An interior for tall people
The concept of this interior was inspired by the characters of the Kvartirny Vopros TV show. They enjoy observing the landscape outside their kitchen window and dream of connecting it with the interior, shifting the lines and chords of the Moscow roads where cars rush by. This idea reminded me of the principles of early 20th-century organic architecture, emphasizing the continuity of architectural space, where the landscape outside the window becomes an organic extension of the interior. The reflections of light from street lamps, headlights, the curves of the highway, its horizontals, and flyovers, the continuous movement, are reflected in the kitchen's interior.
In designing the interior, it was important to consider the height of the TV show's characters. They are tall, and the standard countertop height is not ergonomic for them. In this interior, the kitchen countertop is designed in multiple levels, resembling the lines of highway flyovers. The main working zone is at the highest level, accommodating the sink and cooking surface. Along the window, the countertop lowers to the next level, becoming an extension of the windowsill. The dining table continues the kitchen countertop, altering the direction of the "main highway" — the working surface, and can be transformed to serve as a dining table for the whole family or a bar counter under the window. It can be pushed under the working surface, freeing up space in the kitchen.
The upper cabinets of the kitchen extend to the ceiling, providing more storage space. The cabinet facades blend with the background color of the walls, dissolving into the space. We don't feel the entire volume of the kitchen furniture while being here.
The composition of the interior is cyclical, with the window at its center. We see it when entering the kitchen, and our gaze often returns to it while being here. The kitchen and countertop enclose the interior around the window. The interior reflects the imagery of reflections, with light from street lamps and headlights entering the space. I attempted to capture and depict its refraction in a geometric composition in the Op Art style, on Japanese curtains and a stained glass panel behind the sofa.
The futurism of the interior directs our characters from traveling on roads and through cities to journeys and dreams of space and the future. They now have their own planet in the interior and a kaleidoscope for their fantasies.
Project page on the website peredelka.tv.
Photographer: Olga Melekestseva. Year of realization: 2018.