Med­i­ta­tive mood

The owner of this Swedish apart­ment has a ‘ less is more’ de­sign mantra, choos­ing a sim­ple scheme that brings to mind the spir­i­tual calm­ness of the East

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Contents - Words TR­ISH LORENZ Photography LINA ÖSTLING Pro­duc­tion MARI STRENGHIELM

This Swedish apart­ment has a sim­ple, white scheme that brings to mind the spir­i­tual calm­ness of the East

his 110-square-me­tre apart­ment in the Swedish city of Gothen­burg re­sides in a build­ing that dates back to 1908, but there are no ex­trav­a­gant flour­ishes of pe­riod-style ex­cess here. In­stead, an air of peace and quiet per­vades the stripped-back in­te­rior – one that is more rem­i­nis­cent of an ori­en­tal med­i­ta­tion space than a mod­ern, north­ern Euro­pean in­te­rior. The flat is home to Jo­hanna Rau­tio, co-founder and cre­ative di­rec­tor of Swedish fash­ion brand Vin­tage by Fé, who has lived here since 2015. ‘ There is a spir­i­tual calm­ness to this apart­ment that I ap­pre­ci­ate very much. It gives me emo­tional sat­is­fac­tion and helps with my cre­ative flow, too,’ says Jo­hanna. ‘ It was in­spired by all the trav­el­ling I do, to Asia and In­dia, and also Mar­rakech.’ Painted in white, and with vast, seven-me­tre-high ceil­ings, the apart­ment re­sem­bles a calm, monas­tic space. In the main liv­ing room, there’s lit­tle in the way of fur­ni­ture, apart from a long be­spoke sofa and a bench run­ning along two of the walls, each cov­ered with cush­ions in nat­u­ral fab­rics, such as linen, wool and cot­ton. A jute rug feels grassy un­der­foot, and a small ham­mock in front of the open fire en­cour­ages you to nes­tle and day­dream, or curl up with a book. Rather than choos­ing arm­chairs, Jo­hanna opted for low-level seat­ing. ‘ There are quite a few spots in the big liv­ing room where you can hang out. My idea was to cre­ate many rooms within the one room, be­cause I want the apart­ment to be a cre­ative space, as well as a place for re­lax­ing with friends and fam­ily.’ Next to the liv­ing room is the din­ing area, with an im­pres­sive ta­ble large enough to com­fort­ably seat ten peo­ple, and a mix of vin­tage din­ing chairs. ‘ I love vin­tage fur­ni­ture. There is a soul in used ob­jects that gives off a dif­fer­ent en­ergy to new pieces,’ says Jo­hanna. Up­stairs in the loft, be­neath the eaves, is the tran­quil main bed­room, with a win­dow above the bed that looks sky­wards. ‘ The loft is perfect for med­i­ta­tion,’ says Jo­hanna. ‘ I like watch­ing how the weather changes, the clouds mov­ing above me.’ As cre­ative di­rec­tor of her own de­sign brand, as well as a mother of two teenagers, Jo­hanna has a busy life­style, but this med­i­ta­tive space helps to keep it bal­anced. ‘My perfect day would start with wak­ing to the sound of rain on the roof. The loft is so close to the sky that you can al­most feel the weather,’ she says. vin­tage­byfe.com

Liv­ing room (pre­vi­ous page) The sofa is a be­spoke de­sign and the bas­kets on the wall, as well as the vases and pots, are from PB Home. The ham­mock is from Granit (try ‘Hang­ing Chair’ by Ama­zonas, avail­able at Way­fair), while the hemp rug is from Tell Me More Far right A sim­ple white ta­ble and pen­dant light from Ikea con­trast with black iron chairs from PB Home in the kitchen

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