The art of stained glass is based on the ability to create glass. The word itself comes from the Latin vitrum - glass. The first mention of attempts to transfer the mosaic from the horizontal surfaces of the floor to the vertical walls and create it not from stone, but from glass, dates back to the end of the 1st century BC. They were described by Pliny in his treatises. The next, apparently, were the Byzantines. However, due to the fragility of the material and the long history of war and destruction, these stained glass windows have not been preserved.
The very first fragment of a stained-glass window depicting the head of Christ is considered to have come down to us. It was found in Weissembourg Abbey in Alsace, Germany. Its history began in 540 AD. The best preserved stained glass window is in St. Paul's Monastery in England. It was created in 686 AD.
According to the description of the places where the most ancient stained-glass windows are located, it is already clear what they were used for. In sacred interiors, which include the spaces of basilicas, churches, monasteries, stained glass played a decorative, functional and emotional role. Rays of light, passing through colored translucent glass, created an elevated mood among those who came to the temple. Times changed, stained-glass windows appeared not only in sacred architectural objects, but also in residential spaces, but their main task - to create a festive mood, remained.
The first secular stained-glass windows date back to the Renaissance period. They depicted coats of arms or portraits of the owners of the house. Then, for some time, feelings for stained glass cooled and flared up again with the development of industry in Great Britain, France and America. Stained-glass windows decorated not only interiors, but also furniture. They decorated the spaces of residential buildings, public buildings, cruise ships. Stained glass has become a symbol of luxury.
This attitude towards stained glass has survived to this day. Colored glass, laid out in a skillful pattern, illuminated from the inside, creates an atmosphere of luxury and celebration. Eternal holiday. This was the aim of the owners of the apartment where our new project is located - a space of 84.8 square meters in the Italian Quarter residential complex.
The owners of the apartment are a young couple who have everything ahead - both the wedding and the children they are already thinking about. In the meantime, they enjoy life and the name of the residential complex in which their apartment is located is reflected in their lifestyle, inherent in all Italians - dolce vita.
Above the dining table, we placed the LED Bubbles Clear pendant lamp, which is made of glass bubbles. Apparently, this is how our designers imagine bubbles rising from the bottom of a glass of champagne.
For the flooring of the living room, we chose Onyx Rainbow porcelain stoneware from the Indian factory Stonex Tiles.
We offered to sheathe the kitchen apron with natural marble slabs brought from Italy.
Our customers are quite active people. Their passion for movement and active sports was expressed by the designers of the Belik studio in a wall panel that adorned the main wall of the living room.
Along the working area of the kitchen, we placed a ceiling stained-glass window that illuminates it and decorates the space of the kitchen and dining room, creating a festive mood, especially noticeable when all other sources of lighting are extinguished.
Probably, you often paid attention to the spectacular ceilings in the interiors of the Renaissance, Baroque or Classicism. They consist of rectangular or square cells that seem to be depressed, which are called caissons. The most famous coffered ceiling is, of course, the Roman Pantheon, whose dome diameter is 43.2 meters.
Now caissons are needed not so much to decorate the vault, but to place built-in or pendant lamps in them. In this interior, we installed Searchlight spotlights in them.
Above the banquette we placed two Cave Smoky symmetrical sconces in gold finish.
Interestingly, the origin of the phrase "The devil is in the details" is in the expression "God is in the details", the author of which is considered by many to be the German architect Mies van der Rohe. It is up to you to decide who is still hiding in the details, and our designers do not bypass any element of the interior with their attention.
Chevron parquet or hugarian parquet. Unfamiliar names? And the French tree? Closer, isn't it.
The method of installing wooden parquet blocks of the same size at an angle of 35, 45 or 60 degrees to each other is called the French Christmas tree.
To implement the pattern, we used the French parquet L’Gart Parquet from the Charlotte collection.
Although you can’t call it 100% French, the factory uses absolutely environmentally friendly Italian oil and wax produced by Barma for the finishing coat.
Lighting and mood in the bathroom are created by built-in lamps of the Aret model from the European factory Kanlux.
We created a spectacular wall above the bathtub with the help of Indian porcelain tiles from the Marsiella collection in brown.
To enhance the play and brilliance of marble surfaces, LED strips were installed in the ceiling moldings around the perimeter of the bathroom.
We have already told you that the couple is only planning a wedding and a future child. However, they plan thoroughly - we have created a detailed interior of the children's room that will suit a child of any gender and will change as he or she grows up.
We are absolutely sure that the future owner of this room will be happy with the Anzazo Bear lamp, as it is with the rest of the kids and our designers, who turn into children designing rooms for little customers.
The designers of the Belik studio placed in the nursery all the functional areas for the development of the baby - rest, play, work. Also in the room there is a complete storage system for clothes, books and toys.
Of course, the main occupation of the child is the game. It is to her that the lamp that we placed above the sofa calls.
For the flooring of the guest bathroom, we also chose Walnut porcelain stoneware of Indian origin, which embodies natural onyx imitating walnut wood.
In the interior of the bathroom, we have allocated a special place for the Czech Brilly Bronze Wave glass blocks, which create both a functional partition and an impressive decorative effect.
For the walls of the bathroom, we offered porcelain tiles from the Spanish factory Azteca of the Calacatta collection, imitating natural golden Italian marble.
Every corner of the space must work! To do this, our designers carefully study all the possibilities of rooms, placing in them as many functional niches as possible.
We offer our customers to opt for concealed installation sanitary ware in order to use the upper space for niches and cabinets for storing detergents.
A separate office in an apartment is no longer a luxury, but a reality of our life. We used an area of 3.6 square meters to create a separate work area.
The space turned out to be enough to fit a work desk with a comfortable chair, hanging shelves and a sofa for relaxing.
The sitting area of the office was decorated with Accent sconces from the Imperium Light factory.
The furniture for the dressing room, designed individually by our designers for this project, was realized using the material of the Tyrolean company Egger, known for the quality of the wood produced.
In the center of the dressing room ceiling, we placed the Eglo surface-mounted ceiling lamp, which creates a stable warm light.
The owner of the apartment collects shoes, for which we have designed convenient shelves with hidden LED lighting.
Open balconies, loggias and terraces require a more careful selection of materials, which should take into account the long-term exposure to the external environment.
The Ukrainian manufacturer Tardex was responsible for the flooring of the terrace, whose Classic collection in wenge color we offered for this space.
We have done everything to create a feeling of country life on the terrace. To do this, we placed a wild stone on its walls. We often use this material for the facades of cottages and houses. The design of the facade of private houses should reflect the features of the surrounding landscape.
Multi-level lighting of the terrace is created by sconces and LED tubes built into the slatted ceiling.
The horizontally elongated shape of the apartment allowed us to create an isolated space for the unborn child with a bedroom, play and work area to the right of the main entrance. To the left are the rooms for adults - a bedroom, a living room and an open terrace.
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