Hanna Karits creates wood-lined interior for Estonian holiday home

Interior architect Hanna Karits used natural materials throughout this holiday home in Estonia‘s Moonsund archipelago to create a soothing environment that references the surrounding forest.

Drawing influences from the work of one of her favourite architects, Frank Lloyd Wright, Tallinn-based Karits created an interior that combines clean lines with warm wooden surfaces and carefully crafted cabinetry.

Estonian holiday home with black facade
Hanna Karits has designed the interior for a holiday home in Estonia

“I decided to use wood in many different ways but give extra care to the details and connections between different materials,” the designer told Dezeen.

Karits’ design was guided by a basic brief given by the client, in which she was asked to create an interior for the home by architect Linda Veski and make wood the dominant material.

Facade of rectilinear house by Hanna Karits
It is located in a forest in the Moonsund archipelago

While referencing the work of Wright, her design is also informed by mid-century modernist summer houses, which feature bright and minimal wood-lined living spaces.

“I have always felt comfort in these buildings,” added Karits. “So my idea was to blend these emotions together and create something airy and spacious but at the same time really human-friendly, safe and relaxing.”

Estonian holiday home with wood-lined terrace
The home is intended as a relaxing getaway

The house is situated on an island in the archipelago off Estonia’s west coast, where the local landscape consists of limestone cliffs, beaches and dense forests.

It is intended as a relaxing getaway where its owners can enjoy peace and fresh air in natural surroundings. The interior design aims to immerse them in the woodland setting, creating a place that feels warm and comforting during the long, cold winters.

Wood-lined interior in spacious neutral bedroom
Karits designed an “airy and spacious” interior for the home

The building is constructed from a wooden frame and cross-laminated timber panels, with thermally-treated ash wood chosen to line the internal surfaces.

Complementing the wooden elements, the other main material used inside the house is Estonian limestone, which is applied on the floors of the kitchen, dining area and circulation spaces.

The single-storey building is entered via a central porch that connects with a corridor spanning the full width of the house. This hallway provides access to a row of bedrooms at the front and the living spaces towards the rear.

A courtyard between the corridor and the lounge area is lined with full-height glazing that allows plenty of daylight to enter the interior.

Hanna Karits-designed bespoke cabinetry in kitchen of Estonian holiday home
Wooden finishes are used throughout

The open-plan living, dining and kitchen area incorporates large windows that look out onto the forest, with sliding doors providing access to a generous decked terrace.

A wood-clad ceiling in the living room creates a cosy and intimate feel despite its large volume. Wooden ceilings can also be found in the bedrooms.

Living space of Estonian holiday home with grey furniture
Carpets from the 1930s have been used to add colour and texture

Bespoke cabinetry developed in collaboration with local craftspeople is integrated throughout the home.

Careful attention was paid to elements such as the wooden door handles to ensure they are ergonomic and pleasing to touch, while maintaining a simple and minimal aesthetic.

Carpets originally created in the 1930s by Estonian designers including Adamson Erik, Kaarin Luts and Viida Pääbo are placed throughout to add colour and texture while celebrating the country’s lesser-known design heritage.

Outdoor terrace area with table and chairs
The design aims to connect the interior with the surrounding landscape

Karits has been working as an interior architect in Estonia for more than a decade.

Her previous projects include a summer retreat on Estonia’s Matsi Beach comprising a pair of gabled black cabins surrounded by old fishing sheds.

The photography is by Tõnu Tunnel.

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