Working to disprove the adage “the more originality, the less chance of success in the market,” Fast and Furious came up with a design for all three apartments that highlights the finishing, arrangement and design of the space. They viewed the transformation of the 15o-square-meter-space as a creative endeavor that would show that this “so-called Aesthetics of Capitalism” could co-exist with innovative design.
Two basic concepts underlie the design in all three of the apartments. First is the diagonal arrangement of the two glass rooms in the space: The bedroom and the bathroom. Each of those spaces is enclosed by 4-millimeter thick glass walls that are highlighted with architectural metal framing. The second concept is how the space is defined by the convex corners, even in the kitchen, on the cabinets and on the glass walls.
The diagonal arrangement of the bathroom and the bedroom make the living space seem larger and the angled placement of the sofa and chairs increase the useable space. A glass table and chairs sit in the corner by the bedroom, making the most of a spot that is out of the main flow of the apartment. Repeated use of glass maintains the light and open feeling and is enhanced by the inclusion of lighting inside the cove ceiling. The raised element heightens the space and the lack of hanging fixtures eliminates visual clutter.
The bathroom is also a glass-enclosed space, but this time it is frosted glass for privacy. The repetition of the rounded space is a wonderful design element that helps the flow of the apartment. If all of these were standard walls, the apartment would feel much smaller and boxy, with the bathroom and bedrooms feeling like closed off spaces. Instead, the design allows light into both rooms and is much more pleasant.
Because of the glass walls and limited space, storage is at a premium. Here, the problem is solved with a large unit of cupboards that match the kitchen for a good deal of flexible storage. Whether the storage space is used to
With only one large window, bringing natural light through the apartment is a challenge. These apartments have a mirrored wall with a door at the opposite end from the window and the reflection enlarges the space and reflects the light. A white color palette in the kitchen also enhances the brightness as does the pale wood floor, which also adds some warmth.
Similarly designed, this unit has a slightly different configuration. The major elements such as the glass walls and use of mirrors to visually expand the space remain consistent. Here, there is no fireplace in the apartment, so it is possible to have a different arrangement of furniture and a rug to delineate the living room space in a more definitive way.
For privacy and to block light for sleep, the front window is fitted with vertical blinds that extend ceiling to floor and wall to wall. This provides an unbroken plane for the front window rather than breaking up the surface with any other type of window treatment, which would add visual clutter to the otherwise streamlined
Even the choice of furnishings is strategic for maintaining a light and uncluttered visual aesthetic. Chairs have streamlined legs and a modern, but not imposing silhouette, and the table’s hairpin legs add dimension without weight. The drop-in plant feature in the center of the table offers another way to add greenery, without extending too high up in the space.
The third unit has nearly identical decor, but a sedate sage-colored sofa substitutes for the bold red one. The animal print rug is the sole statement piece and becomes the focal point.
The unusual design elements used in the three luxury apartments demonstrate how it is indeed possible to create light, bright and airy living spaces that have only one window. Thinking inside the box — in this case the glass box — yielded an innovative and creative design solution.