And when you’re gone; you stay gone, or you be gone.
If you arc lucky enough to own a weekend pied-a-terre, you can give free rein to your interior design fantasies. At least, this was the way one young couple saw it when they bought their apartment in Poznan, a city in western Poland. The pair is from Poznan originally, but for years they have lived and worked in the capital, Warsaw. Their Warsaw-flat — their home during the week — is rather more conventional.
Frequent travel back and forth between the two cities led the couple to the decision to buy their own place in their hometown. For their weekend crash pad, they wanted to create an environment that would be interesting and slightly quirky, but still nice and comfortable to live in. The place also needed to be their shelter from busy life in Poland s capital city.
They turned to architects Rosaly and Susan with their budget and wishlist. These two young designers had had Piet Mondrians composition of red, yellow and blue on their minds for a while before they met the owners of this apartment. Happily, the young couple was as enthusiastic about the theme as they were, readily accepting the idea to decorate the interior of the apartment with a motif of geometric abstraction in these three colours.
The result is a striking, unusual space, with contrasting tones and graphic motifs in every corner, even in the form of the chairs on the wall. These chairs are essentially decorative items, but they have proved useful, too — they can be taken off the wall and used when the homeowners have guests over. The motif from Mondrian’s painting occurs not only in colours, but also resounds in the furniture, shell line and pillars and is even in the character of the sentences printed on the walls. This wallpaper was Rosaly and Susan’s idea, but the owners came up with the sentences, which arc a mix of Quentin Tarantino and Marilyn Monroe quotes.
Located in a pre-war house, this Polish apartment is simple but colourful, full of surprising decorative solutions and ideas, and with a city soul. These come through in industrial elements; evident in the use of steel and the touches of black and grey throughout. The detailing — in the form of painted red pipes, yellow door handles and neon signs — adds to the home’s urban ambience.
In the kitchen and bathroom, the designers used the floor tiles to inscribe messages. The one in the kitchen reads “kitchen 16 m2”. In the bathroom, the mosaic tile inscription is “50%”, a figure that sits on both sides of a red line, which splits the space into two identically sized areas. A sink sits on cither side of the line. In one sense, the line and the words divide the space, but in another, it sends a different message — one that’s confirmed by the bathroom door, where a male and a female figure hold hands. The message? The owners are joined together — and this is their personal, private playground.