Interior Design
Architects: Slava Balbek, Vika Didych, Yuliia Barsuk, Alina Vovkotrub, Serhii Havrylov
Project Managers: Kateryna Karelshtein, Anton Lebediev, Anna Viktorova
Project Area: 375 sq. m
Project Year: 2022
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Photo credits: Andrey Bezuglov, Maryan Beresh
Relogged is a private residential house located in the green zone on the Dnipro riverbank. Constructed using log cabin technique, it was redesigned by our studio to better align with the client's style and way of living.
The project's name, Relogged, refers to its main objective, which is to reinterpret the log cabin concept. It also plays with the vibe of the location – a place where nature and comfortable, tranquil living converge.

While exploring examples of redesigned log cabins, we couldn't find any references that matched our preferences and overall vision. Therefore, we decided to trust our intuition.
We opted for a contrasting solution for the dark wood on the walls – light wall panels and textiles, neutral concrete flooring, and a simple, minimalist geometry.
 As for the overall interior concept, the client's stylistic reference was Rick Owens' apartment in the Italian city of Concordia – grungy, brutal, and utilitarian.
The client's first request was a complete departure from the classic aesthetics of the log house. During the discussions, a decision was made to adapt the log house to a modern design while preserving the exposed wood inside the rooms. This decision was also technically motivated – fully covering the wood would have been problematic due to the movement of the house's timber. As the owners rent the house, we had to implement our ideas with minimal effort – using pinpoint construction changes and through furniture and interior solutions.
The exterior of the log house was dark in color, so we decided to unify the color and tone of the wood inside with a dark shade. In the search for the perfect option, we tested different colors and determined the right amount of layers until we achieved the desired effect. Before staining, the entire log surface was sanded. Additionally, we removed as many trimmed beams from the log structure as possible to make the lines and geometry appear cleaner.
The entrance to the living area is designed as a glass vestibule. Symmetrical stairs in the grand hall lead to the second floor. The staircase structure is a wooden-clad metal console. In line with the overall concept of minimalist design and clear geometry of elements, as well as the client's request, the stairs are without handrails.
To the left of the entrance is a home theater. There is a step at the entrance since there used to be a garage with a different floor level, making the theater area recessed.
 According to the client's suggestion, the walls are paneled with plywood. The metal cabinets in the theater are custom-made based on the bureau's sketches and are also placed in other rooms of the house, acting as unifying elements in the interior.
The passage from the home theater leads to the kitchen. In contrast to wood, the kitchen furniture is adorned with metal to add a sense of technology and modernity to the interior. The large kitchen island is made of concrete, and the kitchen chairs are vintage.
The spacious living room has windows overlooking the Dnipro River. Opposite the entrance to the house, there is a fireplace covered with concrete panels. The walls are finished with plaster imitating concrete. Microcement is used for the flooring throughout the house.
 The living room’s centerpiece is a large sofa from the propro furniture brand.
Near the fireplace area, there are vertical metal shelves for a substantial library and a cozy reading chair. For convenience, the shelves are equipped with movable metal stairs.
The dining area and the cabinet are to the right of the main hall. We removed the walls between the living room, kitchen, and dining area, merging them into an open space, while preserving the original log beams.
The walls of the house display paintings from the client's private collection. The interior furniture is a combination of the designer's suggestions and vintage pieces collected by the client.
During the process, most windows were replaced, except for the large frontal window spanning two floors. Additional vertical windows were added to the dining area and cabinet to bring in more natural light and add dynamism to the space.
On the second floor, to the right of the stairs, is the primary bedroom with a wardrobe and a bathroom. We added another symmetrical window in the ceiling to let more natural light into the bedroom. As per the client's request, the bedroom walls are paneled with wood, using wooden veneer wall panels, which helped to separate the bedroom from other rooms in the house stylistically and improved sound insulation.
Behind a glass partition with an arched door, the bathroom begins, equipped with handmade tiles made according to our own design. In addition to the classic bathtub, there are two showers, a marble sink with two faucets, and a toilet that is hidden away. The washing machine and dryer were placed in the laundry room, while the boiler and the water purification system are concealed in closets.
The large bed was custom-made, initially considering an all-metal design, but ultimately a more practical option was chosen with a wide metal cabinet. Vintage lamps complement the interior, and a large mirrored screen is placed opposite the bed. The radiators were also replaced in the rooms with metal ones, fitting the overall style.
In contrast to the wooden walls and log texture, the bathrooms are decorated in a simple and modern style with a microcement finish.
To the left of the stairs are two children's bedrooms with a shared bathroom. Both children's rooms feature soft zones based on a similar principle. The "nook" and the bed with soft upholstery were custom-made based on our designer's sketches. We added wardrobes and metal shelves in the rooms. The second-floor rooms presented challenges with the floor level due to the nature of the wooden structure in such houses.
Relogged became a pleasant escapade for us into an unfamiliar territory, allowing us to work on rethinking a rather established and traditional form of a log cabin. The project also reminded us of the value of creative collaboration – thanks to the ideas and suggestions from our client, we created a space with character.