Once upon a time, this brick building in Stockholm housed a workshop. The sloped ceiling and interesting design elements caught the eye of a prospective owner, fascinated by this charming space with plenty of natural light. Design studio Forstberg Ling was tasked with transforming the tall structure into a home suitable for a young family.
No longer being used as a workshop, the building required shifting to warm tones and suitable for living. While working out how to modernize the space, it was important to bear in mind the architectural influence and design of the gable roof’s slopes, and allow them to continue to bring in plenty of light.
The main shape of the building has a square footprint. The ground floor occupies the living room and open plan kitchen. The details of the home are finished in soft wood, with crisp white walls and a concrete finish dotted with plenty of plants and green accents; there is definitely a Nordic feel to the home.
I find this scene to be absolutely charming, and a summary of the things important to this family. The big long table welcomes friends and feasting, with long countertops to prepare food and a communal space to spend time together. The wood cupboards provide storage, and the high windows let in plenty of sunlight. You can see a little hint of the emerald shade marbled countertops, a green that grounds the color palette into something neutral and homey but solid.
To the side of the kitchen is an oven and pantry area. Even tucked away, the natural wood theme continues through to the cupboards and storage areas.
The building was tall enough to create new levels. Forstberg Ling installed a mezzanine area and upper level to bring about another 40 square meters of additional floor space. Sliding doors open up on to two bedrooms and a study area upstairs.
In the master bedroom, there is a bathroom just a few steps down, that carves into the corner to make use of the light. I like the Max Lamb steel splatter stool, which works well against both the marble of the bathroom backdrop and the warmer wood tones in the bedroom.
Hints of a delicate blue on the wall match with similar hues around the room. Additionally, the room takes advantage of the roof’s incline. The shower area tucks into an alcove, while sliding doors mark the territory between rooms.
The soft cozy furnishings work in stark contrast against the sheer white walls and dark concrete flooring. The design studio installed wooden beams for the new floor space, providing a warmth and snugness to the setting. This home belongs to Petrus Palmér, the founder of online furniture retailer HEM Design Studio. You get a definite sense of the style and fascination for the shapes, textures and organization of the furniture.
In essence, working with the natural slopes and gradations of the building means the home still remains much of its original charm. While it can be a challenge to work within an existing structure, this new home feels functional and cozy. By fitting furniture and shapes into the unusual walls,Forstberg Ling makes good use of the space.