Designer Valentin Dorofeev considers his client a co-author of the project: the key elements of the interior were indicated in the brief.

View from the sofa to the dining area. Chandelier, Ochre; table, Cattelan Italia; chairs, Carl Hansen; vase, Normann Copenhagen; armchair, Roche Bobois; sofa, Ditre; book on the chair, Assouline; switches, Buster&Punch; carpet, Gan Rugs; parquet, L’gart (Ukraine).Photo: Andrey Bezuglov

Customer Valentina Dorofeeva bought two almost identical apartments in a prestigious Kiev new building in order to combine them into one. The most difficult thing was to organize a passage from one apartment to another, from a public part to a private one: we had to cut an opening in the load-bearing wall in compliance with and coordination of all norms. The opening was reinforced with a metal frame, which they decided not to mask, but to leave in plain sight as a design element responsible for the brutal component of the interior. 

Квартира в Киеве, 187 м²

Sofa area. Armchair, Roche Bobois; sofa, Ditre; stump table, Poliform; floor lamp, Bert Frank; aged mirrors behind the sofa, Nordwood; carpet, Gan Rugs; book on the sofa, Assouline; flowerpot, House Doctor.

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To the harsh metal “platband” were added the same defiantly rough linings on the skirting board, kitchen facades with inserts of metal mesh, bar stools of the Italian factory Riva 1920 with an iron footrest and an old workbench as a bar table. The customer indicated most of these elements in the brief (the workbench occupied the honorable second place in the list), they were part of the concept that she had thought out long before the start of the repair, so Valentin Dorofeev believes that the project was developed and implemented in collaboration with his client. 

Квартира в Киеве, 187 м²

View from the sofa to the dining area. Chandelier, Ochre; table, Cattelan Italia; chairs, Carl Hansen; vase, Normann Copenhagen; armchair, Roche Bobois; sofa, Ditre; book on the chair, Assouline; switches, Buster & Punch; carpet, Gan Rugs; parquet, L’gart (Ukraine).

Photo: Andrey Bezuglov

Квартира в Киеве, 187 м²

Dining area. Chandelier, Ochre; table, Cattelan Italia; chairs, Carl Hansen; carpet, Gan Rugs; parquet, L’gart (Ukraine); vase, Normann Copenhagen.

Photo: Andrey Bezuglov

Квартира в Киеве, 187 м²

Dining area. Chandelier, Ochre; table, Cattelan Italia; chairs, Carl Hansen; carpet, Gan Rugs; parquet, L’gart (Ukraine); vase, Normann Copenhagen.

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The interior, according to him, turned out to be on the verge of brutality and elegance. The common area is divided into parts by load-bearing columns left without finishing. Between the columns there are areas of the kitchen, dining room and bar. The marble countertop stretches from the kitchen along the outer wall with windows for more than six meters, you can cook and admire the view on any part of it. According to the author of the project, the view is magical, the panorama of Kiev, flooded with the setting sun, is especially good. 

Квартира в Киеве, 187 м²

Kitchen area and bar. As a bar table, an old workbench from the Netherlands; bar stools, Carl Hansen; kitchen, Nordwood; chairs by the island, Riva 1921.

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Квартира в Киеве, 187 м²

Kitchen area. Kitchen, Nordwood; marble countertop, Eight Stones; mixer, Grohe; island chairs, Riva 1921.

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Among the rooms that he particularly likes are a chamber bedroom with curtains that automatically open when an alarm clock rings in the phone (a condition from the brief), a dining area with an Ochre balancer chandelier and, of course, the focal point of the entire interior is a bar with a workbench table that has preserved the memory of its century-old history under the varnish of restoration.

Квартира в Киеве, 187 м²

The bar area. As a bar table, an old workbench from the Netherlands; bar stools, Carl Hansen; kitchen, Nordwood; island chairs, Riva 1921; mixer, Dornbracht; partition with hand-molded glass.

Photo: Andrey Bezuglov

Квартира в Киеве, 187 м²

Kitchen area. Kitchen, Nordwood; marble countertop, Eight Stones; mixer, Grohe.

Photo: Andrey Bezuglov

This project gave Valentin Dorofeev the opportunity to implement non-standard solutions that not every customer will agree to. For example, the travertine bathroom, which was inspired by his favorite hotel Das Stue in Berlin. “The travertine lobby of the hotel is a work of art!”

Квартира в Киеве, 187 м²

The bar area. As a bar table, an old workbench from the Netherlands; bar stools, Carl Hansen; kitchen, Nordwood; island chairs, Riva 1921; mixer, Dornbracht; parquet, L’gart (Ukraine).

Photo: Andrey Bezuglov

Квартира в Киеве, 187 м²

View from the hallway to the bar area. Bench, Buro150 (Ukraine).

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Квартира в Киеве, 187 м²

“Vinyl Zone”. Chest of drawers, Nordwood; sofa, Ditre; stump table, Poliform; sconce, Astro; console, Kristalia.

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A separate pride of the designer is the timing in which this big project was completed. “Despite the quarantine restrictions, we met six months,” says Valentin. — And even managed to complete the apartment with decor!”

Квартира в Киеве, 187 м²

Master bedroom. Bed, B&B Italia; lamps, Brokis; tables, Cassina; panels, Nordwood; switches, Buster & Punch; bed linen, HomeMe.

Photo: Andrey Bezuglov

Квартира в Киеве, 187 м²

Master bathroom. Plumbing, Bongio; walls, floor and sink are made of natural travertine, Eight Stones.

Photo: Andrey Bezuglov

Квартира в Киеве, 187 м²

Master bathroom. Plumbing, Bongio; toilet, Villeroy & Boch; built-in furniture, Nordwood; walls, floor and sink are made of natural travertine, Eight Stones; rug, Ferm Living; candle, Diptyque; vase, Menu.

Photo: Andrey Bezuglov

Квартира в Киеве, 187 м²

Master bathroom. Plumbing, Bongio; walls, floor and sink are made of natural travertine, Eight Stones.

Photo: Andrey Bezuglov

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