Over the past few years, Anke Design Studio learned to eliminate in her projects, which led her to a clear vision leaning towards minimalism. Her love for natural materials also gets its place in this apartment, where the aesthetic starting point was to create as spacious a living area as possible in the available space.
The work of interior designer Anna Gawlik, better known as Anke Design Studio, is based on two elements: the specific, unique circumstances of each project and the needs and dreams of her clients. With natural, raw materials, earthy colours, and good use of light, she tries to create a calm, timeless atmosphere. Nature and craft are two of her greatest passions in every project she works on, and she tries to convey that especially by adopting a rather minimalist approach. ‘Inspiration is everywhere, even in a fleeting moment,’ she says. ‘You just have to look for it.’
The original shape of this apartment had to be completely redesigned to meet the needs of the new owner. Originally, the sixty-square-metre apartment had two large bathrooms, a bedroom, and a living room with only a small kitchen. The interior designer opted for one compact bathroom, which led on the one hand to opening up the living space, which is now sufficiently large, and on the other hand to separating the kitchenette, creating a full-fledged kitchen on the west side of the residence. The aim was to free up as much of the hidden space as possible for storage. Thanks to these changes, the core of the apartment is now centrally located, visible behind the grooved wooden cladding that hides the cupboards, the bathroom entrance, and the full pantry in the kitchen.
Through the lay-out and the material palette, a certain integrity is achieved
Thinking about the resulting space was inseparable from using the right materials. It was in those materials - apart from the functional layout - where Anke Design saw the power to achieve cohesion and harmony. In addition to the layout, the palette also ensured that a certain integrity was achieved and the autonomy of each of the rooms was maintained. Starting from modest, monochrome furnishings, each room was designed around the main function it was intended for. The furnishings are simple and stripped of unnecessary decorations. Despite the raw materials, they have a warm feel. Only two materials dominate the entire project: micro concrete on the floors, walls, and ceilings and natural oak veneer on the walls and in the dining room. These basic materials create the serene atmosphere in the interior. In the kitchen and partly in the bedroom, we also find lacquered elements, but always with a matt finish, so that they form the background. All this creates an impressive result that feels minimalist and personal.
Photography by ONI Studio