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Universal Design Studio specializes in materials - research and experimentation - and crafted details. The 'grand hotel redefined for modern day life' was a theme running throughout the design process and because of this we want the hotel to feel like it has a legitimate place in the lives of Stockholm's citizens and visitors.It’s a contemporary space, with an international outlook but we strongly felt that elements of the interior needed to draw their cues from the building and square.Tatjana Quax Photography family of Studio Aandacht; Ben Raf Lambers Zara Arif Tatjana Quax art, classical Scandinavian design, and sophisticated, thoughtful interiors all come together at Stockholm’s newest luxury hotel, At Six. The brief asked us to create a desirable, vibrant destination, appealing to both locals as well as international guests, with the aim of becoming the best contemporary luxury hotel in Stockholm.We spoke with Hannah Carter Owers of Universal Design Studios about the design motivation for the brutalist space, how they redefined the grand hotel concept for modern life, and how Stockholm and its citizens play a central role in its grand designs. The building, a brutalist high-rise structure, was originally designed in the 1970s by Swedish architects Boijsen & Efervgren, and in our design we tried to humanise the imposing architecture, while also making its unique qualities part of the project.Our starting point for the Lobby, restaurant and bar interior architecture was the stone cladding on one of the other buildings in the square (Peter Celsing’s Riksbank).The monochrome interior contrasts shades of warm grey and highly textured natural materials (sawn stone, blackened steel, fine timber and polished granite) as soft furnishings and classic furniture editions. We kept a pretty constant dialogue with Sune Nordgren the curator* throughout the design process as we both wanted to build in a range of opportunities to showcase the art collection.She brings a serene mood to an otherwise dynamic and bustling lobby, reception and restaurant. We’ve been told that there is nothing that comes close in terms of contemporary luxury hotels in the city which we are proud of but by the same token we feel we have successfully created a place that Stockholmers feel very at home in.

You can't help yourself fantasizing about the rustling of leaves and skirts strolling in the park in a secret rendezvous after the ball ...

We also needed to consider the scale of the head which was a special commission – making sure that it worked for people viewing the piece from the ground floor, the first floor and how it felt to move around as people ascended the staircase.

All of the pieces are by artists already represented in the collection of Petter Stordhalen, the hotel owner so there is a personal connection.

Since 2006, he has been running Strawberry Art Design, Petter Stordalen’s ever-growing private art collection, and was responsible for sourcing the art for At Six.

Do you have a favorite piece of art from the collection? Even the simplest of standard rooms feel luxurious, considered and detailed.

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