The apartment in the Czech capital’s Žižkov district, takes cues from the two modern artworks belonging to the owners – an unnamed piece by Vladimír Houdek and Cesta domů by Josef Bolf.
Houdek’s unnamed painting, featuring the number sixty-nine, is hung between the dining and kitchen areas.
The rectangular piece is displayed in portrait orientation and divided into four sections with a pair of reflected sixes and nines in a greyscale, gradiented typeface.
The frayed edges of the artwork are referenced on the bottom edge of the kitchen wall cabinets, a tactile detail that contrasts the sweeping curves of the base cabinet opposite.
Rich royal blue, the central colour in the composition, is found in the kitchen, corridor, bathroom and master bedroom manifesting as large planes of lacquered MDF, tile and velvet upholstery.
The number 69 becomes a pattern when minimised and embossed on the perforated screen in the living area, and in a larger format on cupboard doors in the second bedroom.
A second painting, Cesta domů by Bolf, is hung in the living area on a grey-toned wall directly opposite the piece by Houdek.
The contrastingly melancholy artwork, whose title translates to “way home” or “road to home”, shows a street scene with buildings, trees and figures obscured by a dark palette of greys and black.
The emotive painting is referenced by the teardrop-shaped pendant lamps above the kitchen island and dining table. They also recall a waterfall mural by artist Patrik Hábl on the side a neighbouring building, which is visible from the living room window.
“It is a simple living space for a family who understands art and wants to appreciate and enjoy it” summarised No Architects.
“[An] interior where contemporary art is not just replaceable decoration”.
Bespoke built-in furniture is found in each room, backed by a neutral palette of wooden oak and whitewash finishes on floors, walls and ceilings.
The apartment is situated in a 1990s attic extension of the original building, which dates from the first half of the 19th century.
No Architects is a Prague-based architecture, design and planning studio founded in 2009, which previously designed a nursery in Prague that aims to ease separation anxiety in young children by incorporating plenty of internal windows, cubby holes and clear sightlines across the space.
The photography is by Studio Flusser.
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