Surely the notion of anti-consumerism is inconsistent – paradoxical even – to the indulgence of a chic interior aesthetic? Not according to this Viennese abode, which stands as a testament to how sustainable interior design can actually work for modern family living.
When deciding how to rehabilitate their classic Viennese apartment, the owners wanted a design in keeping with their anti-consumerist life philosophy. Cue the use of vintage furniture throughout the space. The goal was to source as much vintage as possible whilst avoiding the high-prices now synonymous with the hipster boutiques.
Almost all mobile furniture pieces, such as the slate-gray sofas and wood burner, were bought online. To ensure an overall modern aesthetic, the owners framed the vintage pieces within a minimalist backdrop of white walls and earthy accents.
Undoubtedly the biggest challenge for the owners lay in consolidating the infrastructure of the space. In addition to updating the technical components of the apartment, renovation also called for a new floor plan. The result was a combined kitchen and living area, perfect for facilitating greater family household interaction.
Framing the living room area, floor to ceiling drapes stand in as an optional room divider. Texturally, their fluidity add an interesting design detail to the restored parquet floors and solid surfaces.
Moving into the kitchen and dining area, the custom cooking island aligned centrally with the dining table provides a natural focal point for the room. The use of hanging pendant lights help to draw attention to the high ceilings, accentuating the sense of space. Meanwhile, the cardboard lampshades allow for a whimsical nod to the sustainable theme.
One of the most striking details of this family apartment is the balance of utilitarian sensibility with pretty design features. From the black rattan armchair and woven bed frame in the bedroom, to the decorative stone tiles (original to the apartment) in the hallway and bathroom, these more elaborate touches elevate the decidedly Scandinavian design aesthetic.
In the bathroom, unexpected shapes and billowing drapes soften the white washed walls. In particular, the layered wall behind the bathtub is a great way to visually break up a monotone surface.
Think minimalist living and kid-friendly interior design are mutually exclusive? Not necessarily. Here, a conspicuous absence of child-themed furnishings make for one stylish kids’ bedroom.
Instead of shelves and cupboards, a wooden cart and vintage suitcase offer an interesting take on the problem of storage. What’s more, the neutral design of the room as a whole will allow the owners to easily transition the space as their children grow older.
All in all, as a statement for sustainability in interior design, this sleek apartment does much to dispel myths of wooden tree houses or foliage heavy design details. What is more impressive, however, is its redefinition of the use of vintage. In this apartment, vintage no longer has to stand in opposition to modernity. Instead, the owners have successfully managed to find a way for one to complement the other in a design aesthetic that is as refreshing as their anti-consumerist life philosophy.