Since 2006, he has been running Strawberry Art Design, Petter Stordalen’s ever-growing private art collection, and was responsible for sourcing the art for At Six.Do you have a favorite piece of art from the collection? Even the simplest of standard rooms feel luxurious, considered and detailed.We wanted every room to feel like a suite so even in the smallest of standard rooms we have clear hallway, sleeping and living zones.
The food in the woodfire warmed five table restaurant comes straight from the kitchen garden and from surrounding producers who often deliver their regional dishes exclusively for their kitchen.
The best news is that this place is to be visited until after the New Year's Eve while the rest of Basse Normandie seems to be hibernating...
Time seems to go slower in small towns like Bellême where the benches on the village square are overgrown by ocher-yellow mosses surrounded by a magisterial forest domain of more than 2400 hectares in the Perche Natural Park.
The domain seems to stretch as far as Rémalard, you can sleep there in the middle of the forest at a charming former woodchopping village turned hotel 'D'une Ile' run by Sofie and Michel, a magical place with unique sleeping places that each have their own touch.
Can you tell us more about the Stockholm elements in the design?
Some elements tie the hotel to the city and local area more literally – For example the Swedish leather from the Tarnsjo tannery to the north of the city wrapped around the staircase handrail and on the restaurant banquettes, the bespoke lighting by Swedish lighting company Rubn whose standard range of contemporary fittings evoke a sense of quintessential Stockholm design and the commissioned table in the wine bar carved from a single Stockholm Elm tree by local artist Lies Marie Hoffman.
Where possible we used local suppliers and makers from the city.
We also drew inspiration from the existing architecture of the square, in particular Peter Celsing’s stone clad Riksbank, and the ancient geology of the city when it came to selecting stone types for the floor and wall cladding of the public spaces.
In keeping with the period of the building, we specified lots of 20th century furniture pieces including re-editions of classic Scandinavian pieces (chairs by Nils Otto Moller, Poul Kjaerholm alongside other classic European design: Perriand, Albini, Scarpa) .