Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


Places & Faces

Nordic Minimalism Meets The Sea

In an old shipyard in Stockholm’s central island of Djurgården lays a two-part restaurant by owners chef Magnus Ek and Agneta Green. Slip, a casual bistro, and Krog, a Michelin two-starred fine dining experience, make up the two halves of Stockholm’s trendiest waterside gem, Oaxen Krog & Slip.

Built in the footprint of the shipyard, the iconic establishment’s corrugated iron frame, painted bright yellow, stands out against the leafy green of the waterside neighbourhood. Enormous floor-to-ceiling windows, which cover one entire side of the building, overlook the marina and the neatly lined yachts of old and new. Architect Mats Fahlander and architect/interior designer Agneta Pettersson have managed to retain the history and nautical nature of its predecessor, whilst also adding modern sophistication into the mix.

Hoisted from Slip’s nine metre tall ceiling rafters are a bight-bottomed 1905 traditional Swedish boat and a single-stroke skull – nautical references paying homage to the site, without being cliché. Pettersson’s design ingenuity is seen through the sourced vintage and locally made furniture and joinery used throughout the interior. Vintage theatre seating, fixed to the floor, neatly line two long dining tables – the retractable seats maximising flow by allowing diners to move freely in the restricted space. Tom Dixon tables line the rest of the bistro paired with an assortment of vintage timber and leather seating to create a relaxed and slightly industrial aesthetic, perfectly offset by the corrugated iron frame.

Beautiful timber oak panelling creates a warm and intimate world-class 35-seater dining room that is Oaxen Krog. Bespoke tables, hand-crafted by local shipyard carpenters, are placed throughout the space – each with views of either the kitchen or impressive wine cellar. Socket lamps delicately hang over each table, so as to not detract from the intricacies of the slatted oak panels that seamlessly contrast the coolness of the polished concrete floor. A built-in leather sofa subtly mirrors that of the one downstairs in Split – a clever harmony between two stylistically different spaces.

Max Sparrow

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