We were not afraid of a bit of dust and mess, and rolled our sleeves to undergo an extreme makeover for this home in Prishtina. A complete transformation that went from a modest living place into an ultra-contemporary home, with a grand entrance foyer and multiple living areas. Unused spaces that were gathering only spider webs were transformed into duplex areas, and in exchange for an open balcony that was never used, a winter garden has come to be. The place was enlarged by organizing the interior plan from scratch. Old walls were smashed and new ones were built in order to create a beautiful living home, but most importantly, it had to be practical, and with a style that can always be up to date. The living area was changed into a vast open plan, together with the kitchen/dining area. The living area and the kitchen and dining space has as a room divider the minimal metal stairs, with the wooden boxes as a décor; stairs that lead you to the living room’s duplex. The family that lives here, has a very special memory that all of them share together, a ping pong table. Parents have met and fallen in love through ping pong, and both them and their children are ping pong champions. Thus, the main hall that leads you throughout the house, is made to look like a very long ping pong table; a detail that all of them can cherish, and one that makes them all feel like home. All interior products, except the sofas, are uniquely designed for this space by our product design team.
“How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun,” said 19th-century painter Vincent van Gogh. And he’s so right. As soon as you enter this home, a splash of “not so usual” color palette greets you in, which reminds you of spring blooms and the so longing sun after the gray winter. Lavender grey and mustard, this combo of color wheel opposites, is less common since it can be tricky to balance the two bold shades. But in this case, the accent of deep lavender and mustard yellow, add color and vibrancy to the wood, which gives the perfect touch of rusticity to this contemporary home. Solid wood has a unique character and presence on its own which lends an air of permanence and character to the living space. The best feature of it, is that it simply gets better as it ages. The custom designed dining table, from reclaimed oak wood, with its digs and nicks, gives the area a personality all on its own. Solid wood takes on a charming patina with time, which glows quietly and emits a proud sense of history and character. The custom designed wall panels, look both traditional and contemporary, which add a special dimension and atmosphere to the dining area. The redesigned Lucite chair, inspired by the 1800’s illustrations of Albanians found on the columns of Illustrated London News, with it’s clear material, takes up no visual space; but yet holds a cultural heritage on its shoulders. The ghost chairs, paired with the wood dining table, bring a fresh sleekness to the area. The dining area connects to the kitchen, the heart of the house, as a continuation of materials and forms. The warm tones of the oak cabinets in the kitchen, tie in with the color and form of the wall panels. The custom designed rusted pendant lights, are the cherry on top. Each designed lamp has changes of pattern and color, adding the final patina to the space.
This home came together as a really unique color palette of rustic and shabby interior style. The color wheel has been chosen by having in mind the philological effect of colors on our subconscious. Green known for its soothing qualities has been chosen for the entryway because it eases the transition from the outdoors, and combined with the greyish green custom design kitchen and wall panels, give a sense of relaxation and serenity. Like green, brown’s natural roots give a relaxing touch, combined perfectly with the green couch in the living area, where the family gathers and incites conversation. The accent lies upon the orangey yellow armchair, a color which is associated with happiness, creation, and creativity; hence it works great with the plentiful natural light in the room, creating a peaceful environment. Wood and vintage décor, give the right amount of rusticity to this ambient. A special attention has been given to the décor elements, because those are the final touch of coziness in this home. The Desus wallpaper in the beginning of the staircase, gives a special visual impact and attention on both floors.
A memorial proposal.
This project was a proposal for a memorial competition, with the purpose to serve as a reminder of the communist regime in Albania. To serve as a reminder of a part of the past, we came into a conclusion, that the memorial itself should be a bridge. A bridge, where people would walk on their daily routine, and cross into a piece of history. We proposed the bridge to be placed on the Lana river, the main stream that crosses through Tirana, Albania’s capital city. The bridge is constructed by 47 concrete grids, which represent the 47 years of Albania’s harsh prison into the communist regime. From the outside, the grids have a linear form, but from the inside they rotate a little, from which seating areas were created. In the entrance, with huge capital letters it is written: A past, for not to be forgotten. When you get inside the bridge, you will go through the 47 years of prison, and remember the bitter past. But at the same time, the grids play with the beautiful natural light that comes in, which symbolizes hope; the hope that many Albanian people felt during that time. The hope that made it possible for them to cross that bridge today, and remember that time, for it to never happen again.
Did it snow in your area last night? Do you know how snow looks like on the other side of the planet?
The sight of crisp snow fallen on the century-old architecture that has been witnessed by generations and generations. - The Forbidden City #Beijing, #China