This wonderful loft apartment is situated in the Norwegian city of Stavanger and is the home of Mariken Steen and her partner Stian Einar Forgaard.
Mariken is an illustrator & Stian a film director, so as they put it, “are exposed to a lot of visual stimulation” in their work lives. Their home is a retreat from this – calmness, simplicity & functionality are the words that spring to mind.
The interior is essential for their mental well being – an uncluttered house for an uncluttered mind, in effect.
The apartment is decorated quite sparsely, but certainly doesn’t lack interest. In fact, the simplicity makes it easier for your eyes to rest on certain views or pieces. A great deal of thought & sourcing has gone into it.
There’s a wonderful mix of vintage, recycled & contemporary pieces – a palette of greys, creams & browns runs throughout.
The space is full of natural light & materials, much of it provided by the structure of the building which the owners stripped right back during their renovations. Rooms are softened by textiles & candlelight.
Interiors perfection – Simply Beautiful – we love it!
It’s a huge space, the penthouse duplex, taking up the whole of the 47th & 48th floors of the building. It’s the home of Ian Simpson, Beetham Tower’s architect.
As you’d expect from one of this country’s best architects, the apartment is absolutely stunning. There are scores of floor to ceiling windows allowing sunlight to stream through into double height rooms. And being so high up the views stretch right across to the Pennines!
It even boasts an indoor swimming pool, terrace and olive grove – the trees had to be installed before the roof went on!
And of course it’s furnished with beautiful mid century modern furniture, artworks and decorative objects.
For the full tour and more photos check out the September issue of Elle Decoration.
Update (3 April 2016): Here’s a new interview with the architect, Ian Simpson, in his penthouse apartment.