‘A typical Swedish home is not so much represented by a certain style, as by the care we put into it. We spend a lot of time in our homes’
A few weeks ago, whilst sat waiting to get my hair done in Bath, I started flicking through the minimalistic monochrome My Residence design ‘bookazine’. The annual publication is entirely devoted to showcasing the most stylish Swedish Interiors and architecture as seen in the magazine, and this year marks their first book. This issue delves into the homes and studios of 19 Swedish creatives, including world renowned choreographer Alexander Ekman, interior stylish Lotta Agaton and ceramicist Carina Seth Andersson.
Here’s a selection of my highlights from issue #1:
Buster Delin – Architect
‘I wanted to make something long lasting and durable. The design has evolved from the conditions of the site. The granite, the brick, the tarred wood and white rendering bear kinship with the other buildings on the property’ states Buster Delin’s about his holiday home in the Swedish countryside. Delin built the house himself over five years, but only turned to architecture later in his life after a career dedicated to mountain climbing. Along with his landscape architect sister, he built a small house for his mother which receive good press coverage, and now Devlin runs his own practice designing worldwide.
The bright kitchen is a mixture of IKEA products and clever storage solutions to maximise the use of the elongated room. The worktops are made from Öland limestone from Mysinge.
The dining table was designed and built by Devlin, and has been treated with Zar charcoal oil stain.
The entire house is heated through solar energy, and an energy film on the glass prevents heat escaping. The drapes are from one of the country’s few remaining linen weaving factories- Växbo Lin.
Photography by Patric Johansson, Styling by Myrica Bergqvist for My Residence Magazine and Aller Media. Images from Yatzer
Thomas Lingsell – Interior Stylist
Lingsell decided when he first walked into the oversized hallway of the unpretentious flat in the Stockholm neighbourhood of Sibirien, that he had to buy it. The floor plan was a ‘frivolous waste of space’, and when he saw the tiny bathroom, he was even more convinced it was perfect for him. He goes against the grain, and is instantly attracted to things others consider ‘undesirable’.
Lingsell likes the bed to take up a lot of space, and having a mattress on the floor makes the ceilings look higher and creates a dynamic feeling.
Lingsell’s best styling tip is ‘accidentalism’. He believes things must occur randomly to get the best results.
The painting in the middle image is a Jesper Waldersten print. Having artwork throughout the flat is important to Lingsell.The floor lamp by his bed is a 1980s design.
The soft peach drapes cast a warm glow on stark white walls and floors. Leafy green pot plants, an iconic 1960s ceiling light with a selection of small, antique coffee tables which have been collected over the years.The leather sofa is a Mogens Hansen classic for Gösta Westerberg.
The kitchen cabinet is from Pickyliving, and the ceiling lamp is from Habitat.
Lingsell, and the photographer who captured his flat, Andy LIFFNER, both write the blog Liffner Lingsell at resiencemagazine.se. All images from My Residence
Marie Olsson Nylander – Interior Designer & Stylist
The home of interior designer Marie Olsson Nylander, in the coastal town of Hoganas, has had many uses throughout history – a bank, a grocery store, shipping office, insurance office as well as British and Danish consulates. Now, the Italian style building is the airy dream home of Olsson Nylander, her ex- husband Bill and their three children. The 150 year old house has been completely repainted, parts knocked down for renovation and a new kitchen installed, however Olsson Nylander has kept the history of the house intact by using a number of impressive antique pieces. Much of the decor is large scale, solid and imposing, and far flung from the dainty, minimalist approach often associated with Swedish design.
Varying textures play a big part in Olsson Nylander’s designs, as well as large scale black and white photography and artwork, such as the above photograph by Norwegian Bente Helenesdatter Pettersen. The cabinets in the above image are French boathouse cabinets from the 20s.
Made in Sweden
Towards the end of the bookazine, there’s a section about locally produced ‘Made in Sweden’, which discusses the origin of of term ‘Scandinavian design’, and how it was largely developed due to local Swedish craftmanship. This section contains still life images of some stunning pieces, all made my Swedish designers and artists.
My Residence magazine aims to celebrate the companies who still choose to keep their production in Sweden, and champion new start ups to try and keep the Scandinavian design evolving and important. This section showcases various talented craftsmen and interior brands, such as the furniture makers O.H. Sjögren, and ceramic designer Carina Seth Andersson.
All content adapted from My Residence magazine, issue #1