Kate Taylor, a founder of Kadygrob & Taylor Art Projects, an art-consultant
Quantity of rooms: 2
Metric area: 76 m²
Ceiling height: 2.5 m
Floor quantity: 14
It was two years ago when Kate purchased her newly-constructed two-space apartment and got down to its re-preparing. For a start, she had all the room dividers torn down and added a balcony and corridors to the living space. As a result, appeared an open space including an entrance hall, a bedroom and a kitchenette. Standing aside are a stroll-in closet and a bathroom – they’re concealed behind glass doors.
The interior design and style was worked out by Kate, who drew inspiration from contemporary European hotels – minimalist, with no unnecessary details and conformist. The hostess planned to move in an empty flat and steadily fill it with vintage furnishings and décor stuff brought from travels.
Refurbishment took half a year. Walls had been painted neutral grey, floor was laid with deal board. A bar was also produced from pinewood and placed by the window, which affords a fine city view. A minimalist kitchen set was custom-created. Given that Kate wanted the furnishings to be inconspicuous and merge into the background, she picked up grey color once more.
The rest of the furnishings things are antique some of them are over 100 years old. For instance, a mirror with original thin glass of 1910s was located by Kate in the World wide web. A junkman was ready to sell it for a mere song due to poor situation. Kate had the mirror restored and painted grey.
A dining table arrived from a country Church of the Holy Trinity, where it was used for storing offerings. Also from there comes a chair with angels carved on its back. A single far more chair, a massive one particular, created from ash and pine wood, is a designer piece by Yaroslava Popova. The rest of the chairs are emigrants from Kate’s earlier dwelling.
Dishes hanging more than a bar are samples of Nikita Kadan’s (an artist from Kiev) series “Treatment Room”. A table attributes recipe books and a Soviet matchbox with fire trucks, a gift of Kate’s grandfather.
With time the owner plans to replace the sofa upholstery with a grey one. A wall behind the sofa remains pure on goal – throughout house parties and film shows it serves as a projector screen. A coffee table was produced of construction pallets. As well as the majority of other factors in this flat, it has a history: pallets employed to serve as a DJ control desk for Masha Shubina at Lost&Found exhibition. A forged vase arrived from a Columbian restaurant Andres Carne de Res, Bogota.
An Electra bike is waiting for warm season in the lounge. A wicker basket is filled with the hostess’ collection of matchboxes. A monkey on a metical, the national currency of Mozambique, is a operate of an artist Ilya Chichkan.
At 1st Kate believed that a mossy yellow and green chest of drawers would ruin the monochrome color gamut of the lodging, but with time it proved to be a good diluting addition to the grey surroundings. A townscape along the wall was painted by Julia Tveritina. A “French Kiss” image by Nikolai Belous, featuring an engagement of a French soldier with his girlfriend, is a gift of a popular art gallery owner. A Leica camera by 1936 was dug out on a flea market place in Berlin. Anglomania book was located among the range of Pure store during Kyiv Fashion Days. Adorning an entrance door is a function by Kiev artist Lesia Khomenko.
There is no chandelier in the bedroom the only supply of artificial light is a bedside lamp from Poland. A chest of 1950s for storing CDs was provided by friends. Initially brilliant orange, it was then smoothed and varnished. The hostess’ portrait was painted by Irena Fedder, a German-Ukrainian artist. A woven carpet strip is an heirloom travelling with Kate from a single apartment to another.
A bathroom is isolated from the rest of the space with a glass partition, which can be curtained with double-faced flax and sackcloth blinds. This was carried out with an thought of taking baths in the candlelight and enjoying the city view.