Saturday, May 25, 2013
As part of Color of the Year, we (Fargerike) redecorate a suite at one of Norway's most interesting and renowned hotels, Grand Hotel Oslo, which was the place Edvard Munk tried to trade his first paintings in exchange for food (at the Grand Hotel Cafe), and Henrik Ibsen was a regular. In other words the location of major cultural and historical events for ages.
It feels like an honor to be able to transform one suite each year into a color experience, Grand style, of course. Color of the Year 2013 for the Norwegian market, is ten shades of Purple.
New from this year, is that we've incorporated some of the most exciting and interesting Norwegian designs of the year as well. And there were plenty of goodies to choose from!
The first room of the suite, is the living and dining room. It's decorated in light and airy lavender tones, and has a very classical look and feel to it, with a few elements to make it more bold and daring. Here, the modern classic, the OK sofa, was reupholstered in velvet instead of the traditional wool, which gives it a completely different look. The nuances of lavender are both warm and cold, which is usually a no no, but I think it works just perfectly. Chairs, table & mirrors are treasures from the Grand Hotel basement.
Some elements are important to bring the look to 2013, and the caleidoscope photographs by Norwegian artist Helene Jellestad brings the perfect flair. The moldings on the wall has been painted in an almost white shade of lavender. The floring is a traditional oak from Tarkett's Epoque collection (from Fargerike). The chandelier got new custom shades.
The Mikado suite was originally Japanese, and it was important to incorporate some elements as a nod to it's heritage. These cherry blossom silk drapes from Sanderson/Fargerike were the perfect pick.
Following the living and dining room, is the office. A slightly bolder palette, with a dusty turquoise ceiling (St Tropez FR1211)
The bedroom is (not surprisingly), my fave. We went for a Norwegian Eclectic vibe, with a bold and strong color scheme, that challenges our aesthetic. Does it work, or not? Does hot coral drapes go with deep purple walls? Of course they do! ;) It's all about playing contrasting elements, mixing style directions and combining old with new.
We worked with interior designer and stylist Christine Hærra to achieve the exact look we wanted. Photos are by Sveinung Bråthen for Fargerike.
Hope you like the suite, it's definitely been one of my favorite projects!
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