Azure Office, Kiev by Architect & Designer Sergey Makhno
The images above are some of the spaces within the Azure Office in Kiev, Ukraine. They are the creation of Ukraine-based Sergey Makhno, who describes himself as ‘an artist, architect, designer and workshop project manager.‘ Sergey Makhno has worked on many projects across Ukraine over the last ten years, including apartments, country houses, restaurants, shops and offices. His work encompasses architecture, interior design, artwork, collage and furniture and object design.
The Azure Office is vibrant and playful with a sleek serious edge to it. The client, whose company produces design accessories, wanted the office space to directly reflect the business. The interior is an eclectic mix of styles; a contradiction of soft, sumptuous curves and rounded forms alongside smooth sleek, angular lines and geometric forms. The space does not follow a single theme, but draws inspiration from many sources. The beautiful and distinctive furniture throughout the interior, was designed by Makhno and his co-designer Vasily Butenko. The furniture ranges from simple, streamlined elegant contemporary to funky, bold and retro pieces in vibrant pop colours. Makhno’s website refers to some stylistic influences and trends such as minimal art, neo-brutalism, art deco, art nouveau and neoclassicism.
One of the most interesting and innovative aspects of this design is the way in which the surface of the walls appears to be opening up or peeling back to reveal the materials beneath. The walls are made of a mixture of Corian and wood which have been used to create fluid, organic and sculptural elements to the spaces. Walls bulge open to reveal coat pegs, a bookshelf or a door nestled within the underlying fabric of the building. The wood used throughout the office is nutwood, a warm tone that complements the many hues of blue. Lighting is also a very important part of the concept, combining a mix of subtle, recessed ceiling spotlights and low hanging pendants, often hung in clusters. The teardrop-shaped lights are by Benjamin Hopf and Constantin Wortmann and the black pendant lamps are by Ingo Maurer.
Having graduated from both the Kiev National University of Building and Architecture and Moscow’s Academic School of Design, may explain the broad range of design influences on his work. In 1999 he founded “Makhno workshop” in Kiev. Sergey believes that his imaginative vision is ‘a combination of contradictions and creation of artistic mixes from seemingly incompatible things‘. He prefers not to have a rest, but instead to pay a visit to world design exhibitions and antique shops, he is a collector of unusual items such as antique suitcases, eau-fortes (etchings), towels, radio phonographs and scissors.
* Useful Note – Corian®, invented and produced by DuPont, is a solid surface offering superior design possibilities and excellent long-term performance, used both in the home and in many different commercial environments, from hotels to healthcare, retail to marine. With its balance of beauty and performance, Corian® lends itself to imaginative uses, innovative designs and enduring applications. Available in over 100 colours, Corian® can be carved, routed or worked like wood, moulded, thermoformed or inlayed… the design options are almost limitless.