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Sunday
Jul312016

Pink Room by Circle Line

I absolutely love everything about this 60 m2 bar in Kiev, Ukraine called Pink Room designed by Circle Line Interiors. From the colour scheme and the glamorous vibe to how it operates. Bar is situated in a historic part of building of old cinema “Kiev” in the centre of the city. Owners of the place wanted to create something that differs from the rest of speakeasy bars which already exist in the city. It was supposed to become the secret place for all cool underground music lovers, for those who appreciate art of cocktail culture, of silent cinema performances and for those who appreciate french style of the beginning of 20th century. Pink room is placed at an old stairway of the cinema, which was closed for the last 10 years. The entrance is behind the replica of Jules Chéret's poster "Exposition universelle de 1889 : Le pays des fées". Instead of Paris our designers painted Kiev's historic Sofia square. To enter speakeasy one has to know secret code on a door, which can be obtained only from the owner of Pink Room. The overall size of the place is 60 square meters.  

Above the exit neon sign “Shhh…” reminds guests of Pink Room's secrets that they should keep to themselves after leaving it.

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Tuesday
Dec082015

A penthouse in Kiev

I have never been a fan of condominiums/high-rise apartments. They remind me too much of an office building (where I have worked the past 15 years) and seem so non-homey. This Kiev, Ukraine loft penthouse however, would have me totally converted. This is one of the most considered homes I have ever seen. Every square inch seems to have been carefully thought out, beautifully designed and perfectly executed. I even appreciate the open concept closet. My almost all-black wardrobe would be quite a statement there. Designed by Olga Akulova

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Tuesday
Aug112015

Odessa odyssey

Let's take a little trip. To Ukraine, a country with a vibrant design scene that we seem to have overlooked. How remiss of us. To make amends I present this amazing 180 sqm apartment in the city of Odessa by Kiev-based architectural firm 2B.GROUP. One bedroom with a walk-in-wardrobe to die for and a bathroom I'd be "lucky" to own. Love the panelling on the bedroom wall which, if you look carefully, is electrical wiring. Love the bookcase wall, the concrete, the exposed brick, the change in levels and materials to define rooms, the luxury in this small space living.

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Monday
Oct272014

Mooseberry design group

Nika Los of Ukraine-based interior and product design firm Mooseberry design group emailed the other day. They have designed some really fun small apartments and while I am getting a computer-generated vibe, this one caught my eye and I had to share. The pastel colour palette is not usually my thing but with the white floors it is very bright and cheerful while being a bit subtle. Add a red Smeg fridge for some oomph and you've got a good thing going here. 

(Sorry - hoping pets on furniture will be back next week. Send photos to desiretoinspirekim[at]hotmail[dot]com)

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Wednesday
Jan082014

City cool

A 21st century apartment in a 19th century house in Kiev, Ukraine. A sleek contemporary space pieced together carefully within a rough brick shell. Subtle changes in floor heights lead you from living room and kitchen to the dining room or up a few a few stairs to the bedroom and bath. A cool urban pad by Olga Akulov DESIGN.

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