LOFT NOTTING HILL PHOTO STUDIO WITH VERSATILE BACKGROUNDS

April 24, 2014
Posted in Apartments

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Metric area: 155 m²
Number of employees: 2
Opening date: January, 2014
Location: Kyiv

In 2012 Julia and Dmitry purchased a spacious apartment to launch a private studio of child development. They hired John Yunakov, the founder of Yunakov Architects bureau, for interior design plan, but as soon as the space was completed the couple decided to correct the business plan. On second thoughts, the location was unfavorable for a child development centre, since the neighborhood is newly-built and thinly populated so far, and such business needs a big number of young parents.

Then the spouses turned the weakness of the project into its strength. Launching a photo studio and a raw art space for imaginative people would be in accord with the creative European mood of the neighborhood. Everything prepared for a kid’s centre became the foundation for a photo studio: lightness, bright colors and even a blackboard, which now serves as a background for photoshoots.

With maximum of clients’ comfort in mind the studio was supplemented with a shower room and a full-fledged walk-in closet. An ultramarine entrance door suggested the name of the studio — such blue doors are typical of Notting Hill neighborhood in London. Two halls were correspondingly named as Notting Hill districts — Kensington и Chelsea.

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A massive reception desk was custom-made from natural copper, surfaced and coated with patina. Oak timbers are designed as seats and made by a famous Kyiv cabinet maker. Traditional lampshades were replaced with barrels and painted by a graffito artist. The same person is the author of the sketches on the walls.

A wall behind the reception desk is painted with oil colors. The architect’s idea was to balance the massive copper desk with birds and London motives. The walk-in closet is arranged behind the staircase.

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The stairs lead to the hall with a make-up room, a shower room and an entrance to the Chelsea hall. For the sake of stairs ceiling height in this part of Notting Hill had to be reduced by one meter – to 3.8 m. Chelsea walls provide four different background options: brick masonry, concrete, common white and wet zone with a bath and waterproofing. One more spot for shooting water scenes is a shower room with interesting wall surface. The make-up room is located opposite. Neon signs with names of the rooms are also custom-made.

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Kensington hall is definitely zoned. Space by the entrance is designed as a briefing zone: during meetings and master-classes it may seat up to 10 persons at an aspen table. Painted barrels are also here. The Storage door leads to a room with photoshoot accessories — ear-rings, necklaces, hats and other pretties. The plus of Kensington hall is three big windows overlooking the sunny side. When needed, they can be curtained with blackout blinds. Walls serving as backgrounds are versatile – natural copper, rusty, common white, molded white and unprocessed concrete.

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