Project name: DzenSpaceClub Apartment
Design: Olga Fradina
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Square: 45 sq.m (484 sq.ft)
Photograph: Yevhenii Avramenko
Description from interior designer Olga Fradina:
The name of a new project by Olga Fradina Interior Design was born while its creation. Starting from an apartment for rent, it has been gradually transformed into the client’s place of power and space for meditations and tea ceremonies with sole-mates.
The client Katya Bakhirka is a multi-talented young woman who is an owner of a Bakhirka Apparel fashion brand, a hip-hop singer and also a founder of a charity foundation devoted to saving the indigenous people of the Amazonia.
The apartment is situated in 5-floored buildings of Soviet times. As for the size of the gross floor area being not so big (only 45 sq.m along with a small bathroom), it is obvious that there had to be a replanning to make enough space for all expected functional zones. By moving a wall dividing the bathroom, entrance hall and a living room, there appeared to be a more spacious bathroom, thus a full-sized shower unit could be installed, and in an entrance hall there emerged enough place for storage systems. When a bedroom moved to a place, where initially a kitchen had been, a main living area, the DzenSpaceClub, jigsawed like a puzzle, where every part was in its due place. It became possible because all the furniture but for chairs and a sofa was designed by Olga Fradina exclusively for the project. A multifunctional space including kitchen zone, dining area, home office, wardrobe room, and tea lounge looks not overweight due to forms and colour balance, involving a dark ceiling, which has made the room seem higher. There are no doors between rooms in the apartment, thus enhancing a feeling of vastness.
A primary designer’s vision suggested a dark-grey floor and wooden chairs on it. This combination served as a boon to the whole project. Smooth microcement on the floor, walls, and built-in storage and kitchen facades made a perfect background for objects with vivid texture: a low wooden tea table, made by Staritska maysternya by Olga Fradina’s design, wooden rattan wicker chairs by Eichholtz, wooden shelves, bamboo shutters, sisal carpet, bricks under paint, and last but not least, wooden siding of the ceiling.
Olga Fradina prefers to create mixtures of different styles to give her design eternal, not transitory trendy look. The DzenSpaceClub is composed of intricateness of ethno and modernism. The Aristide chairs by Eichholtz were invited to play a star part of interior modernists. This model was inspired by design icons of mid-century XX by Pierre Jeanneret, made for Indian city Chandigarh by Le Corbusier project. To accompany the chairs Olga designed her own modernistic homage – a shelf with sliding doors, with a Riflesso by Charlotte Perriand (1958) as a reference. The theme also applied in a black round wooden dining table, made by Olga’s design at Ukrainian Staritska maysternya. The furniture of simple geometric forms resonates with laconic decor: traditional Ukrainian “hlechyky”, designer’s ceramics by Vos`ma Komora and Olga Fradina.
The bedroom appeared to be rather small, so there are only essential things: a bed, a mirror, a stool for a bedside table, and a shelf with clothes hangers. There is a picture “The Burning Bush” by a modern Ukrainian artist Alexander Bogomaz above a bedhead. Olga envisioned it for two reasons: these works matched the palette and reminded for the designer a Tibetan thangka, but for a Christian context, thus empowering an Oriental feel of the project.
Brands in the project: Eichholtz dining chairs; Maisons Du Monde sofa; FILD pendant lamp; tea table, dining table, shelves by Staritska Maysternya; Zara Homekitchen table lamps, Vos’ma Komora vases; ceramics and origami by Olga Fradina; cases, consoles for lamps in tea lounge, and poufs – bespoke made.