The Urban Habitat group provided a full turnkey solution to House Björnstad’s two architectural owners. Despite the apartment’s limited size, House Björnstad is now a chic yet comfortable space.


A fresh look, clean-cut feel and a sense of space exemplifies the refurbished Björnstad apartment.

The sleek kitchen leads into a tastefully decorated lounge area. Dark grey feature walls contrast with the kitchen’s stark white cupboards, while the warm red brick of the rear wall adds an eye-catching and unique texture. African print throws and the unusual Johannesburg-skyline coat rack are expressions of the owners’ distinct sense of style. The room’s north facing windows flood the room with morning sun, where the family cat lies spread eagled in the warmth. With the simple, grey eyelet curtains drawn, the lounge becomes a snug and intimate space. Throws and pillows add comfort in the chilly evenings. With a gas stove and inverters installed, House Björnstad becomes a comfortable haven even when there may be power interruptions.

The kitchen makes the most of the available space, with clever use of built-in cupboards and tailor-made recesses for kitchen appliances. A central island affords the opportunity for multi-functional use. Pendant lights contrast with the practical LED down lighters and provide softened lighting throughout the open-plan living area. A narrow desk separates the kitchen from the lounge and allows for a workspace that is integrated into family living. Beautiful potted orchids add a splash of colour to the room and break the angular lines.

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