Tatjana Quax Photography family of Studio Aandacht; Ben Raf Lambers Zara Arif Tatjana Quax art, classical Scandinavian design, and sophisticated, thoughtful interiors all come together at Stockholm’s newest luxury hotel, At Six. The brief asked us to create a desirable, vibrant destination, appealing to both locals as well as international guests, with the aim of becoming the best contemporary luxury hotel in Stockholm.
We spoke with Hannah Carter Owers of Universal Design Studios about the design motivation for the brutalist space, how they redefined the grand hotel concept for modern life, and how Stockholm and its citizens play a central role in its grand designs. The building, a brutalist high-rise structure, was originally designed in the 1970s by Swedish architects Boijsen & Efervgren, and in our design we tried to humanise the imposing architecture, while also making its unique qualities part of the project.
We have also managed to balance diversity and coherence in the public spaces so the experience as a whole feels tied together all the while offering variety and contrast. We find the Scandinavian design aesthetic very seductive and we certainly researched and referenced the work of Scandinavian architects and designers in preparation for creating the concept.
I also really like the calming influence of Mar Whispering, Jaume Plensa’s 2.5 metre high marble head situated on our grand staircase. However right from the start we focused on building a hotel that had it’s own unique aesthetic and in terms of design felt befitting for an international city which Stockholm is.
Angel Trinidad Angel Trinidad is the founder of Keen on Walls, a website featuring inspiring interiors, design and spaces.Sune Nordgren has worked as a cultural commentator and art curator for over 40 years.He was Founding Director of BALTIC, the Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England and Director of Norway’s National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.Time seems to go slower in small towns like Bellême where the benches on the village square are overgrown by ocher-yellow mosses surrounded by a magisterial forest domain of more than 2400 hectares in the Perche Natural Park.The domain seems to stretch as far as Rémalard, you can sleep there in the middle of the forest at a charming former woodchopping village turned hotel 'D'une Ile' run by Sofie and Michel, a magical place with unique sleeping places that each have their own touch.