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June 25, 2020
Text: Meghan Edwards
Alexandrine Lukach’s Kiev Apartment Redo is a Therapeutic Study in Contrasts
Rethinking the Soviet industrial legacy might be considered lofty goals for an apartment interior. Yet Alexandrine Lukach of Intemporary Design Studio calls the work of the 42 Ukrainian artists and designers that outfit this Kiev apartment “psychotherapeutic.” Many of the featured designers upcycle industrial objects—especially Lukach’s favorites like Tasha Oro, Alla Zhmaylo, and Olesia Dvorak-Galik—and all display craftsmanship rooted in Ukrainian materials and techniques.
Further similarities are more subtle. Lukach fluently mixes different epochs and styles across the 3,100-square-foot apartment, trending towards bold and bright accents that lend a younger, contemporary feel to the classical 1936 apartment, home to an art collector and family. Lukach drew from her extensive experience working with local craftspeople to redesign the three-bedroom apartment in just two and a half months, incorporating 196 new-wave Ukrainian objects. That’s far less time than it took to abolish Stalinism. The results are complexly layered, yet seamless.