Loft 9b, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Dimitar Karanikolov is an architect studied in Sofia but worked for some time in London. Apart from his architectural duties he runs MESHROOM, a visualisation / design studio based in London since 2008 and co-founded BARABAR, mobile app development studio in 2013. Currently he is back in Sofia and he experimented – in this case wonderfully – with interior designer Veneta Nikolova to provide to Bulgaria’s capital a stunning loft.

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With a history that stretches over seven millennia, ruin-rich Sofia is one of Europe’s oldest cities and a great place for one to blend history and contemporary design. The loft Karanikolov and Nikolova reconstructed is a relatively new apartment in the centre of Sofia. Apart from the styling demands the two fresh designers needed to accommodate some practical issues while developing the place. As the loft is in highly dense residential area privacy was a major issue to be addressed. The two solve this issue by placing aluminium planters in the balcony.

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In addition to that, due to the limited space available, they incorporated some very clever ideas: air conditioner is concealed in a wooden drawer, the wardrobe in the bedroom hides a floor level build-in bathtub, black metal panels encapsulate the ventilation system. The result, apart from very practical, is impressive. Enjoy.

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