In Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, an old-fashioned apartment has been brought back to life by architect and designer Ieva Prunskaitè. The project of restoration has transformed the flat into an elegant and contemporary home. The owners, a couple with children, can now enjoy a young and welcoming environment that is optimally distibuted over two floors.
Architect and designer Ieva Prunskaitè, founder of the architecture firm Prusta, chose to give character to this project with the Iris Ceramica collections, created in partnership with Diesel Living. These high-quality porcelain stoneware surfaces, combined with a bold design, perfectly represent the young and dynamic spirit of the owners.
Materials are the main characters of the design
The materials are the main characters of the design: wood, plaster, and concrete are expertly combined to achieve an understated and consistent look. The sophisticated combination and distribution of different textures and materials in different environments creates a simple and linear aesthetic. The study of volumetry and the space arrangement were made to enhance the interior. An example is the cubic structure at the first floor which crosses the room diagonally and hides a large cabinet in it.
The apartment then opens into a spacious and modern kitchen, free from any visual obstructions, and into a living room that revolves around a wall-mounted fireplace. On the same floor, there is also a master bedroom with a study and a bathroom for guests. At the top of the helical staircase that seems to be suspended, there is access to the upper floor where the night area located.
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Industrial style wall coverings
The first floor, which accommodates the most intimate and private areas of the apartment, has been completely renovated. The master bedroom, which was once small with a separate bathroom, has been transformed into an open-plan room flooded by light and chiaroscuro contrasts. On one side of the room, a bathroom was created, separated only by a transparent glass wall with black metal art deco patterns. To recreate an industrial look, architect Prunskaitė chose the wall tiles of Diesel Living with Iris Ceramica. The countertop with washbowl and part of the shower cubicle are emphasized with the strong appearance of Grunge Concrete Scratch Black, which evoke the effect of time-worn cement, marked by scratches and cracks. The other walls and floor create a contrast and provide brightness with the ice-color Grunge Concrete Scratch White tiles.
Similarly, the children's bathroom resembles the look of the other rooms, with references to the industrial style. Sections of the walls, such as the area around the countertop and the outside of the bathtub, are covered with Ribbed Black, part of the collection Diesel Living with Iris Ceramica that presents bold personality, with metallic finishes and craquelé. In a color contrast, Camp Army Canvas White, the Diesel Living with Iris Ceramica product line that recalls military camouflage prints with rough textures and unpredictable effects, has been applied to the other walls.
Porcelain stoneware: quality, performances and good aesthetics
The choice to use high-quality porcelain stoneware surfaces, combined with the taste of Diesel Living design, guarantees excellent technical performance, as well as being visually appealing. These surfaces, in fact, have excellent resistance to mechanical and chemical stress, as well as being impermeable and healthy. Practical and easy-to-clean, the wall coverings of Iris Ceramica are ideal for keeping spaces clean and sanitized for well-being and personal care, ensuring health and safety for both children and adults.
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