Widawscy Studio Architektury recently completed House in Zabrze, Poland, for a modern family of four. The interior is dominated by white and gray tones contrasted by natural oak. Living area (kitchen, dining room, living room) was left open, creating one well-ordered space. The homogenous colors of the interior are highlighted by the diversity of white surface textures: glossy fronts of furniture, mat walls, linen fabric and structural plate. The living room is dominated by a graphite sofa and white armchairs, perfectly adapted to the minimalist character of the interior.
The centerpiece of the house is a double-sided fireplace covered in natural stone. Dining zone is highlighted by a white lamp hanging over a veneered table and surrounded by Verner Panton chairs. The large dining table can also be converted into a pool table, creating space for evening games. Both bedroom and bathroom are dominated by white, visually expanding the interiors. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Widawscy Studio Architektury]
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