A penthouse apartment in the Södermalm district of Stockholm, comprising a living room, dining room, kitchen,office, storage area, bedroom and bathroom.
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The owners moved in to an unmodernised period apartment in Stockholm, home to ornate wood burners, original oil-painted ceilings and elaborate cornicing.
Architect and designer, Massimo Buster Minale,had worked on so many clinical, neutral interiors for clients that he and his wife wanted the complete opposite – dark, decadent and brimming with character.
The jumble of contemporary prints, Mexican Day of the Dead artefacts and battered vintage relics in their handsome 1860s flat is the perfect antidote to an overdose of white walls and beech floors, typical of most modern Scandinavian interiors.
The colours of the ornate, original ceiling (above) are echoed in the couple’s choice of artwork and accessories.
The motto “less is more” doesn’t apply in this home. As founder of edgy design firm Buster + Punch, Massimo is able to indulge his love of decadent themes, working in collaboration with, among others, custom motorbike builder Boneshaker Choppers, which inspired the Buster + Punch debut collection.
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The couple did up the flat on a shoestring, replacing the bathroom and kitchen with units built from basic materials in Massimo’s workshop.
The couple sawed a junk-shop table in half to make a breakfast bar and made the shelves out of vintage wooden skis.
The couple’s art collection extends into the bedroom.
Luxury towels in peacock colours offset the spartan décor.
Learn more about Massimo’s architectural and design practice at minaleandmann.com.
See the Buster + Punch range at busterandpunch.com (opens in new tab).
Photography / Paul Massey
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