Having written several stories about Colombe Design’s projects, I am now quite familiar with Founder Marta Chrapka’s talent for creating stylish, luxurious and traditional new Old World homes with a twist. So I was surprised to learn that this lean, modern house (no graceful moldings or large fireplaces in sight) in Podkowa Lesna, a Warsaw suburb, is also his work.
Upon closer inspection, I spotted his signature touches – dramatic doors, punchy display of color, sculptural lighting, artful antiques, and an emphasis on craftsmanship – throughout the project, albeit this time designed for a more modern and refined aesthetic.
“Of course, that posed a challenge,” says Marta, of the unadorned bones in the house. “We didn’t have the proportions I’m used to, the nobly aged floor, and all the elements I usually focus on to reveal their beauty – just the empty spaces. But the real challenge was an attempt to create an interior with a design reminiscent of the functionalist / modernist interior but in today’s version.
It was a challenge she took on with confidence. Let’s take a tour of this unique house.
Photograph by Pion Studio, courtesy of Colombe Design.