Usine Restaurant, Stockholm Interior, Swedish Architecture Images
Usine Restaurant Stockholm
Interior Development in Stockholm Sweden design by Richard Lindvall
24 Dec 2016
Usine Restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden
Location: Södermalmsallén 36-38, 118 28 Stockholm, Sweden
Design: Richard Lindvall Designer
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Richard Lindvall has developed the overall concept in close collaboration with the owners and restaurateurs Tim Karlsson and Michael Andreasson, previously coming from celebrated Stockholm restaurants Franska Matsalen, Pontus in the Greenhouse and most recently Museet.
Before the one year long renovations, the premises were used by the Swedish Tax Agency and consisted of a maze of tiny meeting rooms with a ceiling height of 240 cm. The entire bottom floor of the building was completely stripped down, and no trace of the old bureaucrats can now be seen in the new restaurant.
While the menu focuses on modern French cuisine, the interiors are more inspired by Scandinavian minimalism with an industrial twist. Lindvall says he took inspiration from hotels and restaurants in Shanghai, New York and Amsterdam.
“Big impressive buildings with lots of space and hard materials, but which are still keeping a welcoming atmosphere are very rare in Sweden, so I went abroad for inspiration on how to achieve this feeling.
I was a bit afraid of making it too cold, it was important to create a warmth in the environments, but still keep it raw and fresh.”
– I am especially pleased with the boards on the walls, says Lindvall, made from expanded metal that I found in Germany, cut into smaller segments and placed in black lacquered steel frames, which gives a hint of Art Deco style.
Many interior details were found from auctions, and I have been searching online for unique materials and objects that have not been seen before, like the pendants we imported from China, and the French oyster baskets holding the menus. I designed the tables and sofas and had them made by a carpenter in Lithuania, sending material samples back and fourth until we found the perfect finish.
The big fig tree at the entrance was a special request that I ordered from Ulriksdals Trädgårdar and chose mainly for the amazing gray bark. The tree is in full bloom now, so the trunk isn’t that visible, giving a very different expression than in the winter when it is all bare and minimalist.
Usine has been described as “a restaurant that could have been in New York or any other big international city, where one has created a Scandinavian feeling, but nothing like this has ever been done in Sweden before”.
Materials of high quality were selected to last time. Maple wood custom millwork and cognac leather upholstery accompanied with concrete, galvanized steel, white tiles and black iron details create a stylish but relaxed atmosphere.
To introduce an accent color, Valcromat in orange and brown was used for table tops, side tables, cabinet doors and menus. 48 tons of concrete was poured into the construction, not only for for the floors, but also to construct the two bars, reception desk, a large sofa table and a 3,5 meter wash basin in the rest room.
The large space is divided into three rooms, all revolving around a central black iron beam structure that has been designed to serve unique functions for each area.
A 2000 square meter former sausage factory in the heart of Stockholm’s lively Södermalm neighborhood has undergone an extensive renovation to give place to the new Usine concept, created by internationally renowned designer Richard Lindvall, previously known for the restaurants Museet and WIN awarded restaurant Nazdrowje.
The new space opened its doors at the end of April 2015. It includes Restaurant Bistro 38, Bar Poche 36, café, take-away, reception and conference spaces.
Photographs: Mikael Axelsson
Usine Restaurant in Stockholm images / information from Richard Lindvall
Website: Richard Lindvall
Location: Södermalmsallén 36-38, 118 28 Stockholm, Sweden, northern Europe
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