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Steal This Look: A Black-Out Bedroom in a Converted Bunker in Sweden

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Steal This Look: A Black-Out Bedroom in a Converted Bunker in Sweden

October 31, 2023

Swedish architecture firm Skälsö balances dark interiors with a unique, welcoming quality. Case in point: the blackout bedroom of a converted military bunker in Bungenäs, the northern region of Gotland. Lead architect Joachim Kuylenstierna took on the commission of renovating 30 military buildings on a site abandoned since the 1960s as the firm’s first project. The holiday home seen here, cast in-situ concrete and Gotland pine, includes a bedroom of ebonized wood, black linens and sheepskins, and stealth black wall lighting. Here we profile the main components of the moody look.

unabashed layers of black in the bedroom from walls and carpet down to the read 17
Above: Unabashed layers of black in the bedroom from walls and carpet down to the reading sconce and bedding. Photo by Anna Sundström for Skälsö Architects.
another sleeping nook where gotland pine windows and an oxidized metal sconce a 18
Above: Another sleeping nook where Gotland pine windows and an oxidized metal sconce are the only notes of color in the room. Photo by Anna Sundström for Skälsö Architects.

Materials

skälsö collaborated with carpentry manufacturers ammor snickerier to  19
Above: Skälsö collaborated with carpentry manufacturers Ammor Snickerier to create a series of custom windows and doors in Gotland core pine called Bungenässerien.

Lighting & Furniture

the wall light in the sleeping nook is the orsjo puck wall light from swedish l 20
Above: The wall light in the sleeping nook is the Orsjo Puck Wall Light from Swedish lighting company Åke Hultgren. The light is in a custom oxidized metal but is available through Åke Hultgren in white, grey, chrome, matte brass, and black (shown).
next to the bed is the wastberg w\153 Île clamp lamp in jet black mounted  21
Above: Next to the bed is the Wastberg w153 Île Clamp Lamp in Jet Black mounted to the wall as a plug-in sconce; $305 at Horne.
the petite friture fromme chair in black metal designed by tom chung is \$698 t 22
Above: The Petite Friture Fromme Chair in black metal designed by Tom Chung is $698 through Petite Friture’s dealers.

Fabrics

for similar heavy charcoal velvet curtains, the pottery barn velvet twill black 23
Above: For similar heavy charcoal velvet curtains, the Pottery Barn Velvet Twill Blackout Curtain in Flagstone starts at $149.
for a similar thin curtain in a rust like brown, the by mölle sheer linen  24
Above: For a similar thin curtain in a rust-like brown, the By Mölle Sheer Linen Curtains are available in a range of colors; prices start at €30.25.
tekla makes a set of percale cotton black bedding, available à la carte as 25
Above: Tekla makes a set of percale cotton black bedding, available à la carte as pillow cases, fitted sheets, flat sheets, and duvets. The Ash Black Pillow Sham starts at $35 at Tekla.
for a set of rustic linen bedding in off black, the parachute linen duvet cover 26
Above: For a set of rustic linen bedding in off-black, the Parachute Linen Duvet Cover Set in Coal is $409 for the queen set.
available at st. frank, the gotland sheepskin rug in black is \$370. though cur 27
Above: Available at St. Frank, the Gotland Sheepskin Rug in Black is $370. Though currently out of stock, contact St. Frank for future availability. A similar option, the Hygge Life Gotland Sheepskin in Darker Grey is $325 at Hygge Life.
the kvadrat bambusa rug \19\16 is a dark rug made of bamboo designed by ulf mor 28
Above: The Kvadrat Bambusa Rug 1916 is a dark rug made of bamboo designed by Ulf Moritz. The color shown is a dark green available for $2,763 at Finnish Design Shop. Another option is the Nordic Knots Zero Rug in Anthracite Mix for $695.

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$2,763.00 USD from Finnish Design Shop

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