‘Twister’ restaurant by Vasiliy Butenko and Serghii Makhno
Ukrainian interior and product designer, Vasiliy Butenko, has amassed an impressive portfolio showcasing his flair for creative and imaginative interiors and products. Butenko’s signature style includes tactile textures that mimic nature like the myriad of textures used in a restaurant interior he and collaborator, Serghii Makhno employed. The two story dining area is inspired by two of Mother Nature’s phenomenons; tornados and rain. The tornados are signified by the six curvaceous dining balconies which begin with a narrow ‘trunk’ and funnel out to form the dining areas above the first floor. The raindrops are clearly illustrated by ‘droplet’ lighting forms which appear to be dripping from the ceiling and even resemble glowing fireflies in the cavernous first floor dining area. With densely twig-covered bar walls and ceiling, Butenko and Mahkno’s nest-like coziness envelops, and the wonderfully textured seating conjures up pinecones in rich forest tones of beige, ochre, garnet, and brown.
The apartment in Crimea uses earthy tones in the furniture to offset the stark black granite and black wenge in the kitchen and dining areas. The black section demarcating this area automatically creates a sense of drama and intimacy at the same time by being grounded between the pale pine flooring and the white ceiling. Like the restaurant, texture plays a major role in the success of these interiors, contrasting smooth surfaces with textured black walls and alcove in which a sensuous caramel sofa resides. The black ‘Mess’ lighting (also designed by Butenko) mimics the textured walls, in turn creating a cohesive look throughout. The bedroom deserves a special mention for its stunning wooden plaited walls, also replicated in black in the study, reminiscent of Pacific Island weaving used on the facade of traditional huts. The elevated sleeping and relaxing zone with its sunken bed is the ultimate in minimalist design.
‘Attic’ office space by Vasiliy Butenko
The house within a house is a fun way to delineate a separate working space from a meeting area where clients can meet in a more relaxed zone in this concept office space Butenko has envisioned. The funky house shape is grounded in the space by being clad in the same distinct pink as the flooring and chairs. Again, a built-in alcove creates a quiet nook as in the apartment. The corporate office is an intimate and elegant den where texture again takes centre stage with undulating wooden walls, as if this space has been carved out from the hollow of a tree. The house icon has been re-enforced here with another built-in house-shaped nook in which another velvety chocolate Togo sofa sits. The cluster of glass pendants teamed with sleek black AJ lamps balance out the all encompassing wood.
Butenko’s vessels are distinctly from the same mold giving his work a strong unity, yet each with their own unique features make them completely distinct from one another. These are so slick and have been automatically added to Mint Style Studio’s Top 20 Vessels list!
To see the full range of Butenko’s products including a variety of lighting, seating, tables, and more interiors projects, visit Vasiliy Butenko’s website here. This is one hot design talent that I will be definitely keeping tabs on!
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