It’s in Warsaw. A new interior in an old building

The flat is 68 sq m in size and is located in an old tenement in downtown Warsaw. Its new interior was taken care of by Joanna Lemka-Wójcik of jlw studio. The designer used the mid-century modern style, giving the space new life.

The premises are located in an old tenement house on Elektoralna Street. Already during her first visit, long before work began, the designer saw the potential inherent in the post-war building. She drew attention to the herringbone parquet flooring and the window mouldings. However, a complete renovation was necessary.

During the renovation, the bathroom was enlarged, the parquet was patched up, new electrics were installed… Only later did the time come to fill the space with furniture. The atmosphere of the building is created by the stuccowork, the preserved terrazzo window sills and the already mentioned parquet floor. There were a few elaborate details in the design. The cooktop was flush with the quartz sintered worktop, and the kitchen’s built-in furniture made of ordinary laminated furniture board through the use of vertical blends between the modules, creating an interesting geometric form with rhythmic divisions.

The investors’ dream was a kitchen with an island, even at the expense of a table, which is deliberately not present in the living area. I proposed a monochrome, white, durable Laminam quartz sintered worktop. Thepanel between the cabinets is an extremely striking mosaic in the pistachio colour that is repeated throughout the flat, which ends impressively in an arch by the window,” describes the architect.

Joanna Lemka-Wójcik, jlw studio

Evidence of the history, the former functional layout of the flat became furrows after the walls were demolished. They were supplemented with parquet flooring laid in parallel. Staves from the entrance area were used, where black and white tiles were laid.

I like the bold and thoughtful use of colour in this interior. The alcove in the entrance area has been partly treated with salmon, beige and a brick shade. In the bedroom, the work area has been marked with colour, and the sage shade of the tiles is repeated in the accessories, adds the designer.


About the studio:

JLW Studio is an interior architecture studio led by Joanna Lemka-Wójcik, a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology. She defended her diploma in 2018 with an excellent result, and her master’s thesis was awarded by the Minister of Investment and Development. She gathered experience working in design offices in Warsaw. She specialises in extracting potential from properties both new and old. – I feel comfortable designing in Scandinavian, modern vintage and loft styles. At the same time, I like colour and am not afraid to use it,’ reads the website

Design and supervision of the realisation and coordination of the renovation: Joanna Lemka-Wójcik, jlw studio

Photography and styling: Marta Behling, Pion Level Photography

Finishing team: Walls & Floors

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