When a client approached Ljublina, Slovenia-based Idea:list Studio to create interiors for her new apartment, most of the work was already done: Hardware was installed, as was oak laminate parquet and the bathroom’s ceramic tiles and necessities. “What to design for a lady with many passions who eats her life with a large spoon?” asked the studio’s co-founder Tina Begovic. “She wanted to keep her apartment bright, seemingly warm and simply shaped, with some addition of the blue which she adores so much.”
First, the team rearranged the layout of the kitchen and social spaces into two parallel lines, with custom cabinetry in the client’s color of choice; additional tones appear in velvet upholstery across the backs of benches and beds, and in curtains and cushions. Oak veneer forms a bedroom frame dividing the bed and dressing areas, and storage in the office area.
To inspire these kinds of small changes with big impact, the team looked to the interiors of Eileen Gray. “Her pieces were designed with comfort in mind,” she says, “in addition to a great deal of feminine elegance and glamour.” The same could be said for the apartment she inspired.