Ukrainian architect Sergey Makhno brings together Japanese aesthetics with the tradition of his country in this stunning penthouse apartment he designed for his own family. Take a look at this house decor inspired by nature!
We are all familiar with kintsugi, the Japanese technique of fixing broken ceramics with gold as a way to turn something imperfect into something precious, a practice that is, in fact, part of a wider Japanese philosophy called wabi-sabi, which sees all imperfect and incomplete things as possessing a beauty of their own. Wabi-sabi also appreciates irregularity, asymmetry, and transience, hence its love for natural materials and shapes.
Despite its rural look and feel, the apartment is equipped with contemporary amenities that guarantee a comfortable home interior for its inhabitants.
As is often the case with architects building their own houses, the Wabi-Sabi house decor has some experimental touches as well and features many of Makhno’s own lighting and furniture design.
The main experiment here was to add a conceptual approach to the overall design, based on the theory of the four elements: earth is represented by the clay on the walls, fire and water are symbolized by various artworks, while the space between objects and rooms stands for air.
More like sculptures than functional objects, Makhno’s metal lampshades hang in the dining area and one of the bedrooms, as a way of incorporating a contemporary element to the overall earthy and natural home interior. Their own imperfections also demonstrate how the ancient philosophy of wabi-sabi can find new applications in contemporary house design.
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