Do you often think about the origin of certain phenomena, statements, events? A fairly common phrase: "Everything new is a well-forgotten old." Who said it first?
For a long time it was believed that the premiere of this aphorism took place in 1824 on the pages of the memoirs of Rosa Bertin, the dressmaker of Queen Marie Antoinette of France. By the way, the memoirs turned out to be fake - in fact, their author was the lawyer Jacques Pesce. Then it turned out that earlier this phrase in a different interpretation was expressed by Geoffrey Chaucer: "There is no new custom that would not be old." And it happened at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries. When approaching, it turned out that much later, the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius wrote: "Whoever repeats the old and learns the new, he can be the leader."
Whoever is the first to claim that everything innovative is based on the traditional, it is difficult to refuse rationality. So let's look at the style that has conquered interior designers, architects and adherents of interior aesthetics over the past few years. We mean mid-century modern, mid-century modern.
He appeared, for obvious reasons, in America. Why understandable? Europe still lay in ruins, emotionally and physically crushed by the aftermath of World War II. Several generations of European designers and architects ended up in America - some managed to leave their native continent before the war, others moved there after in search of orders. American industry had evolved rapidly during the war, and its specialists were ready to experiment in the field of construction and create innovative furniture.
America was ready for the emergence of a new style technically. European architects and designers - emotionally. The Austrian Richard Neutra, the Swede Greta Grossman, Finn Eero Saarinen, the Americans Rey and Charles Eames who supported them, created a style without style - universal, simple, because the difficult economic situation would not tolerate unjustified decorative excesses, comfortable and warm.
The difficulty in identifying the modernity of the middle of the last century lies precisely in the absence of obvious markers that facilitate its recognition. Nevertheless - "But shouldn't we take a swing at William Shakespeare?" Let's try to set ourselves an ambitious and daring goal to outline the obvious features of modernity of the middle of the last century. We repeat - it is simple, devoid of excessive decor, warm. The interiors of this style welcome open layouts, panoramic windows. The palette is represented by all shades of white and light natural colors. Natural wooden surfaces dominate. Complex lamps, reminiscent more of sculptural objects. Plants. Lots of plants blur the line between interior and exterior. “Everything new is a well-forgotten old”, remember?
Let's see how our designers remembered all the obvious tricks that distinguish mid-century modernism when implementing our new project. We are often asked how to create an interior design project. We don’t think long about the answer: “Know the history of design and hear your customer.” Do you want to be heard? Call and come to the design studio Belik.
The interiors of a fresh project by the design studio Belik are located in a private house with an area of 133.9 square meters. The design of a private house in Kyiv or any other city in Ukraine, in addition to reflecting the habits of its owners, must harmonize with the surrounding landscape, reflect the external design of the house and outdoor lighting of the house.
The inhabitants of the house will be a family consisting of a married couple of 35 and 32 years old, their four-year-old son and a cat. The couple are planning to have another child in the near future.
On weekday evenings, the owners of the house devote themselves to watching movies together, on weekends friends often join them for gatherings - therefore, we put a large, comfortable sofa in the recreation area.
We called the Art Nouveau style of the middle of the last century “warm”. It really is like that - warm in the palette of colors and materials, and warm in the literal sense - due to the presence of fireplaces, nooks for rest and relaxation. We have enriched the lounge area by adding a fireplace to it, under which real logs will be stored.
The floor in the living room is covered with Spanish porcelain stoneware from the Baldocer factory from the Ducale Henna collection, which attracted us with its resistance to mechanical damage and a high degree of wear resistance - which is an actual advantage for a family with small children.
We have already written about the stunning work of the New York designer Lindsey Eidelman - the light sculpture Branching Bubble Chandelier. She continued the tradition of her predecessors, designers of the middle of the last century, creating a complex light form inspired by nature.
This lamp brought Lindsey worldwide fame and outlined all the features of her corporate identity, which will be repeated in future works - weightless biomorphic glass elements contrast with strict clear metal details.
Modernists of the last century were adherents of complex light solutions. In this we support them - our designers do everything so that there is a lot of light, and it is diverse. We install light even on furniture - in this interior, a window for storing dishes also became a lamp thanks to hidden LED lighting.
It is not without reason that Eidelman lamps are called light sculptures - they resemble works of art. They give our customers the opportunity to illuminate the interior and fill it with meaning - this is precisely the mission of art.
The theater begins with a hanger. The kitchen is from the cabinets. Every housewife dreams of spacious cabinets. Therefore, we recommend making a choice in favor of cabinets high under the ceiling to use every centimeter of the area.
The second dream of many women is a kitchen sink with a view. We implemented it by raising the windowsill to the level of the kitchen cabinet.
The Italian factory Lea Ceramiche has created a collection of the finest tiles, only 5.5 millimeters thick. They entered the Slimtech Timeless collection.
The minimum thickness of the tiles allows them to be laid almost without seams, creating a feeling of a homogeneous marble surface.
Remember, at the very beginning, you and I quite successfully tried to indicate the main features of the Art Nouveau of the middle of the 20th century? Let's add one more to our list with you.
We said that the interiors of this style are deliberately devoid of decor. But this does not mean that he was not there at all. A large role in decorating space was played by flowers, objects of art, lighting and furniture. Yes, the furniture, although devoid of additional patterns or patterns, but its shape, a variety of materials, even elegant thin legs make it a decoration. Remembering this, our designers designed a console, the multi -colored drawers of which give her a playful character.
On the floor of the entrance group lies the Spanish porcelain tile of the Baldocer factory of the Urban Gray color collection.
Tiles are frost -resistant and have increased resistance to physical influences - in a word, it has all the qualities necessary for materials used for increased patency.
On weekends, friends often visit our customers, for those who decide to stay at night, we designed a small, 10.5 square meters, bedroom.
Due to the modest size of the room, there is no need to install central ceiling lighting. Therefore, we implemented the light scenario with the help of hidden ceiling LED lighting and bedside lamps.
For the guest bedroom, we picked up a German Haro German parquet in a complex color of tobacco-gray oak.
We wrote that the lamps of the Branching Bubble Chandelier collection Lindsay Eidelman brought her a world -class success and were her most famous work. So it was exactly until the moment when the Agnes collection appeared from her pen.
The AGNES collection has been developed by Eidelman specifically for the New York company Roll & Hill, which specializes in unique light objects that continue the traditions of the designers of the middle of the last century.
The futuristic rays of the lamp look harmonious next to the wall wooden panel, whose pattern repeats the direction of light rays.
The wall opposite to the beds, we also decorated with a wall panel of anthracite with a geometric pattern.
For the floor covering of the guest bathroom, we also offered the Spanish porcelain tile of the Baldocer factory of the colon bone color collection collection.
The walls of the bathroom are also covered by Spanish borderor Baldocer, but we settled on another collection - Arts Prospect.
The entire color palette and a variety of bathroom materials is based on the game of all shades of gray.
A wooden vertical dick looks like wall decor. However, in fact, it is a kind of pen that allows you to open wall boxes for storing hygiene products.
The gender of the second bathroom is also covered by the Eternal Baldocer Porcelain Stage.
You have already noticed that in this interior we practically abandoned the suspended ceiling lamps in favor of hidden linear lighting and built -in lighting.
To light the steps, we chose the lamps of the Pride factory.
The decoration of the stairs was a minimalistic picturesque work performed in black and white.
Of course, when an exciting landscape spreads outside the window, it is difficult to resist the temptation and not let it into the interior. One of the rules of the middle of the last century is the erasure of the line between the inner and external space.
Hidden ceiling lighting emphasizes the textured surface of the wall. We specifically stopped on it, avoiding a smooth surface so that damage and scratches left by children were not visible on the wall.
If we are asked what form has become dominant in this interior. Line! - That will be our answer.
For the children's room, we made an exception by placing Anzazo Bear suspended lamps in it.
The mesh at the end of the balcony plays a dual role - it makes the stairs safer and serves as another platform for outdoor games for the child.
When our clients' plans for a second child come true, they will not have a question where to put another bed - under the balcony there is enough space for a crib and all the furniture necessary for a baby.
Young parents spend a lot of time with their active baby, playing with him. Understanding the importance of movement for a four-year-old who loves outdoor games, regardless of the weather, we organized a small climbing wall for him.
The owners of the house travel a lot, so the dressing room is designed not only for storing clothes and shoes, but also for storing suitcases and bags.
The wide bottom shelves allow you to place a suitcase on them to neatly fold things into it.
The lighting of the dressing room is decided in the same way as the whole house - LED tubes placed under the upper and lower shelves help you quickly find the right thing or a pair of shoes.
Our lives are changing rapidly. The reason for this is not only the experience of the experienced lockdown, but also a change in social roles and places of work. Increasingly, our home is becoming our own office.
More and more of our clients want a dedicated workspace in their apartments and houses. In this project, we also created a working area, complementing it with storage cabinets and a sofa for reading and relaxing.
The two-story space of the house makes it possible to logically divide it into a common area accessible to guests, which is located on the ground floor of the house, and a private area, access to which is possible only for the owners of the house.
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