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Home Tour | FNL Apartment by Paradowski Studio

  • FNL Apartment, designed by Kraków-based Paradowski Studio, celebrates the expression of individuality.

    Located in Poland’s capital Warsaw, the FNL Apartment merges elements from different design eras and cultures to heighten each space’s unique character, blending Hollywood regency and 1970s design with Asian-inspired pieces. 

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    The open-plan kitchen features a photograph by Chloé Le Drezen, a vintage bench sourced from Belgium and solid wood Albert bar stools by Massproductions.

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    The dining room features a custom-made blackened oak table, Vitra Standard chairs by Jean Prouvé, a painting by Christophe Meyer (1988) and a Pipe floor lamp by Diesel with Foscarini. 

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    Paradowski Studio’s design language creates an intersection between art, contemporary design and traditional craftsmanship. Their approach presents itself in the FNL Apartment through a series of independent yet interconnected spaces that have a unique identity, featuring bespoke and vintage pieces.

    The apartment’s kitchen is an informal area designed for occasional use, combining clean lines with a tactile natural palette. The front of the cabinets are made from ebony hardwood with black lacquered steel profiles, topped with travertine benchtops and a custom basin; bronze-finished floating shelves also feature above as an industrial nod. The tall cabinets are covered with varnish imitating ivory leather while hiding the kitchen equipment.

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    The living room is a strong example of the project’s emphasis on blending aesthetics and incorporating one-of-a-kind pieces, featuring made-to-measure shelving with marble and veneer inserts in raw rolled steel. The geometric lines are balanced with the curves of the bright red Amura Lapis sofa, an accent piece inspired by the modular design of the 1970s.

    The Japanese-inspired solid oak coffee table is joined by a Swedish hand-woven wool carpet and vintage armchairs upholstered in a cream boucle fabric. The natural tones are again contrasted by the striking, oriental-inspired dividing screen, drawing on the design influences of Asian culture and expressing the spaces’ eccentric personality.  

    An Atelier Areti floor lamp and Amura Lapis sofa in the eclectic living space.

    The work of Italian artist and architect Carlo Mollino inspired the use of colour, in particular red, in the FNL Apartment. Mollino was recognised for emphasising eccentric modernism by fusing contemporary, organic design with unconventional elements. 

    A dramatic brass door antiqued with hand-applied patina leads to the main bedroom suite, which features a custom-made, warm oak wood screen with wave-like details that emphasise the project’s playful charisma. The warm palette is paralleled by the industrial concrete platform, which features curved edges that mimic the bed’s soft shapes and vintage Belgian travertine bedside lamps, continuing the thread of contrasting elements to create a deeply personal space. 

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    Separated by a sliding glass wall, the ensuite walls are clad with tumbled marble tiles in a 1960s-inspired golden oak veneer.

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    The made-to-measure bathtub has veneer sides and a stone top that mirrors the wall panel. 

    The pungent red Verpan lamp on a custom-made shelf in the same colour becomes a focal point in the guest bedroom.

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