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Death Valley comes to Stockholm

After visiting FineFood Kärlek och Mat earlier this year on our annual trip to Sweden’s Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair, we couldn’t believe the transformation that has emerged at the restaurant-cum-coffee shop space. Stockholm-based Note Design Studio recently renovated the interiors using photographs of Death Valley to inform the cool and collected pastel colour scheme.

Located in the developing district of Hammarby Sjöstad to the south of Stockholm, FineFood offers an environment which is a mix of a café, restaurant and bistro in one. The challenge for Note Design Studio was creating a space which works as well serving breakfast in the morning, as it does serving beer in the evening.

Stockholm-based Note Design Studio referenced a photographic series documenting the landscape of the Californian Mojave desert by artist Jordan Sullivan, to inform the interiors which use tones of mint, dark green and turquoise, with a contrasting coral and salmon red.

As a Swedish design studio, Note championed their minimalistic heritage, creating a clean, soft space with a calm, inviting color palette. The flooring of the interior is made of a custom made herringbone floor tile, which represents the rich gray scales of rocks and mountains. The materials are typical Scandinavian such as light ash wood, brass and natural leather, except for the Green Guatemala marble used in some parts of the design.

Taking the environmental concerns into consideration, Note used an eco-friendly silicate paint for the walls and roof, LED spotlights for the interior lighting and produced the bespoke furniture in a local carpentry, just ten minutes away from the cafe.

All images courtesy of Note Design Studio.

For some time in Sweden almost every restaurant, deli or bistro that has opened are using the industrial chic butcher-shop aesthetics with white tiles, naked lamps and rough metal work. We wanted to get away from that and find inspiration from a totally different area.”

As well as custom-made furniture such as the tables, sofas and shelves which were specially designed for the project to give it its own unique identity, products in the fit-out include some of the studio’s own designs.

Spotted products include the Fuse ceramic lighting range for Ex.t, lacquered wooden chairs from Zilio Aldo, slick floor tiles from Mutina and some brass wall lights from Atelier Areti to put the icing on the cake.

The Fuse pendant lamps above are designed by Note Design Studio for Ex.t and will be available soon via our online shop.

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