A spacious 1930s house in Bucharest got a chance to shine again thanks to a team of young Romanian designers at Pavoni Studio. Occupying an old building in Romania’s capital, this refreshed home speaks a language of daring elegance.
The interior designers say that “all furniture pieces pursue comfort,” and we’re inclined to believe them. Each area was imagined to go beyond function. The restored building reinterprets elegance within a modern urban frame.
Defined by key original elements in the architecture, the Moses House had huge potential from the beginning. “Marked by only a few decorative elements, the clean and simple interior space takes your breath away through its perfect proportions and natural lighting,” the designers say.
The creative team, with Miruna Pavoni as lead architect, saw an opportunity to refresh the old-time elegance of the 1930s house. By retaining parts of the original architecture, the Moses House exemplifies old meets new.
“The entrance hall (foyer) represents the gravity center of the entire house, providing both physical and visual connection with the living room, dining room and upper floor,” the designers explain. “The connection with the living room is marked through a framed perspective by the two Corinthian columns (recovered elements from the original architecture).
“The entrance to the dining room is announced by massive wooden sliding doors with decorative crystal panels (also recovered). The black mosaic stairway … the columns, the sliding doors and the stairs have been laboriously restored to their original glamour.”
Within this old shell, a new lifestyle emerges from carefully premeditated design. “Each room is governed by its own concept, adding with every line to the whole story of the house,” the designers say. “Thus, the living room is regarded as a meditation space and is marked by the imposing presence and curious eye of Moses, while the dining room emphasizes the idea of nature and garden.
“The tree is perceived as an axis mundi — the place where the family gets together around the table in the evening. This idea is also suggested by the ceiling lamp, “Sky Garden,” designed by Marcel Wanders for Flos, and by the sculptural one-legged wooden table (Porada).”
The wow factor in this 1930s house comes from collaboration; the designers have varied backgrounds, and each contributed to this eclectic collection. The Simbio Kitchen & Bar in Bucharest is another example of reviving Romanian architecture. We’d love to know what you think about these redefined old buildings, so leave a comment below.