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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

KaiF in Kyiv, Ukraine by FORM architectural bureau

 
November 4th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: FORM architectural bureau

Customers’ requests were to leave maximum area and to fit into the layout the store rooms, walk-in closets and two lavatories in the way that is \”invisible to the eye\”. Loft-style.

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Planning concept – 
Our first major step was to remove big and useless hallway at the entrance and to open thereby the view of the living room space. But we decided to install three-meter \”gate\” which, if desired, would close the entrance part with walk-in closet and lavatory from the living room.
The kitchen was combined with the living room, but visually it was hidden behind a separation wall, which can be walked around from both sides. Dining area combined areas of the kitchen and of the living room.
The bedrooms remained almost untouched by the alterations, except for the recessed balcony, which was attached to one of the bedrooms and adapted for the working area with a writing-desk. The bathroom was extended by adding a shower cabin; the lavatory was extended as well, thus making the entrance to the bathroom from the hallway and not from the living room.

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Key aspects – 
The customer had very bold approach to our work on the interior. There were no embedded stereotypes in the work. All decisions were made conclusively and easily. And as of today these are very important characteristics when working on the living space.
We decided to evade the conventional parquet in the living room using micro cement under polyurethane varnish; the same style of finish was used in the lavatory. Micro cement according to its properties is previous; it is perceived as a one piece surface and does not have as many joints as tiles do.

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

For many wall surfaces we applied finishing with \”living forms\” of the tree which added some warmth to the interior. White walls are the perfect ground for all the elements in the interior.
Crucial point is that the architect bureau FORM in its projects always develops almost all the furniture individually for each interior. It gives us the opportunity to achieve the maximum harmony of objects in the interior.
An interesting solution was to use the natural stone Travertine antique on the walls in the bathroom instead of the usual tiles. Only in the shower cabin black tiles were used. Floor in the bathroom and ceiling in the shower are the parquet massif of teak under oil.
Wall margins in the living room from plywood and sheets of stainless steel were manufactured on an individual basis (like most of the furniture) by Ukrainian company \”Private Enterprise Pashkovsky\”.

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Huge five-meter sofa in the living room was manufactured specifically for this space \”Interia\” by Ukrainian manufacturers. This sofa is so comfortable that you are simply sinking in it, especially when you are watching interesting movie on a large extended screen.
Part of the walls in the interior of this apartment originally were planned to be left with the existing brick laying. But since the laying was not so \”old\” and nice it was decided to clad the walls with the properly \”aged\” brick (Belgian hand-formed clinker tiles Vandersanden).

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Sinks in the bathroom and in the lavatory also were manufactured individually for this apartment because many other sinks were bad matches because of their sizes and colors.
Painting over the bed in the bedroom bureau Form decided to perform not on the canvas with a frame but on the tarpaulin just hanging on the wall. They draw a sketch of the wings and printed it on a fabric.

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

There are no bodacious materials and textures in this interior. There are no dominants in it as well. Everything is simple and natural. It’s relaxing, as it should be in a living space. The whole process of creating and implementing of this interior was accompanied by the major quality – \”simplicity inspires\”.

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Component parts of the interior:
• all frame-furniture (kitchen, hall, wardrobes, tables, shelving with TV in the living room), wood and plywood on the walls (we selected the \”life forms\” of the bog oak), doors – the gateway in the living room – Ukrainian company \”Private Enterprise Pashkovsky\” (everything is in accordance with the individual layouts of the architects)
• upholstered furniture (sofa in the front room as well as sofa and bed in the bedroom) \”Interia\” – Ukrainian manufacturers of upholstered furniture (in accordance with the individual layouts of the architects)
• bed in the master bedroom is manufactured by Italian manufacturer DORELAN, model SHARPEI
• all stubs, kitchen chairs are manufactured by Italian manufacturer Gervasoni
• white chair in the bedroom – VITRA
• coffee table (cane table) in the living room – Reel from B & B Italia
• soft puffs-stones in the hall and in the bedroom – fivetimesone (Poland)
• metal shelving unit in the dining room and in the bedroom – Ukrainian ironsmiths (in accordance with the individual layouts of the architects)
• hand-formed clinker – Vandersanden, Belgium
• black wall in the kitchen is painted with special paint for the possibility of painting by a chalk on it
• walls in the lavatory and in the bathroom, floor in the living room, in the lavatory, in the corridor, in the hall – Micro cement TOPCRET
• all bathroom and lavatory equipment and mixer taps – Ideal Standard, Jado, Gessi. Bathroom – Riho
• in the area of the kitchen painted glass on the working surface instead of tiles
• light – BPM Lighting, SLV, Ikea.
• floor standing sinks – Faux stone CORIAN (in accordance with the individual layouts of the architects)
• walls for the most part – \”irregular bonding plaster\” of pure white color
• ceilings, breastplates, part of the walls – concrete left in the interior without any processing
• interior doors – of factory Barausse, \”concealed\” doors, without casings
• tiles were used only in the shower cabin – Novabell

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © Andrey Bezuglov

Image Courtesy © FORM architectural bureau

Image Courtesy © FORM architectural bureau

Image Courtesy © FORM architectural bureau

Image Courtesy © FORM architectural bureau

Image Courtesy © FORM architectural bureau

Image Courtesy © FORM architectural bureau

Image Courtesy © FORM architectural bureau

Image Courtesy © FORM architectural bureau

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