June 7, 2019

Mono Architects’ Minimalist Kiev Apartment Is Anything But Boring

The dining area offers a sculpted dining table by Miniforms, with Banaldo chairs and a Dmitry Kozinenko chandelier. Photography by Andrey Avdeenko.

Everyday life seems more complicated, but that doesn’t mean one’s home should be. Ukraine’s Mono Architects distilled domesticity to its essence in a Kiev apartment, which Founder and Chief Architect Victoria Oskilkok describes as “calm, monochrome, and minimalistic, which is the signature of our bureau.”

A marble wall defines the living space, with a leather couch by Poliform. Photography by Andrey Avdeenko.

Its 1,900 square feet is divided into two areas: a “day zone” with living and dining spaces in rich neutral tones and a kitchen outfitted with custom storage to keep everything out of sight but within reach. A “night zone” comprises two bedrooms and bathrooms, including a kid’s bedroom with a built-in mezzanine above a play space, all jazzed up in a charming blue-green that’s the brightest spot in the place.

Ceramic tiles by Marazzin elegantly finish the kitchen. Photography by Andrey Avdeenko.

The restrained palette incorporates clever solutions throughout, such as bathrooms that integrate stainless-steel accessories the team tailor-made for the residents. The team also had to contend with installation of all the latest smart-home gadgets. “Bringing it all up into a harmonized space was our biggest challenge,” Oskilkok says. But then, complexity is the new normal.

A chair and coffee table by Roche Bobois furnish a reading area in the bedroom. Photography by Andrey Avdeenko.
The master bath is a study in monochrome, with a Flaminia sink, shower and faucets by Linki, and a GSI Sand toilet with a Smeraldo bidet. Photography by Andrey Avdeenko.
The kid’s bedroom features bold color, with a bright sofa by Interia and walls to match. Photography by Andrey Avdeenko.

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