In a 495-square-foot attic in the Söder neighborhood of Stockholm, interior designer Jimmy Schonning—a local celebrity for his role in the Swedish TV shows “Finally at Home” and “Styling Emergency”—has carved out a sweet and stylish home. His diminutive studio is chockablock with creative storage solutions (built-in closets; a washer and drier hidden under a workbench in the bathroom) and loads of personality.
In the living room, the sofa is built in modules that can be turned to face the terrace in the summertime, or the kitchen in the winter.
The reading corner can be turned into an extra bed. Schonning designed the leather poufs himself, and made the cushions from an Ikea carpet. Under the concrete slab there is room for wood, books and newspapers.
In the tiny sleeping loft is platform bed with two drawers beneath it. In place of wallpaper, Schonning enlarged a photograph he snapped in Rio de Janeiro. The inset spotlights and a small shelf at the end of the bed offer light and additional storage.
Back downstairs, the kitchen occupies a long wall. The stainless steel worktop was so long—more than 16 feet—that it had to be lifted in through the window.
The fiberglass kitchen table is from Habitat. The Tolix galvanized steel chairs were designed by Xavier Pauchard. A rattan lamp from Gervasoni hangs from the ceiling. Pots of elk horn bracken sit on the windowsill.
The shelf over the sink is made from wood scraps from an old jetty. It’s lined with glass on the top and bottom, to better reflect light and show off the objects Schonning has arranged on it.
In the office, a Granit filing cabinet stashes supplies and papers, and a bulletin board does double-duty as a ‘mood board,’ tracking Schonning’s inspirations. The back of the desk runs all the way to the floor, concealing the inevitable tangle of cords.
Black tiles and fittings lend the bathroom a dramatic look. The black bathtub is made of recycled plastic. In the bathroom, wooden shelves in front of the window screen the room from public view, and provide added storage.
The apartment’s built-in closets are deep and have mirrors on one side. Spotlights set flush overhead provide light and also allow the maximum amount of storage, all the way to the ceiling.