Location: Kyiv
Type: Showroom
Area: 85 m2
Year: 2020
Design: Rina Lovko
Photo: Yevhenii Avramenko
Ruslan Baginskiy is a famous Ukrainian milliner whose headwear brand is known all over the world. The Baginskiy Showroom is located in Kyiv, Ukraine, at 33 Pushkinska Street in a historical building built 1895-1896. It was important to undertake a renovation of the store, and Ruslan approached the RinaLovko studio for the project.
Whilst Ruslan Baginskiy's team is originally from Lviv, the cultural capital of western Ukraine, they live and work in Kyiv, and consider Paris their "third" home. This formed the starting point of the project for the client - to combine the atmosphere of these amazing cities and to transfer it to the project space. Thus, as is typical in European cities, it was decided to to create a showroom in the style of a designer residential apartment.
The visual emphasis is on the central mirror in the main room. The mirror makes the room bigger and allows customers to see themselves in full height while trying on and choosing headwear. It reflects the cubes and shelves that fill the space of the showroom.

The cubes are custom-made and decorated with lime plaster, visually reminiscent of Lviv houses covered with limestone. Among the cubes, one can find marble blocks that Rina and Ruslan found in a marble retail warehouse. In order to make a unique texture, we added crumbs of quartz to the paint.
In addition, our team paid great attention to the furniture in the showroom: black armchairs made by Lviv carpenters according to old drawings, a vintage brass mirror and chest of drawers brought from Switzerland, and a bench in the hallway found at a flea market in France.

A central focus in our design is the display table with a textured surface, on which the product stands out. When we designed the project we calculated the number of hats and the surface area required for which to make compositions from collections.
We painted the shelves and walls in ash tint.
The room we worked with was filled with history. To retain the old time we kept the existing molding and invited an artist to enhance its features by drawing the depth of the patterns' shadows and produce a worn-out effect. The inherited parquet floor was restored and covered with a transparent lacquer. We emphasised the arched windows with smoothing corners as it was done in the past.
A custom-made elegant wooden chandelier «Spirits» by Vasya Grublyak.
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