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Functionalism design meets artistry.

Malfinio reconstructs an apartment in one of the first tenement buildings in Prague built in the Functionalist design style, transforming it into a serene, art-filled space.

Photographed by BoysPlayNice

living room with custom built-in shelving, concrete floor, pink Ligne Roset Togo sofa, halo light

In the living room, Martina Homolková designed a wall unit made of American walnut with an oil finish and blued sheet metal. Positioned opposite, Togo sofas (designed in 1973 by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset), in a rose corduroy. A Halo Sky pendant by Hale Edition projects a surreal rainbow light on the ceiling.

The stunning E19 Apartment in Prague is a reconstruction project in one of the first tenement buildings in the city built in the Functionalist style. Sidebar: Functionalism in architecture emerged in the 1920s as part of the wave of Modernism, it follows the principle that buildings should be designed based solely on their purpose and function. Czechoslovakia excelled in this style. Example: Villa Tugendhat in Brno, designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1928.

Architect Martina Homolková of Prague-based studio Malfinio stripped out all of this dated apartments' old, cluttered décor and disastrous accretions, leaving nothing but an open-concept floorplan and a flood of natural light. Then she built it back up, giving it a new life filled with streamlined modern amenities.

Designed to promote connectivity, the apartment has a spacious, open layout with long vistas providing breathtaking views. There is a large custom-designed furniture block that spans the entire space and houses utility rooms and closets, it even conceals the kitchen behind bi-fold doors and two bathrooms. The face of the block became a large-format canvas perfectly envisioned by artist Klára Spišková.

Modern Functional design style in condo dining room looking toward living room, large globe pendant light, floating metal shelves, wall mural

The dining room is punctuated by a Phenomena globe light in flamingo pink by BOMMA handing over the dining table and Carl Hansen & Son CH88 chairs. THIS PHOTO AND BELOW: A mural by artist Klára Spišková on the furniture block that conceals the kitchen, bathrooms, and other storage areas.

kitchen hidden behind folding doors, wall mural

modern dining room in condo with globe pendant light, kitchen behind closed doors, wall mural

woman in black dress standing in white room with hanging hammock and exercise rings, modern art, vertical bookshelf

The far end of the apartment features a large-format art piece by Miroslava Klesalová. It is sewn, handcrafted object made of geotextiles and vector computer graphics.

hallway looking into bedroom with sheer curtains

An ethereal curtain encasing the bedroom features an acid wash pattern in shades of apricot and crimson by textile artist Linda Kaplanová. The bathrooms (here and below) are in a contrasting, moody color palette with a mixed media of materials including cement screed, blued sheet metal, and ceramic.


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