project of the month: blue terracotta by rina lovko is all about concrete minimalism

blue terracotta is a completed residential interior design project by ukraine interior designer, rina lovko. situated in the residential complex in the capital city of kyiv, blue terracotta span within a 200sq meter area, and is completed in 2020.

radial walls — the apartment’s feature is laying upon the customized layout of the space, which created specific difficulties, but at the same time, it caused us professional excitement.

the customer dreamed of modern, functional living space. comfortable and with bright accents but at the same time not dry and strict. standard techniques did not work here because of the complex geometry, although the total area is quite large — 207 square meters. that’s why each solution was developed individually.

the layout of the apartment is part of a circle divided into sections. rina lovko and the team combined several sections into a living-dining room-kitchen-hallway.

in the next room, there is a bedroom where you can find two entrances: from the main corridor and the other one from the dining area. another section was used for the dressing room with a make-up area by the window, two terracotta wardrobes, an island chest of drawers, and a case made according to our sketches. part of the walls was replaced with glass partitions with integrated doors to increase the illumination of dark areas. that allows daylight to reach the most remote corners of the apartment. the master’s bathroom also was placed behind such a partition.

based on the principles of minimalism, rina lovko and the team deliberately hid all nonessentials. for example, storage panels and an electric panel were hidden behind the panels at the entrance to the apartment. lovko and the team organized several hidden areas to relieve the main space from upboards and household items, not of prime necessity.

they have also organized additional dressing rooms, a laundry room, and a guest bathroom (even tvs were refused). instead, projectors are used in the apartment, and the bedroom walls and living room serve as screens for projecting images and videos.

the profession of the client also obliged lovko and the team to pay special attention to the kitchen. the big kitchen island was conceived as a place for meeting friends and cooking together. its tabletop is covered with terracotta mutina tiles. in the central kitchen, the team abandoned the upper cabinets, moving the storage place for dishes to the lower units. all cabinet furniture for this object is made according to rina lovko sketches.

the decoration concept is to preserve the exposed concrete of columns and ceiling, which lovko and the team covered with translucent varnish. with them visually corresponds micro cement floor, they wanted to avoid boiling white color. therefore, the walls have a warm beige hue. terracotta kitchen, sky blue dining table, and green bedside table set color accents in space.

the space turned out to be quite cozy, despite the strict forms and a minimum of furnishings.

courtesy of rina lovko | photographed by yevhenii avramenko​​​​​​​

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