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So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections.
Autumn is our favorite roadtrip season riding through melancholic colors, from pine green, mustard yellow, orange terra, wine red to deep browns and the scents that seem to belong to a forest that slowly falls asleep after this Indian Summer ...
What makes At Six special is that it stands out from the usual "Scandinavian design" interiors prevalent in Stockholm. You mentioned this concept of bringing together an international outlook and attitude while creating an experience grounded in the local area.
You can't help yourself fantasizing about the rustling of leaves and skirts strolling in the park in a secret rendezvous after the ball ...
Time seems to go slower in small towns like Bellême where the benches on the village square are overgrown by ocher-yellow mosses surrounded by a magisterial forest domain of more than 2400 hectares in the Perche Natural Park.
All standard rooms incorporate a full length marble credenza that doubles up as desk with a lounge seating area comprising a custom designed sofa and well stocked minibar and drinks area. Working within a period building we felt it important to establish an interior that felt authentic in character and felt like it was built to last.
Universal Design Studio specializes in materials - research and experimentation - and crafted details. The 'grand hotel redefined for modern day life' was a theme running throughout the design process and because of this we want the hotel to feel like it has a legitimate place in the lives of Stockholm's citizens and visitors.
All of the pieces are by artists already represented in the collection of Petter Stordhalen, the hotel owner so there is a personal connection.
Sune Nordgren has worked as a cultural commentator and art curator for over 40 years.Some elements tie the hotel to the city and local area more literally – For example the Swedish leather from the Tarnsjo tannery to the north of the city wrapped around the staircase handrail and on the restaurant banquettes, the bespoke lighting by Swedish lighting company Rubn whose standard range of contemporary fittings evoke a sense of quintessential Stockholm design and the commissioned table in the wine bar carved from a single Stockholm Elm tree by local artist Lies Marie Hoffman.Where possible we used local suppliers and makers from the city.We spoke with Hannah Carter Owers of Universal Design Studios about the design motivation for the brutalist space, how they redefined the grand hotel concept for modern life, and how Stockholm and its citizens play a central role in its grand designs. The building, a brutalist high-rise structure, was originally designed in the 1970s by Swedish architects Boijsen & Efervgren, and in our design we tried to humanise the imposing architecture, while also making its unique qualities part of the project.We wanted to make a hotel experience that feels unique, distinct and memorable and but also at ease in the building and in Stockholm.The best news is that this place is to be visited until after the New Year's Eve while the rest of Basse Normandie seems to be hibernating...