Any apartment renovation is a complex task, but to renovate an apartment in a historical building is a big challenge for architects.
Dynamic between the old and the new is always present – sometimes due to financial and other times due to sentimental reasons – but in historic buildings, as architects (and owners!) we almost have the moral obligation to preserve everything worth preserving – to even enhance it.
Oh and how we love to study new ways of combining the old and the new. We love to see the story of an old apartment adapted to meet the current needs of its owners. And we know you love that, too.
And we know you will love this apartment in an art déco mansion in Vienna (built in 1931.), as much as we do. Continue reading “IFUB* designed inspiring interior in a historical apartment perfectly combining the old and the new”
Is your furniture a part of your home? Or do you see it as the stuff inside your home?
Here’s the thing.
We’re all used to see an interior as a set of layers. The first layer are surfaces that define space – walls, floors, ceilings. Then there are floor and wall finishes. Curtains and carpets, maybe. Furniture comes next, just before decorations.
And usually, that’s not only how we see interiors, but also how we design them – one layer at the time.
Actually, most of the trending homes on Pinterest are designed that way. Designed as a space filled with pretty stuff.
They look good and stylish. You probably like them. We like them, too.
Yet, you might have noticed we don’t feature that type of interiors. Partly because there’s not much to say about them, but mostly because our goal is not to show you what to buy. It’s not even to show you what we think you should like.
Most of the time, it’s not important if you like the interiors we feature. We hope you do because you probably won’t take the time to read about something you dislike, and one of the biggest fears bloggers share is publishing posts no one reads. But what’s important is the understanding why architects/interior designers designed something the way they did, in order to learn how to use those ideas and create a space that’s ideal for you. Continue reading “Why we love raw concrete in interiors pt.2”
The first thing we notice when entering a room – and, we bet, the first thing you notice when entering a room – is the mood.
The mood that certain space sets.
When you think about all the interiors you’ve ever visited, only a few of them truly left an impact. It could be because it was unexpectedly dark and moody. It could be because you’ve never seen anything similar. Or it could be because you never thought an all-white apartment could be so cosy.
To create an ambience is a challenging task, but the tools for the job are quite simple. Continue reading “What makes a good interior”
Would you believe us if we said there’s a big chance you’re already living in a perfect apartment?
You’re probably looking around, finding it hard to believe. We get it. Just a few weeks ago, in this post, we claimed we don’t live in perfect apartments. But we love to be proven wrong.
Why? Because once we realize we were wrong about something, it opens up a whole range of new possibilities. And for us, interior design is all about endless possibilities.
So we found the best examples to show you what we mean. And no matter if you’re a kind of reader who just looks at pictures or the one who also reads the text, you might want to stick around. We’re saving a little piece of information for the very end, convinced it will come to you as a surprise. It sure was a surprise for us!
Join us on our tour through two lovely apartments, both designed by BLA ARCHITETTURA. Continue reading “Blaarchitettura’s complete transformation of two old apartments that will surprise you”
Let’s be honest. Sometimes home remodels don’t turn out quite as we expected.
Maybe you planned everything perfectly. You stayed within your budget. You have all you need and it is so easy to clean now when everything’s new. You have a specific place for everything you own, and the clutter is gone. Your apartment even looks exactly like the ones in photographs that inspired you.
And yet, something’s off.
Is it styling? Of course, you don’t have all the stylish decor, but they just placed it there for a photo shoot, didn’t they? Plus, interior design is not about the stuff in the space, but about space itself, right?
So what went wrong?
Here’s what we think: even though you like the interiors that inspired you, they are not for you! Continue reading “The biggest home interior mistake everyone makes and how to avoid it”
“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”
Architects and designers are involved in your project as much as you want them to be.
Sometimes clients want “total design”. Sometimes, for different reasons, they want to choose materials and furniture on their own. Sometimes they want a functional solution for their space. Sometimes they want only an advice.
What they never want, is to do the math.
When working for our private clients, we constantly get phone calls with questions like: “I’m choosing tiles for my bathroom at the store right now, how much did you say I have to buy?” or “What’s the maximum width of the sink, I’ve just found the one I like, but I don’t know if it fits.” There’s always some little detail they can’t remember. Or never bothered to check out.
We don’t mind clients asking us questions, but things can get pretty messy if we’re not at the office and we simply can’t look up for the information hidden somewhere among plans, explanations, dimensions, samples of materials, and lists of expenses. Continue reading “The simplest way to plan a remodel”