Interview with OnPoint Designs

It's not every day that we are asked to give an interview but that's exactly what happened to us a in October 2016. Today a little story about our very first project at SEES popped up on the front page of www.onpointdesigns.com.au

We are grateful and honoured! 

THE GRANIIDI PROJECT BY SEES INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE

When we consider nordic architecture our minds drift toward natural materials. That is exactly what Interiors Architect Tuuliki Sirokova was inspired by in her recent project ‘Graniidi.’

The Graniidi project, a historic building in the heart of Estonia’s capital, was reduced to a shell before being converted into prime real estate. Upcycling materials helped to reduce waste, cost and maintain the tight schedule for this home. The design lends itself to the use of exposed materials. Tuuliki combines the raw with a modern minimalist style to meet the clients brief, however it didn’t come without challenges. “Finding a perfect staircase was very tricky, the space was very small and we eventually had to custom build a concrete staircase,” she explains.

The interior was kept simple using the black concrete staircase to draws you from the ground floor to the light filled living areas. The timber splash back in the kitchen compliments the modern appliances and sleek lines, and the living area is finished with simplistic yet sleek décor.

The rough plastered walls in the bathroom and powder room bridges the gap between old and new, and the rough finish mirrors the raw elements of the timber. “I wanted to be ‘honest’ to the building by not covering all the historical details behind tiles and plaster.”

By revealing select elements of the original structure, Tuuliki achieved a home which stays true to its historic origin while incorporating a modern yet eco-friendly finish.

So we ask what is next for Sees interior architecture? Being a firm carer about the wellbeing of their client and the environment, Tuuliki is very excited about finishing up one of their biggest and most eco-friendly projects to date.

TUULIKI SIROKOVA

Even from an early age, Tuuliki knew she wanted to be an architect. “I was fortunate enough to live in the countryside, where building small makeshift huts in the forest from early age was my favourite thing to do.”

Tuuliki studied architecture at the Estonian Academy of Arts and at the Aalto University in Finland. She then worked in Stuttgart for Lederer Ragnarsdottir Oei and for Swiss property, specialising in high-end residential designs. She moved back home to work as a freelance architect on home renovations and extension.

From little things, big things grow, and now the architect is converting historic buildings into eco-friendly designer homes.

TADELAKT

At SEES we write stories and create palettes to show you what inspires us.

This selection of images from various artists and designers illustrate some of our preferred qualities in space.

 

TADELAKT

What is it?

A traditional Moroccan tadelakt (pronounced tadla:kt) plaster is used for water resistant surfaces as finishing and is gaining popularity in both Europe and Australia.

Historically, the Moroccan tadelakt was used only the city of Marrakesh. The nature offered there in essence an already prepared finishing material. It was burned, extinguished and then used directly as plaster. This type of polishing has a very high surface density, corresponding to modern high-quality concrete surfaces.1

Where to use?

Nowadays, tadelakt is often used to replace bathroom tiles on walls and floors. It is used also in sinks, baths and even as a coating of the tables, creating special and unique surfaces. The glow of tadelakt surface is charming and attractive. Particularly impressive is the feel of the surface to the touch.

Tadelakt is indeed something very original and imperceptible. The way in which it is created with a small stone leaves the surface slightly wavy, alive and naturally glossy. The surface colour doesn' t stay as constant as with other rendering materials. The look depends on the surface treatment - the place of stronger compression results in a darker, deeper hue. Also, various lighting conditions affect the tone of the surface differently each time, representing a unique tactile "handwriting" masterpiece.

This all makes SEES dream of all the possibilities in interior design:

Recipe of the luxurious finish?

Time, knowledge and skills.

The powder is mixed with cold water to a thick paste and tinted with permanent pigments. Plaster is applied in two layers, both approximately 2 mm thick. After solidification it is smoothed by the trowel, compacted and polished with a stone (basalt, agate, granite or other highly dense and porous stones) in circular motion. Tadelakt must harden as long as it can before polishing. The surface is covered with olive oil soap after 24 hours and polished again. This results in a lightweight silk matt sheen which is important for water resistance.1

Maintenance?

Tadelakt surfaces should be cleaned with a soft cloth or sponge. It is recommended to add olive oil soap into the wash water. As for regular contact with water (baths, sinks, shower stalls) it is recommended to maintain the surface every 3 months.2

 

Referenced literature:

1  http: //www.safran.ee/tadelakt/

2 http://viimistluse.ee/teenused/tadelakt/