Lighting also plays a key role in softening the sober backdrop: a large installation of individual bulbs, reminiscent of cascading water droplets, descends dramatically from the ceiling on the second floor down to the entrance hall, creating a play of light on the walls and floors. Sofie used sidelights where possible, eschewing glaring overhead bulbs. ‘We chose fittings with a more natural, yellow type of light,’ she says. ‘The UK has quite blue daylight, particularly in winter, so we wanted to counter that.’ The furniture that defines this home’s scheme is clean-lined and modern – from both Italian and Nordic designers – and either lighter or darker than the grey walls. ‘But it’s never matching,’ says Sofie. ‘I like to layer different shades from the same family, or from complementary colours.
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Most things look beautiful against a backdrop of grey walls – the hue enhances everything.’ The house was completely gutted in 2015, and was rebuilt to incorporate a lower level with high ceilings and skylights. Here, the swimming pool resides beside the kitchen/dining room (separated by a bespoke pane of glass). It opens out onto the garden and a vast, cathedral-like entrance hall via sliding glass doors. Across three floors, the home has seven en-suite bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a sauna/steam room, an office and meditation space, a bar, cinema, three large reception rooms, a breakout room for the family, and more. The main bedroom even has its own lounge area, bathroom and dressing room. ‘It is grand, but it’s not a formal or stiff house,’ says Sofie. ‘It’s warm and unpretentious, just like its down-to-earth owners.’ nordstromstudio.com
Dining room The oval Eero Saarinen dining table is surrounded by ‘Grand Prix’ chairs by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. The pendant light is the ‘Light Ring’ chandelier by Henge. Nearby stands a ‘Besson’ cabinet by Broberg & Ridderstrale for Asplund (available from Twentytwentyone).
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