March 18, 2021

Maya Baklan Transforms Kyiv Apartment into Renter’s Haven

Rental apartments present designers with an interesting task in creating homes for people they have yet to meet. Maya Baklan, founder of her namesake Kyiv-based firm, took on such a project in the hopes of attracting design-driven tenants in a new upscale residential condo. Details throughout, such as a herringbone flooring pattern in two shades, reflect her studio’s ethos of combining stylish and cozy elements to create timeless design.

Scandinavian lighting fixtures float above the dining table. Photography by Yevhenii Avramenko.

Anchored by the granite-top dining table, the circular kitchen design facilitates socialization.  To create an open environment, Baklan even hid the kitchen sink within a system of pocket-door cupboards on one side of the zone’s perimeter and situated the stovetop with a built-in extractor hood on the other. Baklan also took a minimalist approach in the variety of materials used throughout to “make the space look even more holistic and voluminous.”

The kitchen sink is built into the embedded Leicht cabinets. Photography by Yevhenii Avramenko.

Hues of greens and a playful rug by Jaime Hayon for Nanimarquina enliven the living room. Photography by Yevhenii Avramenko.
I’m a big fan of the constructivism era and mid-century style,” Baklan notes in reference to the wooden dividers in the master bedroom’s closet. Photography by Yevhenii Avramenko.
A vintage mirror hangs next to a New Works sconce in the bathroom. Photography by Yevhenii Avramenko.
Oak parquet and black ceramic tiles feature herringbone pattern in different scales. Photography by Yevhenii Avramenko.

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