The beauty of imperfection. Ruslan Baginskiy Kyiv office from Rina Lovko studio

Rina Lovko Design Studio
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110 sq.m.

The new project of the Rina Lovko studio is an office for the creative team of the Ukrainian headwear brand Ruslan Baginskiy. In his collections, milliner Ruslan Baginsky combines traditional production techniques and progressive views on fashion, and it was important for the team to reflect this approach in the interior.

The office is located in an architectural monument, the XNUMXth-century Kyiv "House with Lions", next to the brand's showroom. Unfortunately, the original stucco was destroyed during the last reconstruction, however, following the principles of "adaptive minimalism" - the author's style of Rina Lovko - we tried to implement the interior elements that were preserved. Thus, part of the brick wall was left untouched with all its textural defects, as were the Soviet cast-iron batteries, and the wardrobe of the previous owners was repainted to match the office panel.

To emphasize the high ceilings and thereby preserve the spirit of the building with a 200-year-old history, the wiring was exposed, the walls were rounded for the effect of a single, flowing space, and all surfaces were painted in a common palette - the light gray industrial micro-cement floor only emphasizes the idea.

After studying the needs of the Ruslan Baginskiy team, the interior was designed with a focus on functionality and aesthetics. For the design and content teams, a table designed for six workplaces with separate light sources was made to order. In the same area, there was a closet for samples of fabrics, new products and accessories, as well as a creative director's workplace with shelves for sketches and decorative elements that inspire, with which Ruslan adds to the collection during his travels.

One of the challenges was the development of the office of the CEO of the company: it was necessary to provide for the possibility of holding private meetings, while preserving the general atmosphere of the open space. To solve the problem, the office was separated by a transparent, soundproof glass partition, which can also be used as a marker board.

The adjacent area housed the Ruslan Baginskiy brand's sales team and PR department, as well as a kitchenette and a toilet with pink ceramic tiles. In the workplace of the co-owner of the company and the PR director, the emphasis was on vintage furniture - a table made of teak wood from 1959 and a chest of drawers found at a market in Denmark.

The Kyiv office is already the second collaboration between Rina Lovko and Ruslan Baginskiy studio. Previously, the architect worked on the renovation of the showroom in the adjacent building. Synergy of views is important for reflecting brand aesthetics in the interior, so the project can be called a collaboration. In his personal style, Ruslan often mixes things from the flea market and luxury, and prefers unhealthy perfectionism to the beauty of imperfection. Therefore, the CEO's children were allowed to decorate the walls in the office with pictures, the interior provided space for creative chaos, and mostly vintage furniture was used - green table lamps from the GDR era, armchairs covered with sky blue fabric brought from Switzerland and accent lamps from the Dutch Gepo.

The same principles were followed during the shooting of the office a year after the project was handed over. The footage shows how the brand team fills and adapts the space: the walls are decorated with Ruslan Baginskiy campaigns of different seasons, on every shelf and on every table - fashion magazines, awards, moodboards and, of course, new hats of all possible shapes.