In Bukowskis recurring series Unique homes, we are now pleased to introduce an architectural dream, a 19th-century apartment, a former office that has been transformed into a colourful and vivid living space where old signature characteristics of the apartment are brought into to light. This beautiful apartment, including the interior design is a creation by the Stockholm based design studio, Note. Note works within the field of architecture, products, interiors, graphic design and design strategy. This theme auction is curated by Note where the interiors of the project Hidden Tints are to be auctioned online at Bukowskis.
What inspires you when you create a home?
The apartment was a former office space of a fashion brand located in the centre of Stockholm – a space without either bathrooms, kitchen or storage. Note got the assignment by the client to transform the space into a family home. Traces of the old 19th-century splendour were present – worn wooden floors and ornaments in the form of stucco and carpentry as well as three old tiled ovens – but all those beautiful, old characteristics were painted in thick layers of white colour with modern spotlights in all ceilings, which reinforced the perception of an impersonal office, says Sanna Wåhlin, Interior architect and partner Note.
The interior designers at Note recognised the colours of the three tiled ovens; green, pink and a yellowish-white in which they wanted to highlight. "Behind a wall that was torn down to access the old piping, we found original 19th-century paint on a door frame, suddenly illuminating the entire white space with its powerful mustard yellow tint. Further, the team at Note added tones to the original colour scale, which brought together the powerful original hues, finally ending up with an 8-tone palette that originated from the hidden traces of the old apartment.
Since we aimed to disturb the original features of the apartment as little as possible, new elements were placed in the spaces between the old ornaments. All cabinets designed for the apartment hover on the walls between baseboards and stucco or are free-standing on the floors, continues, Sanna Wåhlin.
Two new walls were added, and they inherited the same markings as the cabinets – a veneered surface with crossing lines in squares taken from the most beautiful pattern in the apartment; an original parquet in one of the corner rooms.
What makes this home unique?
A colour palette based on original colours, three expressive tiled ovens, decorations in ceilings and carpentry and an original pattern from a floor – these old traits and peculiarities were the clues Note needed to take a white office space into a contemporary direction. The result is a pleasant but rich colour experience – inspired by the original splendour – and a new home for their client and his children.
How does the interior in symbiosis with the architecture create a feeling of a home?
The colour scale is very warm, in comparison to typical Scandinavian homes, this is very different. It does something to the visitor, you instantly feel this is something else. And then, all the carefully designed details! The way the cabinets with their variations of pattern, the materials and the colours work beautifully together with the ornaments from the original architecture. You can see it’s so carefully designed and detailed, both then and now.
Can you tell us about a few favourites of yours?
Absolutely! The sofa is from Living DIvani, a classical Italian furniture company who makes the most wonderful sofas. The floor lamp and reading lamp in the series Pin from the Spanish lightning company Vibia is also some of my favourites in this auction. World-class if you look at the design but also pretty to just look at, so neat and beautiful, says Sanna Wåhlin.