Polish interior design studio FURORA Studio has a talent for transforming dated apartments in tenements from the 1920s, 30s and 40s into modern, playful and sophisticated homes. For this compact apartment in Krakow, the studio’s founders, architects Diana Żurek and Gutek Girek, drew inspiration from the historic building’s pared-down architecture and eclectic details to design an austere yet characterful interior that harmoniously marries the property’s heritage with modern elements and retro touches.
Centred on an open-plan living area, the 62-square-metre apartment is bright and airy thanks to high ceilings, large windows and a neutral palette of predominant white natural wood hues. The ceiling’s original timber beam construction was preserved, imparting rhythm and symmetry, as well as imbuing the space with a stately nostalgia. Restored parquet flooring also attests to the building’s history and add warmth, while its herringbone pattern enriches the otherwise minimally furnished interiors. The subdued colour palette is elegantly complemented by light blue and chocolate shades in the form of a pair of vintage armchairs, comfy sofa and artwork, with additional furniture pieces and minimalist shelving adding black and brass accents.
Framed in white and black marble and clad in mirror glass panels, the double doors that separate the living area from the bedroom add a sense of mystery and sophistication to the room as well as enhance the sense of spaciousness and create playful light reflections. Just as subtly sophisticated, the bedroom is defined by the light blue painted wall section in lieu of wainscoting and the stadium-shaped rattan headboard which echoes the geometric forms populating the living room – from the hexagonal and round coffee tables, to the circular artwork, to the triangular dining table with rounded corners. Hourglass-shaped bedside tables and spherical lighting elements in both rooms only further reinforce the interior design’s geometric playfulness while adding to the apartment’s retro-modern aesthetic.