The office of the “Firma” architectural design studio is situated in a converted apartment within an early twentieth-century building in Sarajevo, dating back to the Austro-Hungarian era. The interior of the studio of around 65m2 comprises an enfilade of two rooms, along with a small kitchen and toilette. The principal design objectives were based on the idea of creating a bright and “optimistic” space, by using white, reflective surfaces and mirrors, which both amplify natural lighting and visually enlarge the relatively small space. The monochromatic colour scheme (black and white) within the interior provides a neutral background for a workplace such as an architectural office, but it also provides a high degree of contrast with the views out of the window – the slate and brick of the rooftops and chimneys of the neighbouring buildings.
Neutral materials were chosen, complemented by custom -made furniture, creating a refreshing contrast and adding an elegant timelessness to the space, leaving a freedom of flexibility for further changes to the floor plan. Several indirect lights highlight the space in a very simple way. The only decorative elements within the space are Iris Maschek’s wallpapers. The floor finish is white oak parquet. The ceiling is designed in two layers, creating a clear line of indirect light.