After recently uncovering the Berlin Summer Home, we were left yearning for more of Polish studio Loft Kolasinski’s distinctive designs. Our wishes were granted when Loft Kolasinski shared their most recent project, House in Pogodno, to only affirm our love for their creative vision and clever touch.
DESIGN Loft Kolasinski | PHOTOGRAPHY Karolina Bak
The refined 1930s home lies at the centre of Szczecin, Poland, a port city renowned for its spectacle of diverse architecture. Perhaps indicative of the city’s compilation of architecture, is a home where modern fittings and furnishings pay homage to vintage design. By fusing together their original and reclaimed ideas, Loft Kolasinski presents an eccentric, cohesive interior of spaces that flow smoothly into one another. To achieve this, the home was restructured to an open-plan layout with simplified living spaces. Suited to the modern dweller, the refit favours light timber flooring and stone details, complemented by high ceilings and an absence of dividing internal walls. Going one step further, Loft Kolasinki has carefully curated the placement of every object in the home, accentuating the natural light.
In a subtle nod to contemporary Polish style, Loft Kolasinski has combined their own bespoke wooden furniture with unique mid-century finds. Loft Kolasinski’s custom-made work features seamlessly alongside antique furniture, lighting and rugs sourced from across Europe, including the Czech Republic, Denmark and Italy. Collaborating with collectors and restorers alike marks their appreciation for individual character and charm, where meticulous attention is seen to preserving each piece, with a place and purpose in mind.
The Bauhaus-inspired furniture and daring artwork in the house bring a sense of modernity and playfulness. A bold palette is drawn from the two striking film posters by Ewa Bajek, for Krzysztof Kieslowski’s 1980s Polish television films, titled ‘Decalogue 3′ and ‘6 Decalogue’. The stunning turquoise sofa and armchair are well matched to the personality of the art, providing texture, and plumpness with a new-age comfortability. Loft Kolasinski has hand-picked furnishings that have a certain roundness in each edge and surface, softening the interior.
Threading together a retro, contemporary aesthetic is an art that Loft Kolasinki has certainly perfected. House in Pogodno is a refreshingly minimalist home, combining a love of historic art and design with a modern sensibility. The home is a successful meeting place between old and new, where everything fits — a credit to Loft Kolasinski’s design process.
The two armchairs are a sure focal point, designed by the Czech architect Jan Bocan in 1972, for the Embassy of Czechoslovakia in Stockholm and never produced on mass scale.
The soft curves of the furnishings pair well with the symmetry of the interior structure, such as the solid concrete walkway and the striking timber staircase.