creative spaces :: stockholm

Katie | February 13, 2013

Note Design Studio

While I was in Stockholm for Design Week, I was very lukcy to be able to visit several designers’ workspaces. Note Design Studio (pictured above) had “popped up” in a temporary office-come-exhibiting space overlooking the harbour. They kindly invited us to have a nose around, and very kindly fed us delicious Kanelbullar (Swedish cinnamon buns)!

Note Design Studio

Their office is on a mezzanine level at the back of the building, overlooking the exhibition space, and with views of the harbour. I love the way that the design of their desk lamps echoes the shape of the street lights at about the same height outside.

Note Design Studio

Their desks are adorned with colourful storage containers, and due to our early arrival, the signs that they had planned to out up around the space to help us navigate! (They also still all their slippers on, so as not to dirty the white floor before our arrival!)

Note Design Studio

But the best bit has to be their view over the exhibiting space below, where they have all their products on display in a light, airy, double height space, with more views over the water.

Note Design Studio

While I was in Sweden, I really got an insight into how the environment, both natural and built, feeds into Swedish designers’ work – you can see the colour palettes coming through, and the quiet understated aesthetic. This space must have the same affect on the designers at Note Design Studio – it is a calm, quiet space to think.

Hello Industries

The next studio we visited belongs to Jonas Wagell of Hello Industry. The space was made up of three square rooms, each one leading to the next. The door from the street led through a fully glazed wall into a light-filled office. This led to a kitchen with a large table suitable for eating lunch, having meetings, or just spreading out your work. And finally the back room was a workshop, which is what really drew Jonas to the studio.

Hello Industries

A deep, waist-height shelf ran the length of the left hand side of the office area, and was loaded with design and architecture books – Jonas has quite a collection!

Hello Industries

The walls are covered with completed projects and works in progress, all attached with colourful circular stickers. (Note to self – must get some of these for my own space!)

Hello Industries

Sometimes it’s the really little touches that make all the difference and these little stickers work really well to hold together a display of quite disperate materials.

Hello Industries

The middle room was a temporary HQ for a specific project, so scale drawings and models covered the table and more inspirational images adorned the walls – this time, all attached with pink washi tape.

Hello Industries

And then the workshop at the back is where the magic happens…

Hello Industries

Finally, we headed underground to what used to be a garage to meet Fredrik Färg and Emma Marga Blanche aka Studio Färg & Blanche.

Studio Farg & Blanche

Aside from an exhibition of their work, which they’d put together just for us, the space looked pretty hard working – with their office positioned as far away from the noisy machinery as possible!

Studio Farg & Blanche

A place for everything, and everything in its place…

Studio Farg & Blanche

They have recently invested in a new sewing machine; describing it as their Christmas present to each other for many years to come! It’s a monster, sewing through incredible thicknesses of tough materials with ease.

Studio Farg & Blanche

They also rent out some of the space to other creatives, providing a work space where ideas flow freely, jumping across the boundaries of disciplines.

It was so good to a “behind the scenes’ look at the design industry in Stockholm, to not only meet the designers, but to see the spaces that inspire them everyday.

Studio Farg & Blanche

Further reading for the especially geeky:

With thanks to the Swedish Institute and the Embassy of Sweden in London for inviting confessions of a design geek on the Stockholm Design Week press trip. More posts to follow – watch this space.

Further Reading for the Especially Geeky ::

Founding Editor – Katie Treggiden

Having established confessions of a design geek in 2010, Katie Treggiden has gone on to a career in design journalism, writing for titles such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Elle Decoration, Stylist, Design Milk and Ideal Home. In 2014, she launched Fiera, an independent magazine dedicated to discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. Her second book, Makers of East London, was published in 2015.

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