Modernist Revival: Revitalizing a 1930s Apartment in Warsaw

Designed in 1936 by modernist architect Stanisław Rotberg, this 60-square-meter space is nestled in the southern region of Warsaw’s Powiśle district. The apartment recently underwent a transformation led by Colombe Studio, an interior design practice based in Warsaw.

The abundance of light, courtesy of the apartment’s southern orientation, allowed the team to embrace a darker and more dramatic palette.

Marta Chrapka of Colombe Studio emphasized the choice of teak wood in the apartment’s design. Teak was selected for its practicality and aesthetic appeal, as it is resistant to damage and humidity. Additionally, its warm hue complements the modernist character of the space.

To infuse vibrancy throughout the space, the team added copper and brass accents, along with rich jewel tones like coral and ultramarine.

The kitchen served as the initial inspiration for the apartment’s design. In the pursuit of efficient storage, the Colombe team opted for minimal and practical features such as a bookshelf, concealed washing machine, and additional shelving.

In the bedroom, the glass doors that open towards the living room create an open-concept living environment, with the bedroom on full display.

From the outset, both the designer and homeowners were determined to make the bathroom a vibrant centerpiece. Glossy white mosaic backsplashes were chosen for the shower area, creating a contrast with the scarlet tiles by Mutina on the surrounding walls. The cabinetry retains its teak wood finish with turquoise blue handles to enrich them.

Photos by Mood Authors