My oldest friend lives in the center of Malmö, in a remodeled loft furnished with midcentury finds and vintage rugs from Turkey and Morocco. It's one of my favorite places, for reasons having nothing to do with the design.
During a raucous dinner party a few years ago, I went into labor with my first-born. So of course I have a natural affection for the loft, which took a year and a half to renovate and features touches like Dinesen wide-plank floors and a kitchen from Uniform. My friend, a yoga instructor, and her husband, a consultant, are a well-traveled couple who explored the world before settling in Malmö, Sweden, and they've infused their home with a mix of exotic finds and Scandinavian classics. To see more of the space, go to Bo-laget.
Above: My friends collect mid-century Scandinavian furniture and vintage rugs from Morocco and Turkey.
Above: A view from the living room toward the dining and patio areas.
Above: The oak kitchen from Uniform features honed black granite countertops; the appliances are by Siemens, the hood is from Viking. The floors are stained black in the entryway and the kitchen to define the space.
Above: An eating area off the kitchen features a vintage dining table from Ikea and four black Eames chairs. A small patio area overlooks the city's rooftops.
Above: The loft features exposed beams and Dinesen flooring throughout. The table is a vintage Florence Knoll oval table desk.
Above: A vintage Swan chair by Arne Jacobsen mingles with an antique dresser in the master bedroom.
Above L: A children's bedroom features a classic String bookshelf and lighting by Danish Le Klint. Above R: A detail of the Dinesen floors.
Above: Both the guest and master bathroom floors are paved in radiant-heated black slate ceramic tiles.