October 19, 2019

Balbek Bureau Designs a Perfect Habitat for a Young Kyiv Businesswoman

The dining area features a Vincent Van Duysen table by B&B Italia with chairs by Knoll. Photography by Yevhenii Avramenko/Andrey Bezuglov.

The Ukraine-based firm Balbek Bureau has designed hospitality, office, and residential spaces from Qingdao to London to San Francisco, but when a young businesswoman in its home city of Kyiv asked them to turn her 1,600-square-foot apartment into a home, the project was a little more personal.

“She inspired us to design a perfect habitat that’s synergetic with her lifestyle,” says senior interior designer Yevheniia Dubrovskaya. A kitchen includes a marble-topped freestanding island and cabinets in contrasting dark and pastel tones, ready for culinary entertaining. While panoramic views from the 29th floor offer drama, a reading nook in a bay window allows for more contemplative moments.

A hood by Falmec hangs above custom cabinets and floor tiles by Mutina. Photography by Yevhenii Avramenko/Andrey Bezuglov.

The owner’s favorite details are the bathroom’s light-blue wall panels and marble flooring, but Dubrovskaya favors something brighter. “The client had been hesitating for quite a long time whether to choose such a bold color as salmon for the ceiling in the guest bathroom,” she says. “I suggested myriad other, more reserved options, but she decided to return to the original design.” That’s what synergy looks like.

In the living room, a Molteni & C sofa, custom Stalkon coffee table, and custom armchair gather near the Planika fireplace. Photography by Yevhenii Avramenko/Andrey Bezuglov.
Graphic floor tiles by Vives and wall tiles by Adex mix in the guest bathroom, with a Kerasan console washbasin and fixtures by Nicolazzi. Photography by Yevhenii Avramenko/Andrey Bezuglov.
The master bedroom features a bed by Flou, a Maxalto armchair, and a custom beside table topped with Volakas marble and an Oluce lamp. Photography by Yevhenii Avramenko/Andrey Bezuglov.
Lighting from Lambert & Fils hangs near a custom closet in the hallway. Photography by Yevhenii Avramenko/Andrey Bezuglov.

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