For today’s ‘I wish I lived here’ post we have a beautiful, New York loft-inspired apartment, with exposed brick walls, tall, lofty ceilings and monochrome details. Housed in a former cardboard factory built in 1912, this new 58 sq m home in Gothenburg is a lesson in fusing old with new, the rustic with the contemporary, rough textures with the smooth.
Expertly styled by Swedish duo Sundling Kickén, a pared-back, neutral colour palette of beiges and taupes soften the hard lines, creating a welcoming, homely feeling. There’s an attention to craftsmanship and making, with organic-shaped ceramics, expressive art work and found objects that all come together to form a warm, cohesive whole.
But what caught my eye was the industrial, Crittall style windows, a trend that shows no sign of dying down. With their bold, black frames and clean lines, they add a smart statement to an interior – whether opening up to the outdoors, used as a shower screen or, like here, as a room divider. They help frame an area of the home and portion it off, while still allowing lots of natural light in and giving a sense of space.
Above, a vintage-style column radiator adds another element of punchy black to the monochrome scheme. Bare brick walls add grit and texture to create a raw yet stylish setting. I think it would have been too much if all the walls were left as red brick, so by painting the rest white, the room feels calmer and cosier.
The Crittall style windows help separate sleeping space from the living area, while providing a visual connection between the two. Light, discreet white linen curtains could always be used to add some softness and conceal the bedroom if there was guests to stay.
What do you think, could you live here? What’s your take on Crittall windows – industrial cool or rather not?
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