ISSUE 24  |  Scandi Midsummer

Miss Clara: Glamorous Comfort in Stockholm

June 20, 2014 9:00 AM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

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Swedish hotelier Nobis Group have renovated a former girls’ school in an Art Nouveau building, transforming it into Stockholm’s latest must-visit hotel. At Miss Clara, the guest rooms offer sparse yet warmly detailed Scandi comforts, and the public spaces are resplendent with Art Nouveau décor. 

Photographs via Miss Clara Hotel.

Above: The renovation of the 1910 building was carried out by Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh. While sparsely furnished, the guest rooms are rich in texture. A herringbone-patterned wood floor continues up the walls to form a wainscot. An elegant valet perched at the bottom of the bed is made from bentwood and echoes the form of a Thonet chair

Above: A sculptural “type-objet” Lampe Gras lamp is wall mounted as a bedside lamp.

Above: A detail of the dark wood herringbone wainscot. In Chevron and Herringbone: Spot the Difference, we discuss how to tell the two patterns apart. And for more inspiration, browse our Wood Floor posts.

Above: The building retains its original Art Nouveau arched windows. Image via Design Hotels

Above: Sculptural brass hooks mounted on wood panels created attractive open storage.

Above: The cabinetry is modern and minimal in detail.

Above: An open metal stair rail with a distinctive Art Nouveau pattern is decorative as well as functional.

Above: At the reception desk, a row of cut-glass pendants contrast with the cool aesthetic of Apple monitors. Did you know that cut glass is looking good again? See Trend Alert: Your Grandmother’s Cut Crystal Makes a Comeback.

Above: The warm tones of a wood-topped table and amber glass chandelier complement the dark grays of the dining room. 

Above: A metal framework of pendant lights animate the tall ceilings of the restaurant.

Above: Floor-to-ceiling curtains add warmth, texture, and a sense of coziness to the space.

Above: The Miss Clara has a corner entry marked by a column in the middle of an Art Nouveau arch.

In Reader Rehab: An Art Nouveau Apartment in Antwerp, graphic designer Davy Dooms takes his color cues from a poster. If you’re planning a trip to Sweden, our City Guides will help you map out design spots. And on Gardenista, we offer 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Scandinavia

Below: Hotel Clara is centrally located in Stockholm: