Orient in Gdańsk, a 65-square-metre flat inspired by the Far East, is the latest project from the KOIGA studio, led by Iga Kozłowska. The designed 65-square-metre flat in Gdańsk is a perfect example of how vintage chinoiserie can inspire a modern and eclectic space.The flat, with a beautiful view of the Old Town, combines elements of the Far East with contemporary design to create a unique and cohesive look
Concept and Inspiration
The inspiration for the entire flat came from a vintage chinoiserie cabinet that was already present in the flat. Instead of treating it as a standalone piece, the designer decided to use it as a starting point to create a cohesive look for the entire flat. The result is a space that seamlessly blends modern elements with vintage chinoiserie, creating an eclectic and vibrant atmosphere.
The colour palette retained in the flat is based on furniture that was already there. And there was a blue sofa, a gold and black vintage chinoiserie cabinet, a yellow armchair and a hint of orange of the old town’s brick facades. This combination of colours creates a vibrant and engaging atmosphere.
Living area: a fusion of cultures
In the living area, the designer opted for elements reminiscent of the Far East, while maintaining a modern touch. The iconic Gervasoni lamp by Paola Navone hangs above a custom-made indigo-coloured table, creating a focal point in the room. The dining chairs by Polish company PAGED feature rattan details, a subtle nod to the Orient. A handmade bamboo lamp hangs above the sofa, illuminating the space with a warm and inviting glow.
To create a seamless connection between the kitchen and dining area and a gentle separation between the lounge area, the designer opted for a see-through wall. This unique feature not only adds to the visual appeal, but also allows natural light to flow through the space.
The icing on the cake is a copy of Joanna Mazuś’s polychrome relief, gold flakes and the artist’s hand-rubbed pigment (yolk tempera) and cobalt, which is truly tempting to touch.
Orient in Gdansk – Cosy haven
Behind the steel door separating the bedroom from the living room, a cosy and intimate space awaits. The walls are decorated with Japanese-inspired wallpaper, which adds a touch of character to the room. A 1960s bedside table from Germany adds to the vintage style, which is, after all, already making an appearance in the living room. The overall atmosphere in the bedroom is soothing and peaceful, providing the perfect space for relaxation.
Welcoming guests in oriental style
Upon entering the flat, guests are greeted in the hallway by wallpaper with a pink heron motif. This bold choice sets the tone for the entire space and immediately attracts attention. In front of the wallpaper is a wooden console, made in Poland from exotic wood, adding a touch of warmth and natural beauty. A ceramic stool reminiscent of Chinese porcelain adds another layer of oriental style. Further down the hall, sconces by Spanish brand Aromas, made of rattan in black and gold, illuminate the space with a soft and inviting glow.
Embracing Chinoiserie: timeless style
Chinoiserie, with its intricate details and exotic motifs, has stood the test of time. The combination of European and Eastern influences in this flat creates a unique and captivating atmosphere. By introducing Chinoiserie elements into a modern space, the designer has successfully created a look that is both timeless and contemporary.
Conclusion: a modern approach to Chinoiserie
The modern chinoiserie flat in Gdansk demonstrates the beauty and versatility of this timeless style. Seamlessly combining vintage and contemporary elements, the designer has created a space that is both distinctive and cosy at the same time. The careful selection of colours, furniture and accessories reflects the rich heritage of the Far East, while maintaining a modern and cohesive look. This flat is proof that chinoiserie can be incorporated into any interior design style, adding a touch of elegance and exoticism to any space.
About the studio
KOIGA – my name is Iga Kozlowska and as an architect I bring the spaces dreamed up by my clients to life.I love humour, and if there is little of it in the workplace, I take matters into my own hands and bring it myself. I am direct, as this communication is the most effective and expected by my clients. I start working on a project from a general concept, gradually going into more detail. I am committed to accuracy and precision in my work. I carry out orders in two ways – I make sure that the details form a coherent whole and correspond to the client’s idea, and I also verify the feasibility.
I gained my academic experience at the University of Technology and Life Sciences in Bydgoszcz (architecture and urban planning), Universidade da Beira Interior in Covilhã, Portugal (engineering studies) and Università di Pavia in Italy (master’s studies). After my studies, I worked in many places where I gained experience in various aspects of working as an architect and interior designer: STUDIO 1:1, TAROS design studio, GawinBe, Tétris Poland. In my professional work, I have repeatedly confronted theoretical knowledge with practice in ambitious projects carried out for small and large clients. The icing on my professional cake is that in 2020 I run my own studio and independently support my clients in beautifying their spaces. – reads https://www.koiga.studio
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