It's all smoke and mirrors in this deceiving 19th century stable that has been transformed into a modern design studio. One of Sweden's largest design consultants, No Picnic commissioned Elding Oscarson to turn two dilapidated but heavily protected buildings into an open, prototypical workshop and showroom rolled into one. Restricted by Stockholm's regulations for historic buildings, the firm used trompe l'oeil effects in order to create the illusion of space and privacy.
While the interior may seem understated, turning crumbling but cherished buildings into a contemporary workshop was no easy feat. The designers stripped down the former stable to reveal its gaping interior and applied an acoustical treatment to the wall, but the former training hall for troops included a mezzanine that the attending antiquarian insisted should stay. Luckily that was a good thing.
Elding Oscarson was able to work around these constraints by creating a thin, reflecting aluminum mirror that aggrandizes the room and creates more privacy for the customer area. Large windows invite plenty of daylight into the studio, reducing energy consumption. Otherwise, the renovation is defined by a certain chic simplicity that we like a lot.