Project: “Cultural Code” – 4-Storey Duplex House
Author: Nastya Ordenans, Ordenans Design Studio
Location: Koncha-Zaspa, Kyiv, Ukraine
Year of implementation 2016
Area: 395 sqm
Photographer: Andrey Avdeenko
Text and photos provided by Ordenans Design Studio
International Property Award (Best Interior Design Private Residence)
Art Space Award (Ukraine)
Spacious 4-storey duplex house is located in the picturesque suburb of Kyiv. The owner enjoys modern painting, has a large collection of Ukrainian art and organizes art events.
The location of the house among the old pines away from the noisy city inspired to create a beautiful place for contemplation and relaxation. And the concept of the interior was determined by its purpose: to become an exhibition space with proper lighting and in restrained colors, against which the works of artists would look as impressive as possible.
In addition to the main task to create optimal conditions for the demonstration of art objects, it was also important to harmoniously combine the new half of the house with the existing one, made in the style of restrained classics, and make the new space complementing the old, but fresh in spirit.
To make the interior truly original, the author paid attention to every detail from the color of paint on the walls to the selection of furniture, went through hundreds of sketches with ornaments, carefully studied them and harmoniously linked the past with the present.
Piles of books on ornaments and folk traditions, complete immersion into the modern realities of Ukraine through actual art, observation of the painstaking manual work of Ukrainian masters – all this was an integral part of the workflow.
The decoration of the fireplace and ceiling beams became an important stage of the work, as it was necessary to create ornaments that would play with traditional Ukrainian patterns with a modern twist.
The designer managed to create a space where Ukrainian roots are organically woven into a global context, and national identity harmoniously gets on with modern trends in design. Thanks to this
the interior is beyond the scope of trends, which ensures its relevance for many years.
The art collection of the owner includes numerous works by contemporary Ukrainian artists of the first echelon: Pavel Makov, Nazar Bilyk, Alexander Roitburd, Viktor Sidorenko, Viktor Klimenko, Maxim Mamsikov, Roman Minin, Oleg Tistol, Vasily Tsagolov, Alexander Zhyvotkov, Arsen Savadov and others. These artists form a diverse and wide layer of Ukrainian contemporary art and are highly valued in Ukraine and abroad. The themes of their work relate to the complex but diverse Ukrainian reality of the last decades.
The accent part of the living room is a fireplace with a lining of solid oak and a metal part of black rolled steel, which is decorated with ornaments made by Miroslava Perevalskaya and based on Ukrainian national traditions and symbols.
Books on art, etchings by Pavel Makov, reliefs by Nazar Bilyk and sculptures by Alexei Zolotarev evoke a contemplative mood.
The floor is made of two types of marble Daino Reale and Eramosa V / C with a beautiful texture and with highlighted white seams. Marble floor is one of the unifying elements of the living rooms of the two halves of the house.
The Poliform and Meridiani sofas, a coffee table with a textured top (by Poliform), a dining table and chairs (by Emme Mobile) and a discreet kitchen (by Old Line) create a single ensemble.
The carpet by the Ukrainian factory Vandra Rugs in the fireplace zone gives the space man-made warmth and brings the Ukrainian touch.
Chandeliers by Nemo Сassina company subtly beat classic shapes in a modern design.
The walls are covered with Little Greene paintings. The selected shade emphasizes the severity of the interior and serves as an excellent background for the collection of art.
Curtains complement the restrained palette of the interior room. Vertical patch stripes on the curtains were woven specially for this project by hand on a machine tool of the XIX century based on the famous artist and embroidery by Hanna Sobachko-Shostak.
The space is not only a working area, but also a place for receiving visitors. This room is comfortable for conversations in a relaxed atmosphere and, at the same time, has a businesslike character.
The walls in the area of the sofa group are decorated with art works by Alexander Roitburd and Marina Skugareva and the sculpture by Alexei Zolotarev.
The Emme Mobile desk is modern and harmoniously combined with works of art and modern in design, while the bookcase and the door (not included in the frame) remind of the classics of the neighboring half of the house.
Throughout the house, professional exhibition lighting has been used in scenarios of light, which has the correct spectrum and does not allow fading of paints on canvases.
The flooring is brushed oak parquet with white patina. The design of the carpet of the cabinet and the living room coincide and successfully generalize the various rooms with different functions.
Small living room in the attic
This room was the most free from functional loads and was conceived as a space that, if necessary, can be transformed into anything.
Therefore, the author was not afraid of bold experiments and richly decorated it with stylizations of Ukrainian ornaments. Ornamental motifs are traced in the wood panels of the complex geometry of the room. And also in a unique carpet, woven by hand based on the work of Neo Folk by Nikolay Matsenko.
The room is used for communication and exposure of small format paintings and sculptures.
The room is coloristically decided restraint, but elegantly decorated. The main focus was a mandala engraved on glass, created by the artist Miroslava Perevalskaya based on the works of the world famous creator of the last century Maria Priymachenko. The work recalls the origins and continuity of cultural traditions.