesigned 19th-century apartment into an art space with both private and public use

Malte Wittenberg and Studio BLB redesigned 19th-century apartment into an art space with both private and public use

“But how do you start?”

This simple question got us thinking. It wasn’t about how to design something specific, it wasn’t even about how to design an apartment as a whole, it was about how to start designing an apartment as a whole. It was about the small slice of time where the design begins.

As we were remembering all of our projects, the answer cleared up. We start with a client’s wish that seems like something that can’t be done. Sometimes because the space is too small, sometimes because building structure is not flexible enough (with only load-bearing walls and nothing to tear down), sometimes because the client wants two contradictory things.

The “impossible wish” is a priority because it is also the reason clients contact us in the first place. Without it, most of them would probably do the remodel by themselves.

That approach is based on our honest belief design solves problems.

And design does solve problems. Continue reading “Malte Wittenberg and Studio BLB redesigned 19th-century apartment into an art space with both private and public use”

RÄS studio used rediscovered attic space for a new mezzanine floor in la Domenique apartment remodel

RÄS studio used rediscovered attic space for a new mezzanine floor in la Domenique apartment remodel

This Barcelona-based studio seems to amaze us more and more with every new project. They are doing a great job at seizing opportunities of every apartment they design.

We love the simple designer’s tricks they use to give the apartment exactly what it needs. With every look at their interiors, you can discover a new amazing detail you’ve never noticed before. Continue reading “RÄS studio used rediscovered attic space for a new mezzanine floor in la Domenique apartment remodel”

JRKVC designed clean and functional apartment using full height bookshelf as a space divider

JRKVC designed clean and functional apartment using full height bookshelf as a space divider

Writing about our own projects tends to get quite technical. As the authors of the design, we try to explain what we did. What changed. How it was done.

Writing about interiors designed by architects we admire, is different.

We write about things we notice.

We carefully go through every image of the interior noticing all the wonderful details, while creating sentences to describe our impressions.
We write about the effect of the interior. About emotions it evokes and thoughts it inspires.

And it’s really not that hard to notice amazing design. Continue reading “JRKVC designed clean and functional apartment using full height bookshelf as a space divider”

Maayan Zusman and Amir Navon transformed an old-fashioned apartment into an open and airy oasis

Maayan Zusman and Amir Navon transformed an old-fashioned apartment into an open and airy oasis

There is something comforting in a thought “This is what everyone does”. Normal is good.

Yes, in many cases, a standard thing to do, is also a good thing to do. But that rule doesn’t really apply to interior design.

And we are not just saying that. We have an amazing, the most wonderful example for you today. The one that will make you rethink everything you thought was a good, normal thing to do in your apartment.

Continue reading “Maayan Zusman and Amir Navon transformed an old-fashioned apartment into an open and airy oasis”

Innauer-Matt Architekten designed all-wood family house in a picturesque Austrian town

Innauer-Matt Architekten designed all-wood family house in a picturesque Austrian town

The very beginning of every project is an amazing time. Wonderful and frustrating. When we know everything could happen, but also don’t see it happening. There’s an empty space – maybe an existing apartment to be remodeled, or an empty plot for a new house to be built. And we know what has to fit in that space. But it doesn’t fit.

So we calculate, combine, remove something only to add it again later. We stretch, erase and then draw again. We get angry because it’s impossible. Then we get sad because it is possible, but it doesn’t look good nor feel right. Because it feels forced and unnatural.

Yet every single time, there comes a moment when everything clears up. When we don’t even have to finish drawing the layout to know that we found the solution. That moment is the reason we sometimes find ourselves explaining to our sisters how amazing will be an apartment they’ve never seen, for people they’ve never met.

We feel that same excitement when we see a project like the one we’re about to share with you. Because we know how much effort was put into creating something so simple, so clean, and so impressive. We can relate. We can imagine that moment when everything cleared up during the design process. We can imagine someone over at the Innauer-Matt Architekten saying: “If we move master bedroom to the end of the hallway, we’ll get this clear row of private rooms. Also, bathrooms will be right next to each other to simplify the plumbing system”. Continue reading “Innauer-Matt Architekten designed all-wood family house in a picturesque Austrian town”

CIAA designed functional small apartment painted in pastels

CIAA designed functional small apartment painted in pastels

To answer the question why we love our jobs, we’d probably say it’s because of this: if you think of your apartment as your little world, we have a chance to literally make the world a better place for our clients.

Not just prettier, but better. Interior design combines aesthetics with functionality and treats them as equals. However, when it comes to private apartments, where a budget is also an issue, we seem to love functionality a tiny bit more. But to design space that serves its owners the best way possible is not the easiest thing to do. You see, we know what is beautiful and we could write about thousands of beautiful interiors, without really knowing if they’re functional.

At the beginning of a designing process, we ask our clients about their everyday life. Do they cook or eat outside? Do they often entertain? Do they work from home? Do they have a lot of stuff? Do they enjoy long bubble baths? Are they early birds or night owls? This is where functionality comes from.

Don’t worry if you’re not really sure what are we talking about – we found the perfect apartment to show you what we mean. Continue reading “CIAA designed functional small apartment painted in pastels”

Colors in an interior – part II

Colors in an interior – part II

While searching for amazingly designed colorful apartments (and you wouldn’t believe how many of them are out there) we started to wonder: is monochrome trend really just a line of least resistance? Almost a foolproof method for good apartment design?

It may be so, but we believe that before monochrome became a thing – and we’re not talking about all black and white, we’re talking about white and warm shades of grey combined with natural finish materials – everyone was going nuts painting their walls peach*, that such drastic move needed to be done.

*You see, we try to be objective in our posts, which isn’t really a problem (nor true for that matter), because we only write about interiors we adore, but we have to say we hate peach – love the fruit hate the color. Continue reading “Colors in an interior – part II”