In the midst of the first months of the invasion of Ukraine, where uncertainty loomed over daily life, the 2BM Apartment in Kyiv became a symbol of creativity and resilience. Led by architects Volodymyr Petrunok, Roman Savchuk, and Olexandra Alioshkina of TOP LAB Interiors, the project not only defied budget constraints but also served as a testament to the power of experimentation and trust. The apartment, spanning 560 square feet, was designed for rental purposes, necessitating a thoughtful use of resources. However, the team decided to focus on a bold experiment with color and unconventional material usage, transforming the space into a vibrant haven.
The client leaned on the team’s expertise regarding the kitchen’s color: “I don’t like this green, but I like to trust you! Therefore, I am ready to rely on you and take a risk.” This sentiment became the driving force behind the 2BM project, turning it into an exploration of diversity in color and materials.
Throughout the interior, bright primary colors take center stage, creating a lively and unconventional atmosphere. The lively green kitchen cabinets are juxtaposed with white square tiles framed in blue grout. Opposite the kitchen in the open living space, contrasting curtains in a bright blue shade, provide balance and depth to the space.
The bedroom exudes calmness with warm-toned walls and cozy textiles, while a Yves Klein blue colored shelf pops as a focal point across from the bed. Resourcefulness was showcased in the creation of a bedside table made from leftover tiles. A cherry red color is revealed when the floor-to-ceiling white curtans open to the closet.
A bold blue sliding door made of polycarbonate plastic welcomes guests at the entrance, which is complemented by a similar shade of tile grout.
Even the bathroom follows the project’s colorful concept, featuring yellow glass for the shower/tub, a red cabinet housing the sink, and the same blue grout seen throughout.
Photography by Uliana Vinichuk.