September 23, 2023

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Old World Meets Modern: A Casual but Elegant Pre-War Flat on the Baltic Coast

Old World Meets Modern: A Casual but Elegant Pre-War Flat on the Baltic Coast

Once again, we find ourselves in the familiar position of being utterly charmed by a Colombe Design project. (We’ve waxed poetic about their projects many times before: see here and here.) There are similarities between the residences the firm designs—Old World high ceilings, striking architectural details, an emphasis on sculptural statement lighting—but this one, while just as elegant as the other projects, has a whimsical casualness all its own.

This sophisticated but relaxed approach was largely informed by the apartment’s seaside location in Sopot, on Poland’s Baltic Coast. “Sopot has a very elegant, pre-war-vibe. It’s where many people from Warsaw (and Sweden) buy their summer houses,” explains Colombe founder Marta Chrapka. “The houses are mostly wooden, in pastel colors, and with stained glass, typical for the region.”

The clients, a couple (she’s a travel magazine editor; he’s a film director), wanted a vacation home that referenced the natural beauty of the area while respecting the building’s refined classical architecture. Chrapka’s solution: a pale palette, light pine floors, and a fuss-free, spare mix of Scandi, modern, and antiques.

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Photography by Pion Studio, courtesy of Colombe Design.

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Above: The dramatic foyer, thanks to Constance Guisset’s large Vertigo Pendant Light, a Colombe go-to. The black and white stool is by Fornasetti.

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Above: The view of the sitting and living rooms. The two-bedroom apartment was taken down to the studs; the only original features that were kept were the pine floors (sanded and oiled) and a fireplace. For the walls, Chrapka chose a soft white achieved by mixing Farrow & Ball’s Skimming Stone and Slipper Satin.
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Above: The custom glass partition is Chrapka’s favorite part of the project. It separates the living room from the sitting room.