When Olga Sladkova and Roman Drahan set out to redesign their flat in Kyiv, they wanted their home to reflect their values. The IT specialists moonlight at sustainable start-ups (think metal straws and recycled-wood toothbrushes), volunteer and attend environmental protests. Through an article in The Village Ukraine, the two discovered local studio Hi Atelier — which had recently revamped the media outlet’s offices with vintage furnishings and recycled materials — and knew they had landed in the right place.

Entrance to the Koti Apartment in Kyiv

Wall panels and decorative beams, both made of solid ash, convey the feeling of “a walk in nature.”

With just 55 square metres to work with, the studio was tasked with designing a simple, uncluttered space with…

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