Interior Design Destination: Stockholm
Stockholm is the kingdom of cool and contemporary Scandinavian design. During a long weekend in Sweden’s capital, you’re bound to take inspiration from its stylish hotels and designer bars and restaurants. We took a trip to Hotel Riddagarten, nestled in Stockholm’s coolest quarter, and brought back a few ideas to help you get their look at home.
Although Swedish design is most commonly associated with functional furniture and minimalism, Story Hotel Riddagarten breaks some of the rules. The boutique hotel has been described by Mr & Mrs Smith as offering ‘unadulterated urban chic, Swedish style.’ The decor is surprising and striking, with an emphasis on vibrant wall art that lends acid-bright shots of colour to raw concrete walls. Design classics, such as original Ercol butterfly chairs, are set against distressed wallpaper and photographic collages.
In the chic yet unpretentious bar area, mid-century modern furniture is juxtaposed with bare industrial concrete walls. Luxe brass piping is a surprising, and beautiful, addition.
The balcony suite (pictured above) has an offbeat, almost bohemian feel. The wallpaper has been artfully torn away to reveal the irregular texture of raw concrete underneath. We love the contrast between the deliberately unfinished wall and the sleek design of the bedside desk lamps. Other details to spot are the headboard, crafted from an upcycled mahogany door, and the industrial trestle style desk.
Spray-painted chic! In the courtyard of the Story Hotel, vibrantly coloured and specially commissioned graffiti art adorns the walls and metal outdoor furniture. Meanwhile in the hotel’s restaurant, diners are surrounded by eclectic decor, the contrast between rough and luxe continuing throughout.
So, having admired Story Hotel’s effortless blend of mid-century modern design, urban wall art and industrial luxe finishes, we sought out some similar style details for your home.
Consider using brass to contrast with the rough texture of exposed brick walls. We love the timeless style of this satin brass Pencher Wall Light from Copper & Silk.
Satin Brass Pencher Wall Light, £330, Copper & Silk
Add humorous touches to your home with this quirky wall art by Mineheart, available from The French Bedroom Company. The contrast of neon pink against a sober backdrop is sure to catch attention.
Defaced Duchess, from £183, by Mineheart, The French Bedroom Company
This is such a beautiful picture! The distressed wallpaper from Wall&Deco will help you effortlessly channel a raw and industrial look, whilst still incorporating bright colour.
Exa Wallpaper, Wall&Deco
Another easy way to recreate Story Hotel’s look is with these light fittings from The Gifted Few. This neon pink pendant cord has a brass bulb holder. Simply add a vintage-style filament bulb to complete the effect.
Fabric Cable Light Fitting with Brass E27 Lampholder in Bright Pink, £13.95, The Gifted Few
These beautiful screen-printed tiles from Smink Things look effortlessly chic and bohemian, whilst still being suitable for any contemporary home decor.
Wheels, £7.20 per tile, Smink Things
If you’re thinking of investing in a Scandinavian design classic, the Aram Store is currently showcasing this beautiful pairing: a 60th Anniversary Edition of the Series 7 chair. The iconic chair, originally designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, has been giving an elegant modern makeover. Available in either a pale pink (for ‘her’) or a moody dark blue (for him) the Series 7 opposites compliment one another beautifully.
Series 7 60th Anniversary Ed, £523, The Aram Store
We’ve also been keeping up with the new wave of fresh talent coming from Stockholm Furniture and Lighting Fair, which showcases inspiring young designers who could one day follow in the footsteps of greats like Arne Jacobsen. This beautiful cabinet by Frej Wichmann explores fragility and privacy with a winch-controlled curtain. It’s a beautiful exercise in disciplined design.
Frej Wichmann displayed his SIRIDÅ project at the Greenhouse exhibition, Stockholm Furniture Fair 2015. His other work can be viewed here at www.frejwichmann.se
So, what do you think of Stockholm as a design destination? If we’ve inspired you to visit Story Hotel, you can book online at mrandmrssmith.com or by calling the travel team on 0330 100 3180.
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