I always thought that Scandinavians do it better… Stråhattfabriken (Straw Hat Factory) in Stockholm is a real example of this. Dating back from 1886 to 1887, this beautiful heritage listed building was recently redeveloped into stunning apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms. Gimme, gimme!

Developers, designers and home buyers – if ever you thought that residential developments had to look generic, impersonal and “blaaaah” – well… you better think again y’all! This is a wonderful example of how a cosy, warm, livable, modern interior (with a classic twist) can be achieved by moving away from typical “beige on “greige” color and material selections, and getting a little bit playful with joinery. Sure, it helps when you have a gorgeous heritage canvas and a flawless bone structure to piggy-pack off, but let’s not kid ourselves here – I’m sure you’ve all seen a fair share of examples of super crappy heritage building redevelopments (those living in Sydney, just think of Mark Foy’s resi building on Goulburn Street. DIRT!) That stuff seriously makes me feel angry and sad all at once. What a waste!

Anyway – note to self – we are here to admire and learn from beauty, not criticize and get all worked up… Calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean… By the way, have you noticed how they cleverly used hats when styling these apartments as a little nod to the history of the original detail? That, my friends, is called clever attention to detail, and I have nothing but extreme love and respect for it.


[Discovered via French By Design. Images via Stråhattfabriken.]

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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Nick Hughes, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Interior Design, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places.

2 Responses

  1. Lisa Gordon Scott

    Lovely. Scandinavians do do it better!
    Too many times have unimaginative, money hungry developers squeezed hundreds of tiny, boxy flats, with paper thin magnolia walls, into beautiful historic buildings! It’s heart breaking. Rant over. Great post.

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