I’m taking you back to ever-reliable Sweden for my latest home tour, and to a sophisticated Gothenburg apartment that blends classic Scandinavian minimalism with a dash of glamour.
Throughout, the owners of this beautiful pad have paired sleek white walls and breezy linens with gleaming metallic accents, plush velvet upholstery, cut-glass crystal vases and sumptuous rugs. It all works perfectly alongside the high ceilings, ornate cornicing, period fireplaces, parquet flooring and double doors, which lend an air of grandeur to the space.
The colour scheme is largely monochrome, but the lounge has subtle splashes of two of the hottest interior shades of 2017: blush pink and dark indigo blue. The mirror-topped coffee tables and quilted cushions add to the luxurious feel, as do the round pouffe and the Tom Dixon gold ball pendant light (a beautiful piece that was originally inspired by disco balls!). There’s also an iconic brown leather ‘Butterfly’ chair, first designed in Argentina in 1938 by architects Antonio Bonet, Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy, and much copied since.
Beyond the lounge is a separate dining room, where a large rug is used to create a defined focal point around the table. I love the contemporary daybed by the traditional tiled kakelugn stove – what a wonderful place to sprawl out in style!
The sophistication continues in the kitchen, whose white units are topped with sparkling black-granite counters. A black-tiled floor, open shelving and stainless-steel appliances add to the smart yet uncluttered feel.
My favourite room is the master bedroom, whose focal point is a wonderful Z1 cotton-covered light by Ay Illuminate (a piece I’ve long coveted myself). Again, the look is finished off with a couple of well-chosen metallic and glass accessories, including a beautiful black-glass and brass ‘Globe’ vase by AYTM, which is known for its glamorous take on Scandinavian design.
The second bedroom and the hall are a little more understated in style, but they’re no less appealing thanks to the snuggly textiles, the vintage woven leather chair and Menu’s contemporary ‘Franklin’ chandelier, which is cleverly positioned to capture your eye as soon as you enter the apartment.
Photography via Bjurfors
If you fancy adding a touch of Scandinavian glamour to your own home, I’ve put together a selection of products to help you get the look – including some of the beautiful pieces mentioned above. Note that clicking on some items will take you through to my shop, others to external sites.