The design of the 175-square-metre apartment is based on the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, a philosophy derived from Buddhist teachings that accepts transience and imperfection, and celebrates natural objects and processes.
Designed by Kiev-based architect Sergey Makhno for his own family, the home boasts a roof terrace, an open-plan living, kitchen and dining area, and numerous pieces of furniture designed specifically for the apartment by Makhno.
A palette of dark colours and rough textures has been used to foster a calm and meditative mood.
"Wabi-sabi aesthetics is the core of a design concept," explain the practice. "The interior shows respect for the old elements."
Oak beams were installed in the open-plan living room to create the appearance of a traditional Japanese home. Makhnos' collection of Cucuteni-Trypillian ceramics – a Neolithic–Eneolithic archaeological culture that existed between 5200 to 3500 BC in Eastern Europe – represent the architect's Ukrainian heritage.
"At the age of 12 I was engaged in karate, and since then Japanese culture has become a part of me and my inner aesthetics," explained Makhno. "I appreciate its laconism, natural materials, rough textures. The truth in simplicity – it's what my apartment is about."