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GOTHENBURG APARTMENT

7th July 2017

I came across this apartment the other day on HomeDSGN while scrolling for inspiration, and as I couldn’t see any photo credits I did a quick search to track down some background of this apartment. The original article appeared in Swedish Elle Decoration and this stunning apartment is the Gothenburg home of interior designer Sara Gerum and her craftsman husband Christoffer.

Gothenburg apartment, photo by Johanna Hagbard. Gothenburg apartment, photo by Johanna Hagbard.

You can see why this interior caught my eye, right? It has everything I love, from the monochrome palette with lots of grey tones – that hallway above! – to the parquet flooring and the elegant period detailing. The apartment dates from 1898 and many of the original details have been retained, from the ornate fireplaces to the plaster mouldings and the incredible detailing on the painted ceiling above and below.

Gothenburg apartment, photo by Johanna Hagbard. Gothenburg apartment, photo by Johanna Hagbard.

I’ve always loved that juxtaposition between rich period detailing and contemporary furnishings and artworks, and Sara and Christoffer have counterbalanced old against new beautifully here. The fireplace above feels extravagant, yet somehow, partnered with the contemporary furniture and styling touches like the log stack, it really works.

And I like how the couple have used the height of these rooms, counterbalancing the lofty volumes with elements like the low-slung concrete pendant lighting over the island, or adding the ladder as a display feature, while the ceiling height recessed shelving in the hallway above is a great touch.

Gothenburg apartment, photo by Johanna Hagbard. Gothenburg apartment, photo by Johanna Hagbard.

See the feature on Elle Decoration.

All photography by Johanna Hagbard.

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