The Richness of Simplicity Shines in a Belarusian Apartment

Elisa Zagaria
·1 minuto per la lettura
Photo credit: Artem Bobrov, Yanina Novikova
Photo credit: Artem Bobrov, Yanina Novikova

From ELLE Decor

Simplicity can be extremely rich, and this apartment in Minsk, Belarus — a product of architect Sasha Hamolin’s sophisticated sensibility — is proof. The goal of the project was to design a customized nest for a family with three kids, beginning from a space that wasn’t terribly large — 108 square meters to be exact. But with the help of an attentive and layered design, atmospheres seem to be dilated, welcoming worlds within their interiors that are delicately interlocked with one another.

Photo credit: Artem Bobrov, Yanina Novikova
Photo credit: Artem Bobrov, Yanina Novikova

NN / VV is the name of the project, distinguished by an atmosphere with an open layout welcoming a living area and three secluded bedrooms. On the surface, the apartment flaunts an elegant veil in neutral and minimalist shades of white and gray, where a wide use of natural wood balances and warms up the entire space.

Photo credit: Artem Bobrov, Yanina Novikova
Photo credit: Artem Bobrov, Yanina Novikova

On closer inspection, however, we discover a surprising variety entrusted to small touches — splashes of color that emerge in furnishings and accessories — inserted in a tight-fitting symphony of patterns and textures measured with mastery. The concrete ceiling sparks a dialogue with floors in unfinished parquet, which then melt away in the geometric grain of marble used in the bathroom and kitchen. Meanwhile, brass accents dot the space, left unfinished to oxidize and “live” within the domestic dimension.

Photo credit: Artem Bobrov, Yanina Novikova
Photo credit: Artem Bobrov, Yanina Novikova
Photo credit: Artem Bobrov, Yanina Novikova
Photo credit: Artem Bobrov, Yanina Novikova

The clean lines of furnishings recount a minimalism that’s never cliche, feeding off subtle contrasts and carving out flashes of excitement within the rational purity of the layout, where the designer’s hand is visible in custom-made pieces, like the dining table erected on two undulating metallic supports. It’s with this that Sasha Hamolin composes her canvas — a combination of diverse and complex elements that reinvent the idea of simplicity, making it vibrate in entirely new forms.

Photo credit: Artem Bobrov, Yanina Novikova
Photo credit: Artem Bobrov, Yanina Novikova

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