More recently, we have been thinking about when such a phenomenon as “interior design” arose. It is clear that the interiors have always existed, from the very moment when the ancient man climbed into the cave to hide from the storm. The spontaneous interior design came about when the man's wife hung up the skin of a mammoth he had killed to protect them from rain and wind. It is possible that she was also driven by the desire to decorate the gloomy walls of the cave with at least something.
And yet, when did interior design turn from an intuitive activity into a systematic approach and one of the design trends?
In ancient times, interior designers were builders. Then, architects stood out from them and they began to develop a view of the internal space of buildings. This tradition is typical for Ancient China, India, Egypt, Greece and Rome.
In the 17th century, architects continued to deal with interiors, however, part of the function of the developers fell on the shoulders of the owners of houses, who, relying on their taste preferences and financial capabilities, hired manufacturers of fabrics, furniture, and wallpaper to create a harmonious interior. Since they had no special education and skills, the interiors were slightly eclectic.
It seems to us that the first breakthrough in the understanding of what interior design is came at the end of the 19th century in Great Britain with the emergence of the Arts and Crafts movement. The interiors of that period captivate with the unity of style that unites the entire space of the house - from dishes to wallpaper.
One of the most famous wall covering artists was the painter William Morris. Fabrics and wallpapers based on his sketches are still produced by a company named after him.
The traditions of the British were supported in Europe, where at the beginning of the 20th century the Art Nouveau or Art Deco style appeared. Architects continued to work on the interiors, but the rapid development of production led to the expansion of their capabilities. She began to use ceramic tiles, stained-glass windows, and forging more actively.
The final point in the formation of the profession of interior designer was put, as it seems to us, by the Americans. It was they who stood out in a separate caste, calling themselves "decorators".
One of the most famous decorators and one of the first businesswomen of the country was Dorothy Draper, who is also called the first decorator in the history of design. She began by renovating her home by getting married. Updated so that friends and neighbors began to contact her. Then, she resolutely refused orders for the design of private interiors, preferring commercial ones - hotels, clubs and restaurants, quite rationally calculating that the more people visit her interiors, the more orders she will receive.
We admire her projects, however, we continue to work with private spaces - we are excited by the very idea that we will give another modern apartment design to another family, although our portfolio also includes commercial objects. Here you can order the design of a cafe, salon, restaurant, apartment or house.
Our next 70.6 square meter project is for a family of three - a 35 year old couple and their 14 year old daughter. Together they play board games, prefer puzzles and watch movies. For general entertainment, we have designed a space that combines the kitchen, living room and dining room.
For the space of the living room-kitchen-dining room with an area of 22.5 square meters, we proposed Italian porcelain stoneware from the Ragno Ceramica factory of the Ragno Woodpassion collection in beige color.
The name of the collection Woodpassion ("passion for wood") directly speaks of the factory's admiration for this natural material. Italian porcelain tile very accurately reproduces all the features of the wooden texture and its color scheme. The collection includes five different shades of wood.
For lighting the sofa, in addition to ceiling lighting, the MD floor lamp from the FL Anzazo factory is responsible.
The bar counter is illuminated by three Jasqueline pendant lamps, and to illuminate the working area of the kitchen, we chose Nowodvorski overhead spotlights.
For the kitchen backsplash, we chose an artificial stone imitating marble. Its texture contrasts with the natural pattern of furniture fronts, creating an effective play of patterns.
We created all wooden interior elements with the help of the products of the Austrian company Egger, which has been producing wood products for interiors and exteriors for 60 years. The wooden components of the Austrian manufacturer add a touch of tradition to the design of the kitchen.
For the entrance group, porcelain stoneware from the Czech factory Lasselsberger-Rako from the Extra collection was proposed, imitating the texture of concrete.
We transformed the 11.9 square meter corridor into the most functional space, placing all the necessary objects in it.
To the right of the front door is a spacious closet with a built-in pouffe, open and closed shelves.
To the left is a large floor mirror. We illuminated it from below, turning the mirror from an ordinary functional element into a spectacular decoration.
Our designers know from our previous projects that the wardrobe at the entrance to the apartment is an important element, which should have open hooks for wet clothes, shelves for shoes that they just came from the street, drawers for keys, gloves and scarves. We create each of the wardrobes for our projects ourselves, making them functional and beautiful.
Identical bed lighting on both sides is a traditional trick that works well in classic interiors. For customers who are ready to experiment, we offer to "play" with the light by choosing different types of fixtures.
In this interior, we placed a Lilly table lamp from the Nordlux factory on one side of the bed. And the other side is illuminated by a Floodlight pendant lamp from Anzazo.
For many years we believed that the phrase "Happy hours do not watch" belonged to Sophia, the heroine of Alexander Sergeevich Griboedov's play "Woe from Wit". In fact, it is. But, most likely, he was inspired to create it by Johann Schiller, who twenty years earlier in his drama "Piccolomini" wrote: "The clock does not strike a happy one."
On the area of 3.8 square meters of the bathroom, we placed, in addition to traditional plumbing, a block of washing and drying machines, which is closely adjacent to the washbasin built into the hanging pedestal.
For the full bathroom, Pamesa Atrium Viggo Spanish porcelain stoneware from the Pamesa Atrium factory was chosen, skillfully imitating the structure of wood.
For the walls, we offered tiles of the Ukrainian factory Cersanit of the GPTU collection in gray.
Large-format tiles, its dimensions are 593 by 593 millimeters, create the effect necessary for small rooms, making them visually larger.
In order to achieve the same goal - visual increase in space, we offered our customers to install concealed doors. They do not crush the surface of the wall with unnecessary details and make it easier to clean the room.
We all love dogwood for its pleasant slightly sour taste and we recognize it by its characteristic oblong berries of rich scarlet color. Actually, the name is translated from the Turkic - "red". We don't know why, but the color we chose for the apartment owners' daughter's room is called "pale dogwood".
We have selected fabric decor in the desired color, which is supported by Tikkurila wall paint.
To decorate the workplace, our designers have created a wall panel that also plays a functional role. On the magnetic circle, the girl will hang her works - she has been passionate about drawing from an early age.
To illuminate the girl's workplace, it was decided to install a white lamp of a neutral design, whose name fully reflects its function - Job.
We have already talked about the benefits of flush-mounted plumbing more than once. Let's add one more - aesthetic. It makes the room more solid without unnecessary details, and the upper space can be used to store detergents.
We made the most of the loggia space of 5.9 square meters. On the one hand, we have organized a cozy nest where it is pleasant to spend evenings with a book or a glass of wine in hand, which is convenient to pass through the window in the kitchen. The podium has a secret - steps in which drawers for various small things are hidden.
On the other side of the loggia, we placed a sports horizontal bar for the head of the family, who likes to spend the morning playing sports.
The main advantage of the current layout is that we have maximized the usable space of the apartment by reducing the size of the corridor to 11.9 square meters, placing two spacious wardrobes in it.
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