A while ago I started a blog post series (well, only the first of a series) about the different styles and trends in interior design in the Nordics and Scandinavia especially. Most probably many of you share the sympathy for a relaxed, pared-back, kind of minimalist style “with a little extra” here and there. To me, that is Scandinavian bohemian.
This time let us indulge ourselves in a little bit more. Something totally different, if I may say. It is Svenskt Tenn with roots reaching back to classic style (Gustavian – will write about that later), although including bright colours, typical Scandinavian patterns, rich textiles, ornate furniture, crystal, golden details, very subtle shapes, florals and a palpable influence from very different schools, e.g. classical Chinese or vintage, modernist and even retro.
Svenskt Tenn was founded by Estrid Ericson in 1924 and the beautiful store is located today in one of the best places in Stockholm: Strandvägen.
I have decided not to collect pictures from different homes decorated in this style. Instead, I will show you a very elegant example of Svenskt Tenn, i.e. the home of Swedish artist Bobo Wallmansson.
The subjects of his artwork are chimpanzees in bright colours, big dimensions, often wearing uniforms and seated in Josef Frank chairs. On his own website he introduces himself quite laconically, saying:
“Don’t expect a bohemian living, life as an artist is all through hard work but work also being different because you don’t feel that you sacrifice anything when you’re doing things you love to do. In the speaker audio books shuffle between Swedish jazz and Cornelis Vreeswijk. The coffee maker is constantly struggling and I rarely leave the studio before midnight.”
He lives with his family in this beautiful house in Borås, east of Gothenburg, in the middle of the forest.
Two main colours dominate the interior: a very light antique grey and a beautiful, moody dark tone called Grådis. Both are the perfect backgdrop for the treasures he likes to acquire from Bukowskis, his favourite antique and contemporary furniture and art auction marketplace. The delicate empire console table is a fine addition to the elegant hallway. The bedroom furniture is handmade by the artist himself. The living room is very cozy and welcoming with a nice open fireplace and inviting seating, including a comfy mid-century Swedish safari lounge chair by Bror Boije and elegant marble topped coffee tables from Artilleriet.
The dining set is also sourced from Bukowskis.
Lots and lots of fine books, art and a warm atmosphere make this house and exceptional home. Shall we step inside?