return to art deco


October 3, 2013

And it started …! Although not in period costumes, but with great respect for the place, the renovation crew began the finishing work in the apartment situated in an antique building from the end of the 30s at Karowa Street in Warsaw.

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I am delighted with the new windows which have been installed a couple of days ago. Of course wooden and casement windows. We were able to remove, clean and once more install all of the original pre-war brass hardware. We have already renovated all of the ceilings and walls which still a month ago were scaring with peeling plaster and cracks. We removed the faux wooden beams from the ceilings which the previous owner installed probably purely out of sympathy for the Polish President or he wanted to live in a forester’s lodge. Of course the interior design did not incorporate these questionable decorations into the new arrangement. And the wooden beams had to give way to stylish Art Deco mouldings. We removed the damaged and detached parquet flooring and linoleum from the 70s. These in turn will have to give way to pre-war style, noble oak mosaic and natural stone. White Statuario and black Nero Marquina marble will stay forever on the floors and walls in the new interior arrangement.

We pay much attention to carpentry work like the library, doors, rosewood paneling on the walls or the kitchen. The island will be quite a difficult task as it is to be made entirely of stone. Along with the drawer fronts.

The lighting is a seperate story. It is difficult to furnish the interior with only original lamps from the Art Deco period. Unfortunately, the price, availability and often difficulty of adapting light fixtures to modern wiring and sources of light is a barrier. A good and often practised solution is designing contemporary, stylisticly neutral lamps in period or historic interiors. Lighting where fixtures are practically invisible and the light is intended to highlight some of the most interesting elements of the interior. At Karowa Street, along with the owner of the apartment, we decided on a different solution. Some lamps are from the De Majo and Eichholtz collection, contemporary collections referring to the style of the 30s. Others are replicas of original Art Deco style lamps which are to be custom-made by Polish craftsmen. The third group of lamps are original products, bought in galleries and at antique fairs. The process of designing and finishing the apartment at Karowa Street is a carefully executed process of reanimating a historic interior. Our plan is for the oldie to get back on his feet and function for the next 100 years in great shape.