We have previously written about the Ukrainian design studio Sivak + Partners and their minimalist but thoughtful realisations. From the same principles arose the extremely unique project that we now present here. These are only the first designs for a complete hotel project to be built in Odessa, but what we see is already very promising.
This hotel room is part of a larger hotel project. Co-owner of Sivak + Partners and head designer Alexey Gulesha developed this concept and we are looking forward to a full elaboration of the project. Gulesha was inspired for the design by the James Bond films from the 80s, which we mainly see in the cave-like architecture. This contrasts with the cosy nooks and crannies and soft materials. The result looks luxurious and liberated from traditional ideas.
Inspired by the James bond movies from the 80s
"I like to feel the surface of the material tactilely and not visually and compare materials by touching them," Alexey Gulesha explains about his special approach. For example, the transition from a cold concrete floor to a soft carpet makes the latter feel even softer and more pleasant. The glass Cini Boeri chairs in the bedroom are surprisingly comfortable according to the designer, and that contrast, too, creates an interesting dynamic. Yet another contrast, defined between technology and nature, can be seen in the office space where a metal desk seems to come out of the rough rock wall, as it were. Finally, there is the sleek, almost purely functional kitchen. On several levels, it stands opposite the cosy, warm sitting area with a soft colour palette and a work of art that is at the same time simple and has a great influence on the experience of this space. "Also this art shows what circles the world of art is going through for thousand years. If you look a bit on this painting you'll mention that the fractures of the walls and this painting are very similar. So if this brutal natural cave-looking walls were very ordinary a few thousand years ago, now we see them so rarely that we even have to paint them on the canvas," Gulesha says of this contradiction between nature and man-made things.
A project full of interesting oppositions that form a beautiful, warm and relaxing whole. Images courtesy of Sivak + Partners