There’s a sophistication to black and white that’s undeniably modern, as you’ll see in Bergovaya, by the Russian firm Geometrix Design. Another key element is the bold use of a swirling paisley on the floor between the dining area and living area. Not only does it function as virtual carpet, but it holds a polished sheen that in turn bounces off storage units in black, and a dining table in glass. Then, the designers ingeniously soften the black-and-white edges — with vivid color. An exuberant purple loveseat holds pride of place; blue lighting casts the entire living room in that hue. A paisley-“carpeted” hallway bears a white-and-glass hall table and black wall — plus a subtle violet lampshade. And what is that color bouncing off a sleek dining room chair…but pink?
Violet, blue, and pink — the barest pastel in the last case — serve to soften the apartment’s starkness and make it appear brighter, more welcoming and warm. And that effect is only heightened with the pleasant glow of a roaring fire in the almost-invisibly-framed fireplace. Throughout, as befits a contemporary setting, the look is uncluttered: the kitchen sink is the sole appliance visible in an eating area. Yet the apartment manages to avoid the sterile look so common — and so unfortunate — in contemporary settings; whether it’s the gilt-edged old-fashioned mirrors or the plump little ottomans here and there, there’s just enough “playful” in this space to feel “lived-in” — and a success as both a contemporary design and an inviting home.