Each year Forum, Scandinavias leading trade magazine
devoted to interior architecture, celebrates Swedens best interior
design. On February 5 at the Stockholm Furniture Fair the results following
were announced. Published on the same day was a special issue of Forum
treating exclusively the results of the contest. This issue which
includes a summary in English is available at www.scandinaviandesign.com/forum.
Arlanda VIP lounge
Interior design: Jonas Bohlin
Commissioned by: Luftfartsverket (the Swedish Board of Civil Aviation)
Area: 925 sq m
Completed: May 2002
Address: Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Pier F
Jury motivation: The VIP lounge breaks boundaries and already deserves
to be regarded as a classic. Details and the overall treatment combine
to create a Swedish image which physically and poetically seems to abolish
the limitations imposed by the space. Bohlin strikes a blow at the Nordic
design stereotype as being purely functional and blond. Instead he places
the visitor whether he be statesman or member of a rock group
in touch with a rich seam of memories and experiences from the Swedish
Pier F with the VIP lounge main entrance at ground-floor level.
Photo: Johan Fowelin
One of two identical corridors leading to and from the gates. The pedestal
at the back is a mobile workstation. Right picture: The assembly-model
cherry tree by the American artist Steven Bachelder, with its delicate
cloth flowers, dominates the central area of the VIP lounge. Exhibition
cupboards are concealed behind the ashwood panels. Limestone from Gotland
island provides the flooring.
One of four VIP rooms. The rooms are dominated by furniture of Jonas
Bohlins own design. Carpet from Kasthall. All the artworks are loaned
from the Stockholm Konstkansli. Here a work by Clay Ketter.
The VIP room nearest to the entrance. Two of the four waiting-rooms
can be converted into a single large room by means of swing doors. Right
picture: One of two waiting-rooms adjoining the gates. Here guests wait
to board their aircraft.
A niche by the entrance with space for a mobile reception counter
and metal detectors. Right picture: twilight in "Cherry Vale".
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Interior design: Åke Axelsson
Commissioned by: Gateshead Council in collaboration with the Arts
Council of England
Area: 12,000 sq m
Completed: July 2002
Address: South Shore Road, Gateshead
Jury motivation: On paper Axelssons interior design is spartan
and discriminating with just a few building blocks, in essence merely
a table, chair and shelf. But no other interior design this year has proved
so daring and successful at making its impact on a building by such limited
means. Axelsson pushes the limits of interior design, reduces them to
their barest essence, and does so in a building which ought in fact to
be altogether too large and complex for the kind of simplicity he applies
The fifties mill has been complemented with a lower entrance building
housing bookshop and café.
Rooftop restaurant. The aluminium armchairs with plastic seats strike
a link to the red and black colour scheme which permeates the Baltics
graphic profile. Åke Axelssons intention was that the wood
floor, now given a grey glaze, should instead have been in black steel.
Right picture: the café on the ground floor with chairs and tables
of fairly simple design. The bar and the bar stools are also by Axelsson.
Staff workroom on level three. The solid pine tables with tubular
steel legs are a variant on the tables in the restaurant and café.
Even the book-cases simple design allows for very varied presentation.
Right picture: with a conscious allusion to the port area around the museum
Axelsson has stretched green tarpaulin over the floors of Swedish pine
in the boardroom, in Nordgrens workroom and the staff common room.
Here a detail with maritime associations.
Boardroom (left). The limited furnishing consists of the chair Bello
which, satellite-wise, circles the chairmans round table at the
centre of the room. In Sune Nordgrens workroom the chair Vinga has
been paired with a black glazed Baltic table (right).
Axelssons controlled design expression works well alongside artworks
of a more expressive character, as with this installation by the Portuguese
artist Pedro Cabrita Reis. Right picture: the staff common room with a
view down the River Tyne. The chair specially designed. Tarpaulin on the
floor. On the walls framed covers from the museums ambitious newsletter.
Moderna Museet c/o
Interior design: Arkitektkontoret Fråne Hederus Malmström
Commissioned by: Moderna Museet and Statens fastighetsverk (the
National [Swedish] Property Board)
Area: 7,000 sq m, of which 1,900 sq m in public areas
Completed: June 2002
Address: Klarabergsviadukten 61, Stockholm
Jury motivation: The interior design by Arkitektkontoret Fråne
Hederus Malmström has succeeded in transforming not just a single
building but a whole city block. This is an achievement matched by no
other design during 2002. Structural factors are a major part of the secret
behind this success. To a large extent FHM have turned Rafael Moneos
museum on Skeppsholmen now ravaged by mildew on its head.
A spacious but desolate entrance hall has been replaced by a foyer full
of happening and information, thanks to the positioning of the restaurant
and bookshop immediately inside the front door. A sloping, long wall tempts
the visitor into the exhibition galleries at the heart of the temporary
Moderna Museet has temporarily taken over the former post office terminal
building at the Klaraberg viaduct. Right picture: There is a clear link
between the interior design and advertising campaigns produced by the
Storåker advertising bureau. Posters decorate one wall at the museum.
Arkitektkontoret Fråne Hederus Malmström has created a
welcoming entrance section with restaurant and shop immediately inside
the front door. The green wall guides the visitor into the exhibition
Illuminated walls in corrugated plastic serve both for lighting and
orientation at the heart of the locale. The bench is one of the few items
brought from Moneos mildewed Skeppsholm museum, painted in white
here so as better to suit the more modern Moderna Museet c/o. Right picture:
the lounge is next to the museums information centre and library.
Inexpensive materials stress the temporary nature of the present museum:
armchairs, designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Skandiform, are upholstered
in PVC fabric and the floor covered by nylon weave carpeting.
Academian Restaurang & Bar
Interior design: Thomas Eriksson Arkitektkontor
Co-designers: Scheiwiller Svensson Arkitektkontor
Commissioned by: SAS Flight Academy via Carl-Gustaf Lundberg
Area: 350 sq m
Completed: September 2002
Address: SAS Flight Academy, Stockholm-Arlanda Airport
Jury motivation: This staff restaurant displays a level of design
usually found only in city-centre locales with exclusive menus. This is
not to suggest that it attempts to be more than a working staff restaurant
but rather that it presents a brave updating or new interpretation of
the concept of the staff restaurant. The Academian Restaurang & Bar
manifests confidence in its clients. The freedom to express your choice
an obvious requirement of a staff restaurant but one seldom provided
is here always present. One of the best examples of this approach
greets you as soon as you arrive you pay first and are then free
to select the food of your choice from two laden tables.
SAS Flight Academy from 1988, designed by Bergströms Arkitektkontor,
later Scheiwiller Svensson. Right picture: specially designed plate heaters
project from the sky-blue Peran flooring. In the buffet counter behind,
made of Corian, plates have been elegantly integrated.
The à la carte restaurant (left), called the slow-food section,
is separated by curtains from the rest of the restaurant. The leaf decoration
in the mirrors appears to make the room larger. The tables were specially
designed and have been complemented by chairs from Crassevig. In the fast-food
section (right) the warm SAS red tone dominates.
The fast-food section. The bar stools were originally designed by
Eriksson for the SAS lounges; here they have been fitted out with red
Built-in wall benches with plant decoration in the larger normal-food