Like anything beauty-related, sophistication, too, tends to be in the eye of the beholder. However, there is little doubt that this superb penthouse found on Swedish realty site Skeppsholmen is anything but exquisitely appointed. The major design elements set the tone: the exposed wooden girders in the lofted day area mirror the deep mahogany tone of the hardwood flooring, while the furniture in neutral tones is offset by several décor details that complete the picture of refinement. The functional fireplace in one corner of the open plan room marks the passage into the dining area, where a white-table-black-chair set sits in quiet beauty next to the shimmering black concert piano. The red, retro bar stools by the breakfast bar complement the polished chrome-and-wood-veneer look of the intelligently designed kitchen.
Throughout the apartment, the lighting is discreet and sets the mood for quiet times to be enjoyed with loved ones in the evenings that follow hectic urban days. The 200 square-meter home boasts three bedrooms, a master bathroom in black and white tiles, with a majestic built-in bathtub, as well as two open terraces which look out onto the vibrant cityscape. The home seems to have been designed for parties with soft piano playing in the background, while guests sip on their Martinis and step out onto either terrace, to cool off in the crisp Scandinavian air of the evening.