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An Old World Flat Made Modern in Poland

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An Old World Flat Made Modern in Poland

October 11, 2013

Years ago, on a trip to Eastern Europe, I stayed at a grand apartment in Prague (the underground filmmaker owners rented out rooms) and another in Krakow. I always wondered what would happen when these faded grand dames were renovated and refreshed. Here’s the answer.

Polish studio LOFT Magdalena Adamus recently overhauled such an apartment–a classically proportioned flat in the seaside town of Sopot in Poland. The team stripped the space down to its bones and painted the floors palest gray and the walls and the ceilings bright white. Then they added a mix of modern furniture and lighting from European designers: Milan-based Paola Navone and Swedish design house Form Us with Love, for instance. The communist-era gloominess is gone, but the essential character of the space is preserved.

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Above: A suite of chairs from Paola Navone’s collection for Gervasoni surrounds her Gray 33 Table for Gervasoni.

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Above: A pair of gray Unfold Pendant Lights from Form Us with Love illuminates the dining table; $160.65 at Design Within Reach (down from $189).

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Above: The architects removed a wall to create an open-plan living/dining area.

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Above: A crystal chandelier references an earlier era.

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Above: A wall of bookshelves and a casually knotted lighting suspension system keeps the space from being too perfect and pristine.

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Above: An unexpected black faucet adds a graphic note to the kitchen.

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Above: A New World kitchen, restaurant-style appliances included.

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Above: A view into the living area (note how the SR2 Mega Bulb Pendant by Sofie Refer plays off the Old World crystal chandelier).

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Above: Bright hallways lead to the sleeping spaces.

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Above: A matte gray four-poster bed by Paola Navone for Gervasoni.

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Above: The master bedroom hews to a gray and white palette.

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Above: A simple, utilitarian bath.

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Above: A wavy vanity mirror adds a note of whimsy to the otherwise austere space.

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Above: A cheery children’s room done up in pale blue.

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Above: Another children’s room features a custom bunk bed.

For more work by architects LOFT Magdalena Adamus, see yesterday’s post, Weekend Escape: A Room in a Prussian Lodge.

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Frequently asked questions

What is 'A Historical Flat Reimagined in Poland' about?

'A Historical Flat Reimagined in Poland' is an article from Remodelista about a renovation project in a historical building in Krakow, Poland.

Where is the historical flat located?

The historical flat is located in the city of Krakow, Poland.

How old is the building that the historical flat is located in?

The building that the historical flat is located in was built in the 19th century and the renovation project aimed to preserve and celebrate its historical features.

Who was responsible for the renovation project?

The renovation project was led by the design and architecture firm, Loft Kolasiński.

What were some of the challenges that the renovation project faced?

Some challenges that the renovation project faced included preserving the building's historical features while also modernizing it for contemporary living, as well as working within the limited space of the flat.

What were some of the design choices made for the renovated flat?

The renovated flat features a minimalist and modern design, with a neutral color palette and strategically placed mirrors to create the illusion of greater space. The design also incorporated the building's original brickwork and wooden beams.

Did the renovation project change the layout of the flat?

Yes, the renovation project involved reorganizing the layout of the flat to optimize space and create a more functional living area.

What is the overall aesthetic of the renovated flat?

The overall aesthetic of the renovated flat is sleek, modern, and minimalist, with an emphasis on preserving the building's historical features.

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