An Eco-Friendly Mid-Century Inspired Home in Warsaw

In the quiet district of Radość in Warsaw, Colombe studio has created the interior design for a 320 m² house, inspired by the mid-20th century modernist aesthetics and the film “A Single Man” by Tom Ford.

This spacious apartment, nestled near a forest, integrates the outdoors into its design, with extensive glazing offering views of the surrounding greenery.

The interior of the house is a homage to mid-century modern design, filled with natural materials, decorative fabrics, and a palette of subdued, natural colors like gray and brown. Colombe studio, known for its unique interior designs, has once again delivered an immersive aesthetic experience.

Key pieces of furniture characteristic of the 1950s have been carefully selected. In the living room, a rattan chaise longue sits gracefully against large windows, while a wide sofa and comfortable armchairs create a cozy relaxation zone.

The dining room features black chairs on runners, typical of the mid-century modern style. Even the children’s room boasts an oval armchair, reminiscent of Eero Aarnio’s famous Ball Chair.

Embracing eco-friendly principles, the house reflects the lifestyle philosophy of its owners. The use of wood and linen decorations aligns seamlessly with the modernist style, bringing a natural and harmonious feel to the space. The architects have met the challenge of blending eco-consciousness with a modernist aesthetic.

However, designing the house was not without its challenges. Colombe shares, “The staircase was particularly challenging due to its complex construction, which made it impossible to install decorative railings. Covering the fireplace with custom-made tiles was another task; they contracted and expanded when fired, which made fitting them together difficult. We only succeeded on the third attempt.”

Colombe explains: “The clients wanted an ecological house, a quick renovation, a thoughtfully created space for children based on Montessori principles, and a design that brought the forest and nature into the home through the windows.”

On the combination of materials and styles, Colombe notes, “We used a lot of wood and linen fabrics, typical in modernist interiors. There wasn’t much innovation but rather an attempt to recreate the classics.”

Photos by PION Studio