Architect: Claesson Koivisto Rune
Typology: private residence
Located in Östermalm, one of the most modern and exclusive neighbourhoods in Stockholm, the apartment is housed in a nineteenth-century building. It has been finely restored by architectural studio Claesson Koivisto Rune – an award-winning multi-disciplinary laboratory of architecture and design, and the first in Sweden to exhibit in the international section of the Biennale of Architecture in Venice, in 2004.
The original space has been completely reinvented to ensure continuity: the rooms have been enlarged and the passage between one and the next occurs almost imperceptibly, with a sense of homogeneity accompanied and emphasized by the lighting. The kitchen has merged with the dining room and all the open spaces come together in a single corridor, where soft fabrics conceal the wall cabinets, and also serve to erase the boundaries between the rooms.
These are interiors that the extreme simplicity of the design never renders inflexible, as they naturally lend themselves to different interpretations and uses,at the same time intimate yet convivial. Here a very sophisticated, typically Scandinavian, simplicity reigns, complemented by the use of natural, living and strictly ecological materials, such as the large wooden floorboards and the brass that lights the kitchen and dining room.
The presence of unexpected elements on the walls – a chair rising above the fireplace to become a clock, the stuffed, oversize glasses, moose heads – creates intrigue without astonishment, perfectly set as they are within the harmonious atmosphere of the whole.
Unusual combinations abound, such as in the bathroom, where the walls are covered using the age-old Moroccan technique of tadelakt, traditional in the hammams and bathrooms of the Middle East, and the porcelain chandelier enhances the simple geometry of the In-Out bathtub, here in its island configuration, where it creates a powerfully visual impact.
photography: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer /