Salvaging a 19th Century building, that once was a stable and a troop hall, in central Stockholm says something about your vision. It speaks to the respect and acknowledgment of the past and how you pursue pushing the envelope by embracing it. Serving as consultants in industrial design, product design, packaging design, art direction, consumer insight and architecture, No Picnic had to unfold a space that allows for creative exploration, diverse prototyping and absolute comfort. Although building an environment within a protected building is no easy task, Swedish duo Elding Oscarson, saw the opportunity to create ingenious ways to occupy and divide the interior envelope.
The program asked for large, open office spaces, prototype rooms, project rooms and a striking customer area. In order to achieve such compartmentalization, the architect used an old trick to divide while making the space seem bigger, a reflective aluminum wall. This division not only makes the space feel bigger but also allows the exterior light to bounce off the interior, washing the entire office with natural light. Carrying this thought of maximizing the space, Elding Oscarson placed a spiral staircase at the intersection of two walls to access the mezzanine and keep an ample open floor plate below.
Dentist Mattias Fierbiger chose the space for his new dental office; an old dancing studio in a historical art deco building. The space had high ceilings with magnificent stucco detailing and beautiful oak wood flooring. Though Dr. Fierbiger had a vision for his soon to be office, he decided to call in design enthusiasts Peter Ippolito and Gunter Fleitz of Ippolito Fleitz Group to take charge of the interiors.
The dental office is called Weissraum Dental Surgery, Weissraum meaning white space, which became a driving force for the interior design. All of the historical detailing was kept intact and carefully touched up while hints of gold were added for the feeling of opulence. The waiting room is decked out in unique modern furniture, gold shelving punched into the white walls, and white sheers wrapping the space, reminiscent of a modern lounge to give the feel of hospitality and service.
Throughout the rest of the space fluorescent tube lighting is not only used as a source of light but also a repetitious design element. The office walls are made of glass which is treated with a tiny mirror grid towards which gets tighter towards the center to make the space private. People passing by the outside of the office would only be able to see the flooring and the stunning ceilings.
Designed with a holistic attitude, together with a certain amount of eccentricity, Nobis Hotel is a contemporary 5-star hotel, The extravagant Gold Bar, the French-inspired 24/7 bistro, the generous lounge, the Italian trattoria Caina on the floor below, the relax area clad entirely in marble and the conference section with its original wooden panelling reserved have each been given a distinctly different character. Despite this, each space flows into the next so that the spatial context is strong, The colour scheme and lighting design is also warm and subdued throughout. We call it Scandinavian dark blond. Another recurring theme is subtle patterns, in many cases derived from our own abstracted architectural drawings. Like the corridor carpeting and the wallpaper in the conference section. Apart from the fixed interior features like, for example, the reception desk in rusted shipping steel, a large number of new furniture designs, textiles and lamps have been developed specifically for the hotel.
Nobis Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden by Claesson Koivisto Rune
Osaka-based studio, atelier KUU has designed Chico, a hyper minimalist pet store located in Shizuoka Japan. centered around an enlarged and simplified dog house – a motif that is repeated through the space – the design features thick intersecting planes of exposed concrete and smooth white surfaces. Large frameless windows cut through the exterior walls and open onto a small green lawn that doubles as a dog park during business hours. Accessed through a miniature kennel-shaped door, dogs are given free-reign to both the store and the green space out front while their owners shop around.
The reform has been approached as a search for the most intrinsic characteristics of the actual construction, while the building is freed of additions, surface elements and recent reforms, interpreting the old elements not so much through an historical optic as through their architectural qualities. Alemanys 5 is situated in the oldest part of Girona’s Barri Vell (Old District) inside the area of the first ramparts. Its location on calle Alemanys is special as it stands in front of one of the old fates of the wall, the Rufina gate, which provides views from the house to the convent of Sant Domènec and from there to the house, with the vision of the Cathedral as a backdrop. Although it is difficult to determine the antiquity of the built bodies, the most important reform dates from the sixteenth century. It later underwent many other reforms and additions that disfigured the original volumetry. The project is organised around the two centrelines that structure the floor plan. The staircase has been shifted to place it next to the lift, in the interstitial space between the two directional lines of the centrelines. This space is configured as the hinge that generates the entire layout. The refurbishment has been undertaken with very few materials: iron, concrete and oak wood. The forgings are exposed. They are in concrete with wooden shuttering, or wooden beams and beam fillings for the roof. Lintels and crowning of the stone walls are executed in steel sheeting one centimetre thick.
Young, single, businessman and DJ. The owner of this apartment, located in the west side of São Paulo, wanted to keep living near his company and at the same time grant his new house all the modernity that represents this moment of his life. The property, a typical apartment of the 80’s, was literally put down and rebuilt from scratch. All partitions, that limited the rooms, were removed. The toilets and two bedrooms were kept for structural reasons. Some windows were also eliminated, to create the concept of a box in which the illumination plus wall and floor coverings would create a three-dimensional effect, like in a night club. All the illumination was designed using leds, featuring no other light source in the whole apartment. Besides the scenographic effect, the illumination presents a great energy saving combined with a high luminous efficiency. The walls and ceiling were built with plasterboard and then covered with polymer cement. The kitchen, integrated to the living room, occupies the area that was previously designed for corridors and lavatory. All the woodwork was designed by the architect and one of the great aspects of the project’s interior design was the “high-low” effect, that is, great insights with very low costs. For example, the DJ table, is actually an aluminum ladder that gained a new interpretation. The whole furniture line follows an unassuming style, inspired in the 70’s.
Glenn and Justin Lamont have designed a set of milking stools and matching table with shaped spun metal tops.
Spun Stools, Spun Dining Table, by Glenn and Justin Lamount, LifeSpaceJourney
Led by Yoshiyuki Moriyama, Tokyo architectural firm Baqueratta specializes in building modern minimalist small and medium-sized residences. RA House is a house with impressive views.
RA House, by Yoshiyuki Moriyama, Baqueratta
With the new studio at Sankt Eriksgatan 106, Form Us With Love intends to create a vibrant space for design in Stockholm. FUWL plans for exhibitions, lectures and a pop-up shop.
The design studio is divided into three levels: an office, studio and workshop. The interior was completed in October and takes its inspiration from the gallery world, mixed with industrial facilities and lego.
Form Us With Love Studio, Sankt Eriksgatan 106, Stockholm, Sweden
Photography by Jonas Lindström