Studio Only Design fashions an artistic lair in Slovenia that’s an architectural oxymoron

SEP 9, 2020 | By Sakshi Rai
A frenzy of patterns are mix and matched on the lower level; Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk
Upstairs, daylight streams in through large, arched windows, illuminating the Baroque sculptures of angels as well as the 17th century sculpture depicting a robber; Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk
The roomy workshop on the upper level displays the owner's artworks; Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk

Studio Only Design’s creative leads Olga Sedova and Prohor Mashukov’s portfolio of interior works often stands out for the distinct character and personality each project imbibes. With this project too, the duo have transformed an aged residence, built in 1887, into one that’s an ironic and complex play of colours, textures and artefacts.

Located over a hilly terrain in the Slovenian village of Lubno, the property was conceptualised as a home for an artist couple—Nikolay Mashukov and his wife Maria Bersan-Mashuk. It seemed only fitting then for the design practice to derive its central inspiration and style from one of the owner’s art series.

Titled Black and White, the collection of artworks explored the principles of binarity. But rather than just layering dark and light references, Sedova and Mashukov chose to effuse the entire residence with interactive and intertwining contrasts of both these tones.

Under the crystal chandelier is a stately setting that features chairs from different eras, purchased from Italian antique markets; Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk

“Indeed, the comparison of these two shades is present in all details, ranging from striped colours of ceramic sculptures and ending with the division of the house into two conventional zones—a dark bottom and a light top,” shares Sedova. 

A dual colour palette is evident in the artworks as well as the eclectic tabletop accessories; Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk

Styled by Natalia Onufreichuk, the home is a curated composition of statement artefacts, crafts and sculptural pieces created by the owners. These include a porcelain mirror frame, paintings, a pedestal and even the kitchen tiles. “The clients are old souls at heart and love all things vintage and valuable. Therefore, we carefully sourced bespoke pieces from antique stores or flea markets,” explains Mashukov.

Sculptures from different art periods and of vintage styles are placed in the abode; Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk

It isn’t only the furniture that adds to the grandeur of this space, it’s also exquisite details. Take, for example, the intricately carved ceiling by Viktor Logvinov, paintings by Maria Bersan-Mashuk, natural stone and ceramic surfaces, and African iroko wood floors.

A Baroque era-inspired sculpture is custom made according to the designer’s sketches. It rests atop African iroko wooden floors; Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk

The lower level preserves its heritage, including its small windows and low ceilings. It houses a canteen, kitchen and a bedroom. This dense and decadent allure of this floor is further amplified by the designer duo with the help of a deep green hue painted on the walls. Overhead, perched on the carved ceiling by Viktor Logvinov, are paintings of angels by Maria Bersan-Mashuk that appear to guide the way—symbolic perhaps of the bright haven that awaits upstairs.

The carved wooden ceiling by Viktor Logvinov features paintings by Maria Bersan-Mashuk Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk

Staying true to the underlying theme of the home, the attic-turned-upper unit is bathed in sunlight. It is refurbished as a workshop and gallery space with large windows and a merged layout to house more spacious rooms. The walls here were kept white to keep the attention on the art featured on this level. Overall, we feel the setting illustrates a laconic representation of paradise.

Scroll below to see more images of Studio Only Design’s artistic Slovenian apartment…

Nikolai Mashukov’s Eve artwork is seen next to a Baroque sculpture of Saint Janos the Confessor; Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk


Transitory spaces in the residence are lined with pillar mounted figurines; Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk


A vintage styled, carved oak sideboard sets the tone for the rest of the kitchen decor; Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk


The bedroom is done up with Viennese furniture including the wooden bed and cherry nightstand. A tapestry showcasing a modern rendition of a Renaissance artwork hangs on one wall; Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk


An intricate patterned floral wallpaper covers the back wall and continues onto the ceiling. On the left is a wooden sculpture of Virgin Mary; Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk


Bespoke staircase balustrades are made using African iroko wood by Viktor Logvinov. The landing is characterised by a 17th century sculpture of Christ; Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk


The upper floor is dedicated completely as a gallery and workspace; Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk


A quirky chandelier with ceramic extensions made by Nikolay Mashukov hangs above a custom curated selection of carpet and upholstery fabrics; Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk


Close-up of the 17th century sculpture of a robber. Behind it is a Baroque angel statue; Photographs by Sergey Krasyuk