Constant Motion by Alex Bykov
Ukrainian architect Alex Bykov has renovated an apartment for a young creative couple in Kiev. From the architect, “Usually they say that the successful interior is a beneficial combination of environmentally friendly contemporary decorative materials, design furniture, sanitary equipment and home appliances … Nevertheless, the interior of an apartment located in the heart of Kiev’s historical district has a much more valuable treasure – an idea…
A young creative couple had been looking for an architect, when their designer friend recommended them Alex Bykov. The couple was preparing for a wedding and decided to spend their honeymoon in an atmosphere of the renewed apartment. After a fruitful discussion of suggestions and proposals the concept of “constant motion” was born. Furthermore the concept became the main vector of planning design and stylistic solutions of the interior.
The concept of movement appears through the spacial design areas such as the bedroom, the lounge, the library and the bathroom are located surrounding the kitchen, the historical symbol of the “family’s heart”. So you can move from one room to another in an uninterrupted circle, since the spaces flows smoothly into each other.
The windows face to the South-East side ,which is why the living room and the bedroom are filled with an early morning’s golden shine. The interior has a cozy warm coloring due to the pastel brick walls, the natural texture of wood and soft furniture. During the process of dismantling it was discovered that the doorways had previously been blocked . Alex decided to shift the doorways by using the original bricks with an authentic early 20th centry mark. The brick was bought from junkman and carefully laid into the living room wall.
The built-in library – a primary wish of the couple, was designed to house the family library. The library has a podium, which was designed to provide more space for storage. It was decided to make two types of shelves for the library; thus this flexible solution gives an opportunity to change the geometric pattern of shelves in the future. Alex also designed all the furniture and prepared individual work drawings. The woodwork was made from low cost materials.
Artificial lighting is dim, warm and comfortable. Decorative lamps are by Ukrainian designers Anna Popovych and Vasyliy Butenko; the ceiling lamp, which were presented to the newly weds by close friends as a wedding gift, are by ‘Artemide’.
Wrought-iron products also bespoke immediately grab attention: the legs for the coffee and dining tables, a mirror in the bedroom, a sleeve for the hood and a window.”