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Designers go really big on colourful parquet flooring in this apartment in the Swedish capital Stockholm


By Kay Hill

The Changing Colours of the seasons were the inspiration behind the striking flooring of this Swedish apartment building, created by Martin Videgård and Bolle Tham of Tham & Videgård Arkitekter.

an stockholm apartment in a former art-nouveau hotel has been transformed using colour and shape in the bespoke flooring and wall cladding in coloured and natural ash.

A Stockholm apartment in a former art-nouveau hotel has been transformed using colour and shape in the bespoke flooring and wall cladding in coloured and natural ash

The apartment and guest suite, overlooking Humlegården park in Stockholm, was created inside a former art-nouveau hotel that had been altered so many times that few original features remained, apart from the leaded windows.

The furniture in the apartment is white so as not to detract from the flooring, created using oversized parquet pieces in bright colours of the seasons. Image Credit: Åke e:son Lindman

The furniture in the apartment is white so as not to detract from the flooring, created using oversized parquet pieces in bright colours of the seasons. Image Credit: Åke e:son Lindman

The furniture in the apartment is white so as not to detract from the flooring, created using oversized parquet pieces in bright colours of the seasons. Image Credit: Åke e:son Lindman

This blank canvas gave the architects free rein to experiment with colour and shape in the bespoke flooring and wall cladding made from coloured and natural ash. The oversized parquet pieces, 200mm x 600mm each, flow throughout the floor plan in overlapping colours ranging from spring’s bright limes, through deep, summery greens and orange, red and yellow shades of autumn to winter greys and blacks.

The furniture in the apartment is white so as not to detract from the flooring, created using oversized parquet pieces in bright colours of the seasons. Image Credit: Åke e:son Lindman

The furniture in the apartment is white so as not to detract from the flooring, created using oversized parquet pieces in bright colours of the seasons. Image Credit: Åke e:son LindmanThe furniture in the apartment is white so as not to detract from the flooring, created using oversized parquet pieces in bright colours of the seasons. Image Credit: Åke e:son Lindman

While the distribution of the colours might look random, every piece of parquet was designed to fit in exactly the right position, giving a unifying overall theme while creating radically different looks in each room. And the architects made sure that the floor remained the star of the show by designing furniture all in white that wouldn’t detract from the kaleidoscope of colours.





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