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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Return of the Monochrome

By Zoya
Photography: Courtesy the architect


living-dining in open plan layout
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Sometimes, some of the simplest things are the most beautiful ones, and it seems the monochrome interiors of 1960’s are making a comeback…

Ukrainian architect Igor Sirotov designs a beautiful house in Baku, spanning across 190 sq. m., in black and white that reflects chic in every corner and every piece of furniture.
 
living-dining in open plan layout
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The colour palette is a combination that has stood the test of time with aplomb and continues to regale us with its regal understatedness. To add to these sober yet striking hues, Igor uses taupe, umber and black grey in furniture and fittings. Textured wallpapers and patterned partitions, meanwhile, add form and dimension to the space.
 
textured wallpaper as subtle and chic backdrop
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textured wallpaper as subtle and chic backdrop
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On one hand, white offers sleekness to the place and highlights its various features and, on the other, black cuts into the earthiness and infuses boldness. A striking contrast of emotions and effects that the architect continues to play with as he juxtaposes white (light) and black (darkness), creating chiaroscuro elements that permeate almost all rooms of the house. Mood lighting and large floor-to-ceiling windows together help accomplish this goal, highlighting its dazzling effects.
 
black and white interiors
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Besides the use of colour, Igor pays key attention to space planning. The straight lines of floor, fittings and walls are broken down by the softness of rounded-edge furniture, perforated wallpapers, floral screens and indirect lighting. It is interesting to note Igor’s philosophy here. He says, “My architecture is my world. It consists of exact forms, cool tones, light, open space and the mood of people for whom I create my projects.”
 
monochrome colour palette in bedroom
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monochrome colour palette in bathroom
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True to his words, this house for three sports a luxurious setting with the architect opting for a rather minimalist approach in furniture - not in its style but in terms of numbers - leaving enough open spaces in the home, keeping the rooms clutter-free.
 
monochrome colour palette in bathroom
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All in all, the tried-and-tested formula of monochrome has hit the right notes once again, and it seems the trend is here to stay.

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