You can feel the mint here! We take a peek into a colourful flat in Warsaw’s Praga district!

The flat in Warsaw’s Praga district is filled with harmony and warmth. Apparent classics woven from thoughtful details, haptic structures, play of light and coordinated patterns. You will also find Polish furniture and accessories, as well as works by Polish artists and craftsmen. This is an interior you can feel the mint for!

A spatial revolution

The original floor plan of the flat was a closed layout of rooms with a long dark corridor. The investors wanted to maximise the living area, where they intended to be together most of the time. Therefore, the walls of the kitchen, living room and small utility room disappeared. Ultimately, all these functions fit neatly into the open-plan living area. The entrance and circulation area was separated in a conventional form – with colour and patterned mosaic tiles. This has helped to structure the space and improve its proportions. It was also possible to create quite a large, hidden row of wardrobes. The kitchen, on the other hand, gained a functional layout with a large worktop and peninsula, and the high built-in part, which contains household appliances, visually merges with the circulation zone, optically shortening the remainder of the corridor.

At the heart of the home is a large round table. Surrounding it are chairs from the Polish factory Paged, retro “jumpers” restored by the investor and a children’s chair from Stokke. Each slightly different in form and colour, but together they form a harmonious and, above all, comfortable set.

Cosy classics

Customers usually come to me looking for an interior that is warm and cosy, but also with a certain amount of uniqueness. It is a place where they are to feel comfortable for many years to come. So it’s important for me to firstly pick out what makes them feel comfortable and comfortable. In this case, the interior had to be bright, subdued and not overwhelmed by decorations or trinkets, but still cosy. The starting point was therefore classic and elegant in the juxtaposition of shades of broken white, light, warm wood and golden accessories. But what really creates the aura and sense of harmony here is the juxtaposition of structures, materials and small details. Delicate fretwork and interestingly shaped handles enrich the form of the smooth, regular kitchen fronts.

The glossy, uniform worktops, on the other hand, are balanced by the wall cladding of brick tiles with unruly wavy surfaces. Each tile is a slightly different shade of white, plus the tiles, arranged diagonally, give the impression of flowing over the worktop. It is through the use of a range of textures, shades and surface finishes that the apparently white-brick kitchen appears so varied and non-monotonous. Light plays a major role here, emphasising each material in a completely different way.

For a slight contrast and warmth, the whites are combined with oak veneer with clearly defined grains. On the floor, the slightly smoked and bleached planks look beautiful. The layout of the classic herringbone, but on a larger scale, gives a more contemporary feel.

An invigorating interior accent that consistently runs through the entire flat is the light mint colour. It is the colour that greets the residents from the entrance, conceals ample storage space in a neat form and leads the way along the mosaic tile palette deep into the flat. The mint-coloured cabinetry in the hallway creates a simple, rhythmic composition, complemented by milled handles. Its full body is broken up by an open bookcase with an interesting detail – its veneered edges are also mint-coloured while retaining the structure of the wood.

Braided accents also appear throughout the flat, such as the rattan on the openwork wall separating the living room from the entrance area or the bedroom from the dressing room, the custom-woven lampshade of the wall lamp or the fleshy woven painting created by artist Siena Paloma especially for this interior. All these unique accents add to the interior, but at the same time their subtle form does not overwhelm.

In the bathroom, the play with form and colour continues, still relying on the same materials as in the living area. On the floor a distinctive mosaic tile, on the walls white bricks have already adopted a polite, vertical layout, but the mint-coloured grout adds flavour. The tiles are only where necessary, so above them the walls are flooded again with mint-coloured paint. The bottom of the bright composition is balanced by a colourful washbasin from the Italian brand Catalano. A bathroom with a window cannot, of course, lack plants, so a flowerbed from Bujnie with an exuberant philodendron fits into the shape composition on the wall with the mirror.

Something for the little ones!

In the children’s room by the window, there is a large platform for the bed with storage space for toys and a mini bookcase for the little pilot’s books and model planes. There is also an active play area on a ladder and a mini desk for drawing. All thoughtfully designed to be safe and easily transformable as the child grows. The colours are still soothing, as is the image of swimming whales on the wallpaper.

The long and narrow bedroom was divided into two zones separated by an openwork structure with a dressing table. On one side, there is space for a comfortable wardrobe, while the other end of the room is filled with a platform with a large mattress and soft headrest. Grey colours, soft structured fabrics and floral motifs on the cushions dominate here. Here, too, there is unobtrusive art, this time in the form of a relief finished in structural clay plaster. It was custom-made by Żaneta from Atelier Artiva.

Project metrics:
Location: Warsaw’s Praga district
Project year: 2021
Year of implementation: 2022/2023
Area: 71m2

About the architect:
Natalia Adamczyk – a graduate of the Wrocław University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning. Since 2016, she has been running her own design studio N’concept. Many years of experience in the industry and cooperation with inspiring people have honed her knowledge and sharpened her design sensibility. She treats each project as a separate, unique story, which she builds on the basis of careful observation and analysis of the needs of a particular person. Her designs are a visual conglomeration of styles, sensory impressions, unconventional solutions and the potential of a place. You can find out more about her work by visiting the N’concept studio’s website: https: //www.nconcept.pl/

Photography: Martyna Jabłońska / Soul Studio / https://martynasoulstudio.com

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