A few years ago, Lithuanian design studio Gyva Grafika was asked to renovate a local restaurant’s bathroom without removing its tiles. Their solution? Put in windows for really small people.
The brilliant redesign involved a bit of imagination. Instead of replacing the tiles, the studio reinterpreted the surface as a building façade. Using photos of Soviet-era apartment block windows, the designers printed out stickers which they stuck on each tile.
The result brings the mundane wall to life, making it interactive and teeming with scenes of everyday life. For instance, one window shows a cat looking outside, while another depicts a laundry hanging to dry.
In an interview with Hyperallergic, Gyva Grafika’s Tadas Simkus revealed that his childhood was the source of renovation concept.
“And those old brown tiles, they just resembled those façades that I grew up with,” he said. “The idea just happened. Have you noticed, that a lot of great ideas just happen when sitting on the toilet?”
The stickers have become so popular that some customers even peel them off the wall to take home. To address this problem, Gyva Grafika’s is now selling stickers on their website.
“There will be stickers and real tiles with direct UV printing available,” added Simkus. “These façades are becoming extinct with all the EU-sponsored renovation projects, but we still have time to say a proper goodbye.”