Each measuring under 120 square metres, these two L-shaped apartment layouts feature open plan living under peaceful shades of grey, white, black and wood tone. Designed for business professionals, we’re looking at sleek interiors that are aimed to impress and redress the work-life balance. First, we’ll go to observe the thoughtful renovation of a historic space in Moscow, which includes ingenious subspaces and elevated planes. Then, we’ll take off to the Dnipro river in Kyiv, Ukraine, to a part-time yet cosy home of business and pleasure. A welcoming place where new colleagues soon become fast friends. Full floor plans included at the end of each home tour.

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In the very center of Chelyabinsk, Russia, just a few minutes from Revolution Square, we visit a polished city apartment in the desirable Freedom Tower complex. Visualised by Anova Interior Design, this 114 square metre concept explores a high contrast decor scheme. Light frothy champagne tones are challenged by darker tonal elements that bring warmth and maturity. Modern lighting takes on a huge role within the polished contemporary scheme, creating a magical glow that builds an atmosphere of anticipation. Sleek yet uber comfortable modern furniture adds layer upon layer of luxe throughout the apartment, fashioning a welcoming haven away from the speed of the city.

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Classy yet cosy, this modern apartment design is filled with a rich tonal mix of charcoal grey and warm brown decor, visualised by Shubochkini Architects. Situated in the Oasis residential complex, Novosibirsk, Russia, the apartment measures in at a comfortable 78.1 square metres. Wood grain covers much of an open plan living space, texturally linking the lounge and kitchen dining combo as one cohesive visual. White paintwork cools the rest of the room, blanking the backdrop behind neutral contemporary furniture pieces. A touch of teal defines the master bedroom as its own sanctuary, whilst black marble ups the luxe inside a stylish bathroom scheme.

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This alluring 440 square metre two-story apartment, located in the downtown of Dnipro, Ukraine, was created with pleasure in mind. Each space inside the urban home, designed and visualised by Dezest Design, is an oasis where the owners can relax and rejuvenate from city life. Close knit family times are catered for here, but there is also focus on offering the four family members each their own moment of secluded relaxation. The home is a welcoming place for guests, with open plan living/entertaining spaces and plentiful mood lighting. Illumination of basic elements also contributes to the zoning in this home, along with effective multi level ceiling designs.

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Unique decor components make up this 93.5 square metre apartment redesign, by Azovskiy Pahomova, in Dnepr, Ukraine. The new homeowners are a creative young couple with a small child, who wanted their new home to reflect their personality and interests. White painted walls became the neutral backdrop for brighter elements of furniture and decor to become their own works of art. The pale decoration also helped to visually push out the walls, amplify the natural light available, and evoke a refreshingly spacious and airy feel. A large open plan living room design became the heart of the home, where everyone can come together even when doing individual activities in different zones.

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