Elin Kling and Karl Lindman share rules for interior design at 49 Mercer Street.
When we first entered this space, we were amazed by the size of it. After all, this is New York, where extra legroom is a luxury. We got excited about the idea of creating a bulging sitting area in the middle of the room, with the large and deep type of sofas that one would expect to find in a Hamptons vacation home. The ones we chose from Svensk Tenn, Sweden's interior design authority, with a fabric pattern created by Joseph Frank in 1938. People think of Scandinavian design as restrained and muted, but this shows a maximalist side too, which is of course very at home in New York.
The space is flooded with natural light from large windows and skylights, so lamps should should be placed intentionally to give room shape and create atmosphere. We wanted these pendant lamps to cast a soft and warm glow, They were made by Holleroed and modelled after a fixture at the Stockholm Public Library designed by Gunnar Asplund.
We love this coffee table by Marc Newsom so much that we bought two: one for our Stockholm flagship and one for here. It's a perfect example of a how well designed piece of furniture can deliver in different settings. Functionally, it is the perfect height for this hanger area. It's tall enough that people don't have to double themselves over to reach their phone or glass, but low enough that it does nor obstruct conversation or your view of whoever is sitting opposite.
When carefully located, shelves can create flow, improve a room's proportions, and add visual interest. We're deploying shoes oaths tall, simple, unit. Its slightly curved shape can be spotted elsewhere – in chairs, columns, lamps, tables, hanging rails, door handles. If you pay attention to small details like this, you can achieve a sense of cohesion and continuity, even if objects weren't necessarily designed to go together. The material – metal and glass – is a nod to the big windows and cast-iron facades around the neighbourhood.
We made a mirrored display cabinet, together with Hollered, to house a collection of pewter objects from Svensk Tenn. each piece is handmade and has a pleasing, reassuring weight. When it comes to gift giving, you you can never go wrong with something small and heavy. We've displayed these little artworks, but they ask serve a impose too, which is part of why we love them. We overheard someone ask if they were stolen from a museum, which suggests they make good conversation starters too.