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Unexpected Details Create A Peaceful Escape From Urban Life

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What happens when you bring the outdoors inside? This SVOYA Studio-designed apartment in Kiev transforms city living with natural materials and playfully unexpected details.

A woven hammock welcomes you upon entry, immediately creating an ambiance that’s peaceful, inviting and just a bit whimsical. Then there’s the wall of wood shingles, which would traditionally be at home on a roof, but look perfectly in place in the living room. On the ceiling is one of the most unique features: a gaming-inspired wood medallion decorated with Space Invaders and Pac-Man.

Everywhere you turn, there is a thoughtful detail. An expansive wooden wine rack makes expert use of a corner space. Pendant lights and candles turn an otherwise-blank wall into a statement. Ceramic tiles and décor from local potters decorate the entryway. Custom wood cabinetry transforms the bathrooms and kitchen.


Though the ceilings are brazenly concrete and industrial, ensuring you’ll never quite forget you’re in a major metropolis, the apartment is a peaceful respite urban life.


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