Measured and enveloping, cultured and calm, respectful of history and pre-existences but lightened in the lines and softened in the neutral and bright colors, full of cult design pieces and works of contemporary art.
An apartment housed in an 1899 tenement building in Warsaw was renovated and redesigned with care and creativity by the young designer Magdalena Romanowska from Romanowska Studio together with the owner of the house.
The story to respect, preserve and emphasize
During the war the building was partially burned, later the facade was rebuilt according to the original plan. The concept behind the interior design of the house comes from careful gestures, minimal but radical, with the intent to restore the ancient soul of the dwelling and at the same time to give a breath of modernism to the sober and sophisticated.
The modernist style housed in a historic residence
The interior project was conceived by Magdalena Romanowska in close collaboration with the owner of the apartment. Graphic designer, passionate about art, design and architecture, he wanted to create a interior with a modernist style and at the same time preserve and emphasize the original elements of the space, such as the high ceilings, the herringbone parquet and the large wooden windows with carved frames and panels.
Noble materials, natural shades and contemporary art
Noble materials such as White Carrara marble , oiled oak wood and brass underline the elegant, precious and at the same time natural interior, while the careful selection of furnishings and the punctual lighting are a tribute to modernism and the masterpieces of that ' epoch.
The d ' interior project is defined by the scenic presence of the home owner's collection consisting of objects of art and timeless design, to which are added pieces of contemporary, ancient and traditional crafts, also coming from distant travels.
The careful and precise restoration
The stairs and the entrance door have been restored paying particular attention to the restoration of the authentic details. All entire, the walls of the main corridor are completely lined with a oak veneer, while the windows in their grandeur is defined by the presence of wooden storage units finished with marble top.
Each room has been organized with precision: the proportions of the custom designed furniture correspond to the original geometry.
The system that divides entrance, dining room and kitchen
The corridor leads directly to the living room, while the entrance is separated from the dining room and kitchen by a wooden wardrobe which on one side acts as a wardrobe and from the 'other from sideboard.
The white wall units with marble top define the kitchen. The side wall is covered with glazed tiles that refer to the old ceramic stoves.
The oak table in the dining room
The protagonist of the dining room is a large table with oak top supported by a steel structure and completed by the famous cantilever chairs by Marcel Breuer for Thonet. Above, hovers, discreet and graceful, a sequence of pendant lamps with lampshades in blown glass and brass by Vilhelm Lauritzen, Danish brand of Louis Poulsen.
A monumental glass door with a wooden frame separates the dining room and the living room.
The living room in the colors of the Les Couleurs palette by Le Corbusier
At the center of the living room, whose shades follow the chromatic harmonies of Les Couleurs created by Le Corbusier, stands a clear sofa with pure lines, a Gueridon table by Jean Prouve in oak and two Cassina Capitol Complex armchairs signed Pierre Jeannaret, upholstered in colored fabric. Finally, a wooden corner bookcase houses a collection of objects and works of art.
The bedroom, natural fabrics and cult pieces
The architectural axis that from the entrance leads to the bedroom, separated by a large wardrobe, stands out the iconic armchair Cassina LC2, designed by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret. On the perpendicular wall stands a linear composition of three blue colored lamps designed by Charlotte Perriand for Nemo.
The rational and wood-dominated shapes of the bedroom are softened by the softness of the fabrics such as cotton and natural linen. The simple and minimal space is embellished with works of art, among others, by Teresa Pągowska, Józef Pankiewicz and Matthieu Cosse.
A geometric bathroom
The bathroom walls are covered with a opaque white mosaic characteristic of the modernist style. The geometric composition is emphasized by a custom-made monolithic washbasin in Bianco Carrara marble, completed by the wall-mounted taps chosen in the sophisticated matt black finish.