When it comes to homes, luxury is no longer defined purely in terms of sleek materials and architectural lines. In fact, high-end style is waking up to the calming influence of nature – from the irregular grain of timber to the sensual forms of furniture by the likes of Faye Toogood, Christophe Delcourt and Rick Owens. It’s a marriage of the best elements of ultra-modern design with softer touches. We’re labelling the look Contemporary Organic, and its relaxing and grounding effect is evident in this apartment’s interior, conceived by Konrad Kudraszow, the Polish-born founder of interior design gallery Kooku.
When Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind designed Zlota 44, a 52-storey residential tower in Warsaw, he was looking to capture the spirit of a city resurgent. Completed in 2017, it is now one of the most prestigious addresses in Poland, with its silhouette, inspired by the wings of a soaring eagle, symbolic of the capital’s renewed sense of freedom.
Located on the 45th floor of Libeskind’s skyscraper, this 200-square-metre one-bedroom residence has been transformed by Konrad, whose company Kooku is known for sourcing unique pieces that have been handmade using raw materials. His rarefied designs bring a gentleness to this modern interior, lending the sharp lines of its concrete ceilings, American walnut flooring, travertine bathroom and black marble kitchen a more sensual quality.
‘I wanted to transfer the soul of a post-factory loft interior into this ultra-modern apartment,’ Konrad says of this space in which sculptural furniture made of wood, jesmonite and alabaster is paired with artworks by local creatives. In the living room, Jaroslaw Perszko’s marble wall sculpture offers a dynamic contrast to the items surrounding it. Everything has been skilfully arranged into stage-like set pieces, creating zones of contemplation.
To harmonise the look, Konrad chose a limited palette of whites, blacks and earthy tones, with the only additional shades introduced organically through the vast windows. ‘I left the walls white to provide a neutral backdrop, but also so that they can be coloured with daylight – from bright white through to delicate beige and grey, and brilliant orange at sunset,’ explains Konrad. ‘Even 45 floors up, nature plays a huge role in this design.’ kookudesign.com
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