Orb, a Ukrainian interior design studio, values aesthetic and functional spaces. With the same vision, they transformed one of their recent projects, Apartment 1069, into a beautiful end result. The focus was on emphasising the lightness of the rooms and creating comfortable spaces for the residents.
Interior design and architecture studio Orb, based in Kiev, specialises mainly in residential spaces. The team is convinced that an interior is not a picture but a tangible thing with physical limitations and an ecological footprint. Therefore, they always design a space with an eye on how life will develop there. The concept of Apartment 1069, located in the centre of Kiev, focuses on short-term rentals. This aspect was therefore taken into account during the design phase. Orb wanted to create a certain experience for the resident and involve him in practices that are unusual for a permanent residence.
The kitchen and living room, each with a different functional purpose, were merged into one large and aesthetically pleasing space. The studio achieved this by working out the kitchen structure in great detail, so that it fits in perfectly with the rest of the space in form and finish. The dining area is complemented by a round glass table.
Two round mirrors on either side of the room create the effect of an endless tunnel.
Central to the living area is the coffee table, which is flanked by a few soft armchairs and a sofa. In the evening, the table lights up, creating an atmosphere of togetherness around the fire. With this technique, Orb wanted to guarantee comfort, just as our ancestors used to seek protection and safety around the fire. A projector with a wide-angle lens, which is concealed in a cabinet, allows the residents to watch films on a large screen.
In the bedroom, the studio decided to experiment with the lighting. The main lighting element was transformed into a powerful RGB dimmed light source, hidden behind a diffuser that follows the shape of the cabinet. In this way, ceiling lamps could be omitted, and the ceiling area could be kept free. The transparent table accentuates the lightness of the room and seems to disappear into the reflection of the mirror in the wardrobe area, which visually enlarges the room. In the sleeping area, a bed structure was designed with bedside tables and built-in, barely visible, lamps in the headboard. Two round mirrors on either side of the room create the effect of an endless tunnel, creating a meditative effect in the sleeping area.
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