HIGH CULTURE
Homes & Gardens|November 2021
The beautiful coming together of Italian and French mid-century pieces and exquisite marbles and textures lends a luxe international flavour to this Stockholm apartment
RACHEL LEEDHAM

SITTING ROOM

A pair of works by American post-war artist Dan Ray hangs above a vintage Italian sideboard. Vintage Melchiorre Bega sideboard, try VNTG. Vintage Oscar Torlasco table lamp, try Vinterior. White sculpture, Bert Van Hoecke Interiors

MEDIA ROOM

Bespoke storage conceals giant speakers, while the back of the unit has fabric panels with sound-absorbing wadding to optimize the acoustics. Reupholstered vintage chairs by Vladimir Kagan and Jumbo coffee table by Gae Aulenti, try 1stDibs. Rug, Knut. Sofa, Eichholtz

SITTING ROOM

Brass, wood and leather subtly enhance the cool palette in here. Fao sofas, Christophe Delcourt. 1970s brass coffee tables, Lova Design. Grand Antique marble side table, Studio Lawahl. Model 2109 ceiling light by Gino Sarfatti, Astep. Marzio Cecchi chair, try Pamono

This apartment may lie in the heart of Stockholm but it is very little about its interiors that gives away its Scandinavian location. ‘Our aesthetic tends to incorporate influences from further south in Europe – we love sourcing pieces from Italy and France, for example,’ notes Joanna Lavén of Swedish interior design firm Studio Lawahl, who, together with her co-founder David Wahlgren, has entirely remodeled the spaces. She continues, ‘The building is situated on the waterfront address of Strandvägen and when it was designed in the late 19th century, the architects took inspiration from other major European cities to reflect its prestigious location. It, therefore, felt appropriate to give the interiors more of an international feel.’

The clients are a doctor and lawyer with three young children, and Joanna and David already had a good sense of their preferences. ‘We had redesigned their previous home so there was a strong level of trust,’ recounts Joanna, whose changes to the floor plan entailed moving the kitchen to a more central location linked to the living spaces, and adjusting the sleeping quarters to create a bedroom and bathroom for each family member. False ceilings – vestiges of an insensitive renovation in the 1990s – were ripped out, while details such as panelling were reinstated.

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