Having written multiple stories on Colombe Design projects, I’m by now quite familiar with founder Marta Chrapka’s talent for creating new Old World homes that are elegant, luxurious, and traditional-with-a-twist. So I was surprised to learn that this lean, modern house (no graceful moldings or grand foyers in sight) in Podkowa Lesna, a suburb of Warsaw, is also her handiwork.
Upon closer inspection, though, I spied her signature touches—dramatic doors, impactful deployment of color, sculptural lighting, artful antiques, and an emphasis on craftsmanship—throughout the project, albeit tailored this time for a more modern and clean-lined aesthetic.
“Sure, it posed a challenge,” says Marta, about the house’s unadorned bones. “We didn’t have the proportions that I am used to, the nobly aged floor, and all the elements I am usually focused on to reveal their beauty—only the empty spaces. But the real challenge was an attempt to create an interior whose design would bring to mind functionalist/modernist interior but in today’s version.”
It was a challenge that she met with aplomb. Let’s take a tour of this unique house.