Commissioned to convert a compact apartment in a 1970s block of flats in Katowice, Poland, into a modern short-term rental, local interior design studio Mistovia have combined an open-plan layout with an eclectic aesthetic of vintage charm and modernist gusto. A bold composition of vivid colours and textures, complemented with creatively reused antiques, vintage finds and contemporary pieces, make the apartment a joy to stay in as well as help it stand out amid the myriad listed properties vying for your attention on rental websites.
Located on the 11th floor, the 35 square-metre apartment enjoys plenty of daylight and panoramic city views, both of which the designers took full advantage of by converting the original two-room layout into an open-plan living and sleeping area. Doing away with all existing partition walls, they cleverly designed a curved glass-brick enclosure to house the bathroom, a nod to the building’s modernist heritage, and a mirror-clad built-in closet to store all the necessary household equipment required for a rental property. Add in a predominantly light-toned colour palette, and the result is a bright and airy space that feels much more spacious that it really is.
An eclectic palette of contrasting materials serves both aesthetic and functional purposes. Terrazzo tiles delineate the entrance, kitchenette and dining area, while hardwood flooring adds warmth in the sitting and sleeping zone. Exposed concrete walls and stainless-steel surfaces in the kitchenette are juxtaposed with the velvet headboard and plush curtains enveloping the sleeping zone. As vigorous is the choice of colours which combines a muted palette of white, tan and light blue with vibrant accents of bright red, cerulean blue and maroon.
Hemmed in by a tight budget, the designers took it upon themselves to creatively re-use existing furnishings. “Taking inventory of the flat, we found perfectly conserved furniture polished to the point of shining – no doubt remembering the times when the block of flats was constructed”, they explain. “We decided to use them, giving them new, surprising functions – the chest of drawers from the living room has become a kitchen cupboard, a cabinet now frames the television”. An eclectic selection of vintage finds such as the bentwood dining chairs and the refurbished crystal light pendant are mixed with contemporary pieces such as the matt black dining table and stainless-steel kitchen cabinets, further enhancing the sense of modernist nostalgia that underpins Mistovia’s interior design.