Design: Men Bureau
Location: Kyiv (UA)
Type: Residential
Area: 140 sq m
Year: 2021


JP Residence is the first detached house for a family of two who has long been living in a rental apartment. "We would love to have quiet and a cozy feeling in our new home, fusing an international design sense with Japan's unique aesthetic." This was the wish list our client shared with us.
 

The homeowner adores a quiet, simple, natural, and unsophisticated atmosphere. Accordingly, we used a substantial amount of warm-colored wood and plaster, satisfying the homeowner's needs in a space consisting of 1 bedroom, living room, home office, kitchen, and two bathrooms. We used a big number of circles and arcs to evoke a sense of smoothness; and added rounded corners to various areas of the internal space for visual comfort.

JP Residence by Men Bureau
JP Residence by Men Bureau

The first thing we pay attention to when entering the house is a Lámina pendant lamp by Santa&Cole, with simple and discernible shapes that conceal nothing and show everything. The design of this area evolved around the juxtaposition of simple materials: cherry wood, boticcino marble, and steel, as an accent.
 
We used minimal Arch chairs designed by South Korea-based studio Finder. With their rounded shapes, they continue the lines of the lamp. "Monarch Shiitake Dining Table" by Crate and Barrel company is made using traditional Chinese butterfly joinery to avoid the involvement of nails or screws. This expresses the emerging imperfection of natural materials.
 

The kitchen and bookshelves are made of cherry wood, while shallow niches are decorated with alternating artwork. The materials selected reflect the client's natural and minimalist preferences and need for longevity, durability, and practical use. This residence was made to last, with a very straightforward, authentic, and casual look.

JP Residence by Men Bureau
JP Residence by Men Bureau
JP Residence by Men Bureau
JP Residence by Men Bureau

In addition to maximizing space and creating an environment suitable for comfortable living, the aim was to open up to natural light from all sides. Glazed walls are covered with automated shades that enhance privacy.

The bedroom is enclosed by a pair of wood and glass box. We used a "Tip Top" light by Pandul company with a brushed aluminum finish.

The custom tactile elements and bespoke furniture all act as well-crafted handmade extensions of the home, as an expression of its owners and their aspirations.

JP Residence by Men Bureau
JP Residence by Men Bureau
JP Residence by Men Bureau

The customer's love for traditional Japanese lamps is reflected in the use of the "Hotaru Buoy" pendant light by "TwentyTwentyone" company. We have always loved the simplicity and beauty of Japanese paper lanterns. It has this great diffused light, rather than a lot of other lights that literally can blind you.

Belle Reeve sofa by "De La Espada" represents the perfect unison of traditional craft with an enduring aesthetic that is as modern as it is timeless. Different arm and table options combine with the seat modules to break the symmetry of this versatile sofa, allowing for personalized configurations.

The clutter-free open space is the result of our minimalist approach.

JP Residence by Men Bureau
JP Residence by Men Bureau
JP Residence by Men Bureau

Isolated way of life as a new social behavior has become guarantors of safeness for everyone around us. That's why the home office is a technically equipped space with large windows and comfortable furniture. We really love an iconic "Roy Tavolo" Table Lamp by Viabizzuno for allowing the spaces to be beautifully illuminated without 'intruding' in a room.

Wood "Riva Table" by Kettal and "Woody Endless Straight" light by Roll&Hill brings a simple and elegant perspective to wooden furniture through its modern form language with understated details for a long-lasting expression.

JP Residence by Men Bureau
JP Residence by Men Bureau

Another signature place – the home library – frames the outlook for a quiet place to unplug and read. The home also features a collection of custom pieces Men Bureau designed for the project. This wall ceiling-mounted bookshelf is made without screws or bolts. Instead, the designs are assembled out of wooden poles and marble planes that simply slot together.

We decided to use the same materials throughout the house to ensure that the picture is complete. We used the minimalist design "Muse Sofa" with a side table at one end by Benchmark for cozy and relaxed lounging. "Ginger" light by Marset has a clean line and fits perfectly into this space.

JP Residence by Men Bureau
JP Residence by Men Bureau
JP Residence by Men Bureau
JP Residence by Men Bureau
JP Residence by Men Bureau