Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Miss Clara - a new design hotel in Stockholm

The Nobis group, standing behind stylish hotels like Skeppsholmen, Nobis and Furillen, just opened a new hotel here in Stockholm called Miss Clara, and although I haven't been there yet (spent the last week in Iceland, but more about that later) I must say it looks extremely promising from the press photos!
The 92-room hotel is housed in the former Ateneum girls’ school building, erected in 1910. The building was designed by architects Hagström & Ekman and is considered one of Stockholm’s most exquisite Art Nouveau edifices. The old girls’ school has been transformed into an elegant and comfortable international business hotel by Wingårdhs, one of Sweden’s leading and most internationally renowned architecture firm, under the leadership of architect Gert Wingårdh.
When designing Miss Clara, Wingårdh’s architects drew inspiration from the building’s original Art Nouveau architecture, distinguished by its soft and graceful organic lines and use of solid natural materials. Characteristic traits in the original architecture have been interpreted into new contemporary expressions. The interiors feature many specially designed and crafted furniture pieces and installations in solid, superior quality natural materials of predominantly Swedish origin, such as limestone, oak, bentwood, and natural leather. The color scheme is orchestrated in sophisticated darker notes on the floor level, with white walls and ceilings that emphasize the openness of the rooms.


Shelter7, private apartment for rent in Ghent, Belgium

Shelter7 is a private apartment and meeting space for short-term rent, located in the historic city centre of Ghent, Belgium. The three level house has been beautyfully renovated and furnished with a mix of vintage and designer furniture (with names as Joe Colombo, Mathieu Matégot and Arne Jacobsen) carefully selected by Frederic Hooft and accessories by Veva van Sloun, from the online concept store I/Object. The interior architecture is also a mix between classic and modern, with old wood staircases and floors contrasting with clean lined concrete and metal.
concrete kitchen and wood staircase at shelter7

sphere shaped ceiling at shelter7

vintage chairs and wooden floor at shelter7

minimalist stairs against concrete wall at shelter7

vintage leather sofa at shelter7

black built in plywood storage in bedroom at shelter7

STAY Copenhagen

While in Copenhagen, I had the pleasure of staying at STAY Copenhagen, a design hotel who only offers apartment suites, all in a very minimalistic style furnished with HAY products. My apartment was huge, 130 sqm, with three balconies with sea views, what a luxury! The hotel doesn't have their own restaurant, but located in the same building are an organic bakery, a supermarket, a sushi bar, an italian restaurant and a takeaway place, so you won't have to go hungry for that reason.
This time, when I wasn't so stressed out, I think my photos turned out a little better...

Miss'Opo Guest House in Porto, Portugal

Right now I'm dreaming of visiting this guest house in Porto that I just found on Remodelista. It's a place welcoming all people interested in culture and creativity, and besides being a hotel, there are lots of things going on there like workshops and exhibitions. The interiors are purposely left raw to make space for flexibility and fantasies... How great does that sound?!
The images below are mainly from the renovations of the building, but if you want to see more of what it looks like now, just visit Miss'Opo's site or this post on Yatzer.
Photo: Shanna Jones + the hotel's own


Comfort Hotel Grand Central, Oslo

The new Grand Central hotel in Oslo, Norway, looks great! However, I wish they would have incorporated some more Norwegian designs, to give it a more local flavour. Norwegian design has really stepped it up in the last few years, so I think they should be proud and show it off!


Hotel Wiesler, Graz, Austria

Although I have no desire to travel at the moment (moving house does that to me), Hotel Wiesler in Graz, Austria looks very tempting...

Alaïa Lofts

Fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa has converted a 300 sqm loft hosted in a traditional 17th century building in the Marais district in Paris into three exclusive apartments/suites.  It really does not get more boutique than this. 
The idea behind these three 100 sqm apartments is for the visitor to get a feel of the true Parisian life. It is a hotel concept which incorporates the necessary facilities of daily life. Each apartment has a private entrance and once inside, a complete fitted kitchen meets all the needs of the guests. Alaïa's aim was to achieve a true feeling of a home away from home.

From Yatzer, via Ideas to Steal. Photo Alexandre & Emilie, Persona Production

The Exchange

I found this amazing hotel on the April and May blog and I just had to show it here! It's called The Exchange and is located in Amsterdam. The concept is "rooms dressed like models", styled by students of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. Which room is your favorite?

STAY Copenhagen Hotel

If anyone is interested in seeing which hotel the pictures in the last post is from, it's STAY Copenhagen. A design hotel totally decked out in Hay furniture, both their own designs and other brands available in their shops. You can stay for as long or short periods as you like, and it is even possible to buy your own apartment, with or without hotel services.


Babylonstoren in South Africa is a stylish luxury hotel and a working farm at once, where guests can enjoy the pleasure of hand-picking their own crops and experience how it feels to play it on the safe side and be a "chic farmer".

Found via Yatzer, where you can find many more pictures and a lot more info.

La Maison des Centraliens

Design Hotel Week: Aire de Bardenas, Spain

Sorry for going M I A on you all for the last two days, my internet connection has been playing with me, only giving me access to the web for 30 seconds every five minutes or so... Very annoying when your whole job depends on it. So now I'm throwing this post together very quickly before the router decides to shut me down again. The pictures are from Hotel Aire de Bardenas in Spain. I love the pallets and the plywood!



Via Lime & Meadow

Design Hotel Week: The Michelberger, Berlin

I can't have a design hotel week without mentioning The Michelberger Hotel in Berlin! It seems everyone I know have been there, it's THE place to stay in Berlin. And since Berlin is THE place to go right now, that must mean that the Michelberger is the hippest place on earth right now? Perhaps it is, I don't know, but it looks pretty cool to me.
One thing I especially love about the place is the communal tables in the restaurant. I think that is a very nice idea, as it creates spontaneous meetings between strangers, which is really what travelling is all about, right?

Photos via We Heart

Design Hotel Week: Hotel Chateau Bethlehem, Maastricht

The hotel school in Maastricht in the Netherlands has a fully operating hotel on the campus for their students to practise in, designed by some of the world's absolute top designers. Or what would you say about rooms created by Studio Job, Richard Hutten and Piet Hein Eek?


Design Hotel Week: Anemi, Folegandros, Greece

Ready for another vacation? This time in Greece, on the island of Folegandros. The hotel is called Anemi, and I don't know what that means in Greek, but in Swedish it means shortage of blood; anemia. And even though the interiors here are very pale and a bit cold, I'm not sure that was what the owners thought of when they named it?
Other than that, I like that they used the traditional greek colours blue and white, but in a modern way.

Design Hotel Week: Hilton Pattaya, Thailand

Design Hotel Week: Hotel Basico, Mexico

Enough of the super polished high gloss interiors for a while, let's go to Hotel Basico in Playa del Carmen, Mexico! I love rough and raw materials like concrete and plywood, and the industrial style of the architecture here, just a few steps from the Caribbean sea.




Design Hotel Week: Maison Moschino, Milan

Speaking of Alice in Wonderland, I have to make a post on Maison Moschino in Milan, Italy. Famous fashion house Moschino have created this very luxurious and quirky hotel, a must for any fashionista visiting Italy. The rooms all have different themes, like Little red riding hood, Alice's room, Zzzzzzzz, Clouds or Sleeping in a ballgown.


Design Hotel Week: The Club, Singapore

Next stop: Singapore! The Club Hotel is an odd mix of futurism with the neon lighting, Alice in Wonderland-feeling with the big chess patterns and absurd art, and rococo beauty with marble floors and curvy table legs. But it kind of works, doesn't it?

Design Hotel Week: Distrito Capital, Mexico City

We are going to Mexico! Well, at least we can imagine being there, and staying in this fabulous hotel in Santa Fé, an area in Mexico City, called Distrito Capital. Modern and clean lined with great contrasts in the interiors, and a fantastic view, it looks like a nice place to cool down after a day in this hot and bustling city. I wouldn't mind staying there for real!

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