Somewhere in Scandinavia, right on the spot where the bustling grey boulevards meet the last surviving patches of natural greenery, a four-room apartment rises halfway between them, getting the best of both worlds. If outside the lie of the land is divided, indoors all of the flat’s almost 100 sq meters come together in a consistent display of white, under the constant caress of sunlight. The palette is richer than that though, with a healthy showing of purple, mauve and fuchsia cropping up on throw pillows, mats, knick-knacks and art pieces alike. The prevalence of quirky objects – lampshades, vases and other decorative trinkets – more than makes up for the white, gray and wooden tones that would’ve otherwise looked bland.
While facing a street plainly lined with red-bricked cookie-cutter apartment buildings, this flat hides a secret, out back – a luxuriant hillside where scrappy bushes and gnarly trees meet the eye of the dweller, as s/he sits on the intimate balcony, over breakfast perhaps. It’s easy to imagine yourself leisurely pottering around this place, arranging vibrant flowers on a three-petal coffee table or marking time before the kettle whistles on the burner. And then, as the angelic statuette watches over you from the fireplace mantle, you’ll sit down with friends in the living room, and giggle over where you’ve managed to fit your latest art acquisition in the little space that remains on your crowded walls!