Who says you need elaborate faux ornamentation or ostentatious luxury furniture to make an interior design unique and amazing? Not only does a focus on coloring and patterning a space save money but it can make at least as much of a statement as most furniture-centric interior designs.
Inspired by the changing of seasons outside of this apartment, designers Tham and Videgard Hansson create a spatial experience through the shifting of colors – from winter grays and blacks through summer greens and autumn oranges – from one room to the next throughout this vast series of interior spaces.
With little of the traditional interior decoration left from this 1800s apartment space, they were forced to use outside inspiration to fill in what had become a rather dull and plain set of rooms.
Stark white furniture was used through as a way to set it apart from the brightly-colored floors and walls, keeping the design from becoming too busy and emphasizing the distinction between object and context.
While the patterns at any one location might seem playful and random there is a very rigorous overall pattern to the colors used from one space to the next, creating a series of complex spatial sequences that were planned from the outset.
“Departing from Swedish traditional use of colors and patterns, this apartment design is inspired by the unusual quality of the location at the park Humlegården. A long row of rooms relate to the massive greenery outside. Light and color change with the season and become very present in the interior spaces; from winter grey and black, through summertime bright and deep greens, to orange, red and yellow in autumn.With an interest in finding new ways to detail and produce architecture that combines contemporary industrial processes with the quality of crafted materials and details, we developed an oversized and multicolored parquet.”
“As a result, a spatial idea was defined where overlapping colors transform the apartment program and add a new-layered structure of spaces, that are linked to each other across the original plan. This way the design set out to re-establish the once well-crafted quality of this turn of the century apartment of late Art Nouveau that during later decades had been totally altered. It had even momentarily been transformed into a medical clinic, leaving very few traces of the original.The stained ash parquet floor functions as a uniting system that offers design possibilities. With a set of colors in different shades, the relationship between each room could be developed, and natural light be encouraged or tuned down.”