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June 4, 2014
Though diminutive in size, a Slovenia apartment renovation represents a dramatic result. "Our aim was to adapt this interior to the versatile, ever-changing needs of the modern customer," says architect Lidija Dragisic.
modern living room with built-in shelving and gray sofa and mirror

In recasting a 1,000-square-foot apartment in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Lidija Dragisic of Studio 360 sought to create a modern, adaptable residence. "Small spaces are a big challenge and inspiration," she says. "The goal is to make small areas look and feel big, and to be as useful as much bigger spaces are." Dragisic introduced a raft of built-ins, minimalist furniture, and a detailed lighting plan in this overhaul.

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Dragisic's clients approached her with a vacant apartment that hadn't been updated in quite some time. It was originally divided into a kitchen and dining area, a living space, and bedrooms. She didn't make any significant changes to the floor plan. Instead, Dragisic focused on fixing some architectual elements—like the windows—and refining the interiors. "We aim to achieve more with less, and creatively transform constraint into opportunity because every detail counts," she says.
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living room with white built-in shelves

Dragisic used basic materials and colors throughout the apartment: white for the custom shelving, charcoal gray for the sofa from Cor, and oak for the furniture and flooring. "This approach allowed the residents the freedom of doing any additional decorations (art, colored cushions, carpets, accessories etc.) without disrupting the overall design-statement," she says.

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renovated small space apartment with white built-in shelving
Illumination was key to creating the apartment's atmosphere. Dragisic incorporated indirect LED lighting into the furniture elements in addition to deploying pendants and ceiling sconces. "We wanted to create different lighting situations and atmosphere options that the users could easily change, depending on their current needs," she explains. "At the same time, its very important to be functional in every scenario."
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modern living room with gray sofas and white built-in shelving
Dragisic custom designed the coffee table in the living area. "The furniture along the walls is in a neutral white and features a geometrical pattern, which magnifies the flat’s ambiance," she says.
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renovated apartment with white cabinets and wood dining table

Saya chairs by Arper surround an eleven-foot-long table of Dragisic's own design in the dining room.

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dining room in renovated slovenia apartment

The pendants overhead are from Artemide.

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modern living room with built-in shelving and gray sofa and mirror

In recasting a 1,000-square-foot apartment in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Lidija Dragisic of Studio 360 sought to create a modern, adaptable residence. "Small spaces are a big challenge and inspiration," she says. "The goal is to make small areas look and feel big, and to be as useful as much bigger spaces are." Dragisic introduced a raft of built-ins, minimalist furniture, and a detailed lighting plan in this overhaul.

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