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A Modern Classic Apartment Interior in Helsinki, Finland

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A Modern Classic Apartment Interior in Helsinki, Finland

January 6, 2023

New Zealand designer Katie Lockhart has developed an unparalleled approach to midcentury-inspired interiors brought into the current century. Last year, Lockhart and her team completed the renovation of an apartment in Helsinki, Finland for a young couple. They began talking during lockdown, and the project was completed remotely through most of 2021. Lockhart added architectural detailing—from flush oak architraves and skirting, an oak parquet floor, and colored tiles on the kitchen floor—to create a base palette. Here is a look at the resulting design, stripped down to show its main features.

Photography by Mary Gaudin courtesy of Katie Lockhart Studio.

the red chair is the lightwood red webbed chair by jasper morrison for maruni.  9
Above: The red chair is the Lightwood Red Webbed Chair by Jasper Morrison for Maruni. The light is the Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen PH5 Pendant in Pale Rose at Modern Planet.

The kitchen features custom oak cabinetry and built-in seating. At the top of kitchen runs the flush oak detailing (instead of typical moulding). The fireplace, also designed new, is set with black brick.

the kitchen floor is designed with heath ceramics m\17.\2 redwood tile and m6\1 10
Above: The kitchen floor is designed with Heath Ceramics M17.2 Redwood Tile and M61 Barley Tile. A Dualit 4 Slice NewGen Toaster sits in the corner.
the backsplash is designed with mutina ceramica vertically laid tile by silvia  11
Above: The backsplash is designed with Mutina Ceramica vertically laid tile by Silvia Giacobazzi.
the stainless steel sink and faucet (a john pawson design for cocoon) is echoed 12
Above: The stainless steel sink and faucet (a John Pawson design for Cocoon) is echoed with a stainless steel worktop on the custom kitchen island.
a detailed look at the custom oak flush kitchen cabinetry. 13
Above: A detailed look at the custom oak flush kitchen cabinetry.
a view of the dining cabinet and parquet floor, both in oak. 14
Above: A view of the dining cabinet and parquet floor, both in oak.

Both the kitchen and dining room cabinetry was detailed through drawings and made out of oak by a local Finnish cabinetmaker.

the dining room cabinetry is fitted with broad reeded glass. 15
Above: The dining room cabinetry is fitted with broad reeded glass.

The dining table is the couple’s vintage Hans Wegner table. The chairs are also Wegner designs: the classic Wishbone Chair in oiled oak. The pendant light above is the the Hotaru Double Bubble Light by Barber & Osgerby for Ozeki & Co. Ltd., the Japanese manufacturers of Noguchi lamp shades.

in the bedroom, the finn juhl nyhavn desk is paired with the maruni hiroshima a 16
Above: In the bedroom, the Finn Juhl Nyhavn Desk is paired with the Maruni Hiroshima Armchair (in walnut, with the seat upholstered in Divine Melange 4721). On the desk is a Verner Panton Flowerpot VP3 Table Lamp in Light Blue.

Next to the flush oak molding is one of many Charlotte Perriand Wall Lights in White positioned throughout the apartment.

a bedroom with a window looking out onto the sea. the blinds are from woodnotes 17
Above: A bedroom with a window looking out onto the sea. The blinds are from Woodnotes in Finland and the ceiling light is the Noguchi Akari 26A Shade. Beneath the bedroom window is custom oak housing for radiators.
the tile is cinca unglazed mosaic \1 inch tiles in porcelain white (0\1\20\1) a 18
Above: The tile is Cinca Unglazed Mosaic 1-Inch Tiles in Porcelain White (01201) and Grey Green (0120). The tub faucet is John Pawson for Cocoon.

The couple requested a fully tiled bathroom in a similar vein to the tiled baths Lockhart had designed previously. The result is a dual-tone palette with cream tile for the walls and green for the tub and floor.

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