Blique by Nobis is a contemporary hotel in Stockholm situated between the up-and-coming Hagastaden district and the Vasastaden gallery quarter. This modernist landmark has been reborn as a springboard to the Swedish capital’s arts scene and a natural nucleus for local and traveling creatives.
Housed within a 1930s warehouse originally designed for Philips by acclaimed architect Sigurd Lewerentz, Blique by Nobis has been reaniminated by modern design master Gert Wingårdh. The contemporary urban hotel is now an unrivalled community hub for design, architecture, visual arts, food, and music.
Wingårdh has ensured that the architectural integrity of the original structure remains intact, with a design concept defined by an augmented industrial aesthetic that artfully combines raw steel, concrete, and exposed metal pipework. Timeless natural materials such as leather and oak, as well as tactile textures like velvet and wool, have been layered onto this industrial base to create interiors that are unapologetically urban, yet warm and welcoming.
Italian design pieces have been woven into the aesthetic, including the couches and armchairs by De Padova that are found throughout the public areas. However, it is Nordic design that stands centerstage—from Fogia Tiki sofas in the lobby to the classic CH47 chairs found in Boketto restaurant, designed by Danish visionary Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn.
Blique, a member of Design Hotels, boasts 249 guestrooms, ranging from 10 to 66 square metres, which have been meticulously planned by Wingårdh to combine space efficient solutions with the beauty of artisanal craftsmanship. A soothing palette of greys complements the rooms’ industrial elements, while wool carpets and the use of leather, textiles, and wood add warmth and comfort. The luxurious bathrooms are outfitted in white Terrazzo flecked with amber.
The airy, inclusive lobby houses the Origo lounge bar which is the creative hub and urban living room of Blique by Nobis. An open stairwell leads down to Boketto, the hotel’s subterranean restaurant and bar. Boketto offers a modern dining experience in an elegant and urban setting with a menu that is inspired by European and Asian food culture. Blique’s top floor is home to Arc, a fusion restaurant specializing in Scandinavian seafood and Korean cuisine.
Photography courtesy of Design Hotels™.