Personal MicrocosmBy: Patrik Florián Photo: Vojtěch Veškrna
In the following pages you will be able to visit a young well-travelled creative. Michal Váhala bought his first real estate less than a year ago, yet his small flat in Holešovice, Prague is not lacking character. The views resemble the industrial period of the First Republic and the unorthodox reconstruction endowed interiors with personal touch. The energetic contrast of pulsating youth and zen peace moved in with the current owner.
After years of studying and working in London and Paris, Michal Váhala decided to move back to the Czech Republic and Prague was his obvious destination. He discovered his dream home on the fourth floor in an apartment building from the First Republic in the middle of Holešovice district. “I wished for a flat in the centre of events and Prague 7 seemed ideal. It is a progressive and dynamic area, my office is nearby and there is so much going on. I was on a flat hunt for a relatively long time, I wanted an open space, something unique and with a story as many of the new buildings seem to be lacking character. And this flat had a potential, which immediately struck me,” Michal recalls.
No wonder, the previous owners already did quite a lot of work on the 54 square metres. They opened up the ground plans and created a number of cleverly hidden storage spaces. The renovation was done without a fear of change, which proves for example an elevated platform by the kitchen window, where Michal placed his dining table. In an instant, this became his favourite spot for reading, dining and work.
Further radical changes of the flat were not necessary, its new master simply changed the furniture, painted the walls in petroleum green and replaced the lights. “I enjoy actively working with light, it cannot be too little or too much. When I need to focus, I prefer stronger white lighting, however, I enjoy the warm and less intense light from many smaller sources much more, it helps me create a pleasant atmosphere.”
Following this philosophy he illuminated the living room with Spacey chandelier from the designer Lukáš Novák. “Spacey has an organic structure and perfectly complements the dark wood with colour. In a way, my flat is like a modern chalet in the city, a small sanctuary, and this solitaire is its jewel.”
Michal also fell in love with a table lamp from the same collection, which moves around the flat like a planet in its orbit. The rest is taken care of by nature herself. Windows face both east and west – the sun wakes up in the flat, its beams together with the Czech crystal make joyful reflections creating a play of shadows on the walls and toward the evening it slowly disappears on the horizon.