Entre cour et jardin


Swedish Design Moves Paris is back at the Institut Suédois with two highlights at the Hôtel de Marle, Hem x 6 and Designprocesser, in collaboration with renowned designers, brands and institutions. A place of exchange between France and Sweden, the Institut Suédois offers a multidisciplinary programme of cultural events addressing the major social issues of tomorrow. The Hôtel de Marle, built in 1562 and now hosting the Institut suédois, is considered one of the most beautiful hôtel particuliers in the city. Bought by Sweden in 1965, it was turned into the only Swedish cultural centre abroad in 1971.

In 2017, the Institut Suédois launched a vast renovation project spanning several years. Late October 2017, the first stage of the project was completed, culminating in the presentation of the new public-facing spaces. The ambitious renovation project was led by Studio TAF, based in Stockholm. The project also encompassed the Café Suédois, a foretaste for the concept of the Nationalmuseum’s cafe and restaurant renovation in October 2018. A selection of objects produced for the Nationalmuseum will be shown at the Institut suédois during this season of events in the Designprocesser exhibition.

Photo: Julien Bourgeois


Protagonists: TEA and designer Ulf Agnér

Founded in 1990 by Thomas Eriksson, the TEA architecture agency is based in Stockholm and has over thirty architects, designers and interior designers. TEA works on residential projects as well as offices and retail. Among the agency’s clients are Scandinavian Airlines, Ericsson, Hästens, IKEA, Cappellini. 

Ulf Agnér is a senior interior designer at TEA, with a special interest in restoration and the preservation of monuments. He has won awards from the Royal College of Art and the Stockholm Building Association for his research project on domestic environments and their approaches in different eras. The topic explored the rising awareness and aspiration to have respectful approaches to the qualities of existing living environments, but also to our architectural heritage. It is during a residency at the Institut Suédois that his experience of the space sparked the idea of a collaboration for the studio.

Intention: This studio is a canvas that blends two majestic references: the Hôtel de Marle, built in 1562 in the heart of Paris and the Gripsholm castle, built in 1532 in Mariefred, on the shores of lake Mälaren near Stockholm. For Entre cour et jardin, Ulf Agnér was inspired by the Cavalier wing of this Swedish castle whose functional suites inaugurated in 1782 and intact to this day prefigure the concept of a hotel room with its commodities, its independence and its comfort.

In this studio, they imagined a timeless space, a blend reminiscent of both places. Textile is in the spotlight with the presence of curtains, cushions and wall hangings in the main room. This use of textile creates both the elegance and the acoustic comfort to work, sleep, relax… The furniture, decoration, colour and texture palettes echo the past of these two historical buildings and conjure the stories of those who lived there, creating a graceful bridge between Sweden and France. A compelling example of this is the handmade wallpaper in the kitchen: a floral motif from the 18th century redesigned with contemporary aesthetics by Ulf Agnér.

The interior designer also pays homage to the figures of the Hôtel de Marle’s history with delicate touches. For example, there is an auction-bought piece by Léonor Fini, who once lived in the house, as well as an original publication about Philibert Delorme, the architect of the roof, found in an antique bookstore.

Photo 1 & 3: Raphaël Dautigny
Photo 2: Julien Bourgeois

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