When it comes to combining different styles and periods in interior design projects, it takes a certain talent to ensure that the result doesn’t feel dated or garish. In their interior projects, Polish designers Diana Żurek and Bartosz Girek from Furora Studio exemplify how bold eclecticism and minimalist sophistication aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. Case in point: For this compact apartment in Krakow, they have harmoniously mixed a postmodernist aesthetic of playful patterns and colours with Bauhaus, mid-century Danish and Japan-inspired elements. Sparsely furnished with contemporary, vintage and bespoke pieces, the result is a characterful, elegant residence that doesn’t go unnoticed.
The apartment has been reconfigured to increase openness and spaciousness, with an enlarged, open-plan living area at its very heart. White surfaces, combined with walnut veneer wainscoting and polished concrete flooring, constitute a subdued backdrop upon which the designers have introduced bold geometric patterns and shapes through both select furniture pieces by contemporary Polish brands and artworks, as well as vibrant splashes of Klein blue, courtesy of the kitchen cabinetry. Chrome-plated cabinets and a bespoke glass and marble coffee table further animate the space while Marcel Breuer’s Wassily armchairs echo the overall design’s modernist sensibility.
In the bedroom, light beige-painted walls are complemented by a wardrobe inspired by Japanese shoji screens and a mint fabric headboard, while black and white marble wainscoting subtly jazzes up the otherwise subdued interior. In the bathroom, light blue tones predominate with circular motifs and marble surfaces adding playful touches and earthy tones, respectively.
The property also features a studio space with its own entrance, which centres on a glass-topped table whose green tint playfully reflects the abundant daylight coming in. Just as eclectically designed as the rest of the apartment, the room features three hanging lanterns that inject a taste of Japan, minimalist shelving that adds red accents and a vintage walnut chiffonier boldly paired with a gleaming metallic sideboard.