NEW CO-WORKING SPACE INSPIRED BY JUGEND
STYLE OPENS IN STOCKHOLM
A new co-working space designed by architect and design agency Specific Generic opens early 2021 in Stockholm. United Spaces is located in the historic building ’Öskaret 1’, designed and built by architect Ferdinand Boberg in 1906.
Besides work stations, the 4000 square metres includes a library, a plant filled oasis and a golden cocktail bar. The interior takes cues from the prevailing Jugend style.
A particular painting by Swedish artist Anders Zorn, a friend of Boberg, has caught the attention of Specific Generic. It is a portrait, painted in the year 1900, of Elizabeth Shearman Cameron, a senator's wife that was known for being one of Washington's most fashionable hostesses. She’s seated in a curved sofa upholstered in tones of red. As a backdrop sits a beautiful gold leaf wallpaper with Japanese blossoming cherry branches.
"The painting is the base of our palette. The gold of the wallpaper became the golden bar that is the heart of the space. The red tones are found throughout the space," says Maja Bernvill, Chief Creative Officer of Specific Generic.
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For the opening United Spaces will feature works by artists such as Jenny Källman, Åsa Jungnelius and Jonas Nobel, carefully curated by the in-house art curator Jun-Hi Wennergren Nordling. The pieces will be renewed every six months and available for sale.
The furniture selected brings associations to nature, Asia and the turn of the last century, including Puddle table by Massproductions, Log tables by Gervasoni, Konstantin Grcic’s Mingx chair for Driade and bent wood chairs from Gebruder Thonet. There are also bespoke XXXL size communal atelier tables inspired by nature. "The hope is that these tables will be catalyzers for conversations between United Spaces' members," Bernvill says, adding that she believes people will be in be in desperate need of real social interaction post Covid-19.
"When in the office, more focus will be on meeting other people and here co-working venues will provide an interesting alternative, with the mix of guests and social events."
”When in the office, more focus will be on meeting other people and here co-working venues will provide an interesting alternative.”