Spreading over only 34 square meters, this small apartment is located in a new residential development in Gdansk, Poland. Suitable for a single person or even a couple, the cozy apartment responds to both the needs of young owners, but also to a trend in Polish market, where many young singles or couples can only get mortgage for small apartment for starters. Designed by Helena Michel and Adam Michel of Michel Design Studio, in collaboration with carpenter Konrad Ordecki and developer RAI Przedsiebiorstwo Budowlane, the contemporary flat shows that style comes in any size. Functionality is the main feature of this compact living space, beautified with a selection of stylish details.
Upon entering the apartment, a translucent partition wall hides the elegant interior design. The living spaces are compacted in one large space, including the living zone, elegant kitchen, dining space and bedroom/sofa. Displaying customized furniture throughout – from kitchen cabinets, living space furniture, bathroom and wardrobe – the apartment was carefully constructed to function as a stylish background for a dynamic lifestyle. A powerful focal point is the kitchen backsplash – glass printed on the backside was mounted on the wall, creating an easy to clean, colorful detail. Lined with black glass sheets, the radiators in the living space and kitchen area match the dark furniture and reinforce the designer’s attention to details. Light grey color gres tiles on the bathroom walls and dark grey gres tiles on the floor compose a natural colored environment, perfect for a relaxing bubble bath, don’t you think?
The terms ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ are often used interchangeably when describing design. It’s a common faux pas and one of which this writer is certainly guilty. In design lexicon the two words have contrasting and quite distinct meanings. Describing their difference at a somewhat rudimentary level: contemporary makes reference to the present-day – that which is current and of the time – whereas modern alludes to the past, specifically that of Modernism (post the First World War) and mid-20th century modern design and architecture.
Green in the girls’ bedroom coupled with pink works surprisingly well and it elegantly complements other colors such as brown and orange as well. Working with more than 3 or 4 bright colors in a room requires great care, perfect planning and a hint of ingenuity that lets each hue standout even while blending with the overall look. While it does sound like a risky proposition, get it right and you will have a playful kids’ room that is a visual treat.