Maisonette Sixty-Nine, Prague, Czech Republic
Maisonette Sixty-Nine, Prague, Czech Republic

Architects: No Architects
Contractor: CZ interiéry
Furnishings, lighting and fittings: custom-made by Ton, M&T, NEXT
Photos: Studio Flusser

Maisonette Sixty-Nine, Prague, Czech Republic

Two paintings face each other in the living room, giving rise to the concept by No Architects for this small flat in one of the liveliest zones of Prague: Žižkov. Both placed at the center of their respective walls, their ‘influence‘ spreads out into the surrounding space. In the work titled 69 by Vladimír Houdek, white and pale blue alternate neatly with a cotton-candy pink that becomes a ‘reagent’ to color the kitchen, the dining area and the cabinets in the corridor, while the jagged edge of the artwork is duplicated in the irregular border of the doors of the hanging kitchen cabinets.

The number 69 is multiplied and etched on the brash radiator cover on the opposite wall, where the second painting hangs, a work by Josef Bolf with a more melancholy chiaroscuro aura. The wall is in pale gray, which links to the large mural visible from the terrace and made by Patrik Hábl on the façade of a nearby residential building.

Beyond this level of connotation, the design approach has totally transformed the flat into a clear, simple and functional space, organized on two levels and featuring large white zones and the warmth of oak on the floors, walls and steps, as well as the door frames, the bookcase and the top of the dining table. While the wardrobes and furnishings have been designed by the architects, the dewdrop lamps have been selected precisely because they suggest the idea of tears, in tune with the melancholy atmosphere of the painting by Bolf.