Architecture firm Malfinio adjusted the floor plan of a 19th-century apartment by removing a wall to reduce the number of smaller rooms and create more space.
In light of our recent publication “Top 3 renovated rooms in 2021 – What’s next for 2022?”, we continue to focus on a recently completed renovation project in the Bubeneč district of Prague. The architecture studio Malfinio, founded by Martina Homolková in 2020, has reworked the plans of a 19th century apartment for a young couple with children.
This particular project features a full apartment renovation rather than a one or two room project. The concept development phase took five months, from October 2020 to April 2021, and construction was completed in 2022. Martina Homolková modified the entire floor plan to create a living room and bathroom roomier centrals while designing a more even connection between the parents. bedroom and the children’s bedroom.
“The apartment, which originally consisted of smaller rooms, as was common at that time, went through several adjustments in its floor plan,” the architects said in a press release. “First, by removing a wall, we created a central space, the heart of the apartment. In this way, we changed the general movement patterns in the apartment. This adjustment also made it possible to enlarge the bathroom. The central room opens to the children’s room with Montessori elements on one side and the bedroom with a workstation on the other.
After gaining five years of experience at the award-winning firm Formafata, Martina Homolková has established herself on the interior design scene. She emphasizes space and light, openings, materials, textures, combinations, layers and details. In terms of materials, note the use of white/smoked oil-oil oak veneer in the furniture designed by Martina Homolková, as well as the solid oak parquet, and the brushed stainless steel and blued metal finish of the designer’s furniture. She applied a cement wall finish to selected vertical surfaces, the sink cabinet and the kitchen.
We can see how she opened the apartment to provide more space for its inhabitants; as for the light, she combined standard interior lighting with furniture lighting to create a range of lighting in the apartment. Lighting choices include Taraxacum 2 by Flos, 84sp by Bocci and Brass 95, Brass 96 by Gervasoni. Carefully selected products such as these enhance the atmosphere by highlighting specific pieces of furniture such as the Roly Poly armchair by Driade, the mythical Togo sofa by Ligne Roset, the Stella side table by Jiří Krejčiřík, the Wishbone chair CH24 by Carl Hansen and the Beetle bar chair and Masculo chair by Gubi. The apartment features pieces of designer textiles from the Geometr studio.
She worked with the couple to create their personal story, adapted from concept to implementation. Customers, for example, requested specific items such as a cement floor tile with a distinctive four-pointed star pattern and a super-mirror kitchen island. Control, however, comes under the filter of the interior designer as perceived throughout the project, especially in the hallway.
“The hallway allowed us to employ a wilder look. In its softer layer, we have completed this space with a play of mirrors and a flow created by the changing colors on its distinctly patterned tiling, passing from medium gray to mustard ocher and dusty pink. From the hallway there are doors leading to a separate, hidden toilet or a generous bathroom.