Designed to meet the demands and needs of a young lady, Apartment AB is designed in a modular system in which the game of spaces and colors draws a steady line in a deliberately eclectic style. Built in a four years time frame the apartment breathes two styles from whose balancing results a lively, relaxed and airy space.
Located on an upper floor, on the eastern side of an '80s apartment building, the apartment covers a surface area of 65 square meters where the white painted walls contribute to a uniform lighting of the space to highlight the playful colors chosen by the client and the contrast between various furniture systems. As with other projects signed by ateliercetrei, the furniture is defined as being object designed, built in an uniform and defining style.
The colors of the furniture are in a balanced dialogue with the walnut floor. The ceiling has soffits for drapes and curtains which were deliberately chosen to be as "heavy" as possible to thus create an eclectic rapport with the space and the furniture. The hall wardrobe includes all the storage modules to free up space in the apartment.
Both bathroom and bedroom have decorative elements designed with the customer - the floral wallpaper from the bedside, to decorative ceramic tiles with incrusted crystals, carpets and curtains, the space offers privacy and a feminine ambience perfectly integrated to the modular concept. The same modular character is enhanced by the use of 30x60 cm and 10x10 cm ceramic tiles in the bathroom and the kitchen, which enter into direct dialogue with the overall design.
Apartment A.B. is defined by an eclectic functionalism that redraws the internal frames to streamline the spatial living. Efficient use of light and interior space in order to aerate the space, the effort to create continuity at both a formal and material level, or the ability to integrate contrasting decorative motifs put the apartment in a dynamic equilibrium, simple and functional, modulated by the daily needs of the client. The main ergonomic focus, drawn by the furniture from the living area, offers a unique perspective on alternative ways of conceiving and drafting an area without sacrificing practicality or aesthetics. It represents a possible definition of this lively space, as an overview of housing and as a way to imagine the space beyond its physical constraints and limitations.
Design Team: Paul-Mihai Moldovan, Florin-Vasile Lazar
Design Year: 2008
Execution | Completion Year: 2010
Location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Net area: 65 sqm
Text: Sabin Bors
Photographer[s]: Serban Bonciocat, Zsolt Kilin