Kyiv-based architecture and interior design studio Men Bureau have designed a quiet and cosy home with a minimalist Japanese inspired aesthetic. Using predominantly warm-coloured wood and plaster, the materials selected reflect the client’s preferences for natural finishes and a need for durability and longevity. Circles and arks have been used to soften the spaces, while the addition of rounded corners to various areas of the internal spaces provide visual comfort.
Upon entering the house, a Lámina pendant by Santa&Cole in the dining area fascinates the eye with the elegance of its curve and soothing light. A marriage of the poetic and practical, this sets the tone for the entire open-plan space which features simple materials including cherry wood, boticcino marble, and accents of steel.
Minimal Arch chairs designed by South Korea-based studio Finder continue the lines of the lamp with their rounded shapes. The Monarch Shiitake Dining Table is made using traditional Chinese butterfly joinery to avoid the involvement of nails or screws, expressing the emerging imperfection of natural materials. The kitchen and bookshelves are made of cherry wood, while shallow niches are decorated with sculptural ceramics and objects.
In the living room, the homeowners love for traditional Japanese lamps is reflected in the use of the Hotaru Buoy pendant light by TwentyTwentyone, which provides a soft diffused light. The Belle Reeve sofa by De La Espada represents the perfect unison of traditional craft with an enduring aesthetic that is as modern as it is timeless. The studio’s minimalist approach is evident throughout the clutter-free open space.
In addition to maximizing space and creating an environment suitable for comfortable living, the goal for the bedroom was to open up to natural light from all sides. Glazed walls are covered with automated shades that enhance privacy. The Tip Top light is by Pandul and custom tactile elements and bespoke furniture act as well-crafted handmade extensions of the home, an expression of its owners and their aspirations.
The home library, another signature space, provides a quiet place to unplug and read. The wall ceiling-mounted bookshelf is one of Men Bureau’s custom pieces. Made without screws or bolts, the designs are assembled out of wooden poles and marble planes that simply slot together.
Distinct from the muted hues in the shared spaces, the bathroom becomes a unique zone, clad in textural grey terrazzo. The PB bath designed by Piet Boon for COCOON and the large bespoke marble sink provides a striking contrast. The Tabouret Berger stool is designed by Charlotte Perriand for Cassina and the towel warmer is by Vola.