Miss Clara Hotel Nobis by Alessandro Catenacci

September 17th, 2014 by retail design blog

One of Stockholm’s most treasured Art Nouveau buildings is reborn. In its most recent incarnation, the former Ateneum girl’s school has been transformed into the Miss Clara, a first class property from Sweden’s dynamic Nobis Group. Built in 1910, the building has been lovingly restored under the direction of Gert Wingårdh of architecture firm Wingårdhs with a palpable sense of heritage at its core.

All 92 rooms follow the Swedish architect’s unique concept of an outward-facing property, where the windows facing Sveavägen boulevard are treated as ‘center stage’. Here guests can expect a chic intermingling of marble bathrooms, retractable workspaces and contemporary riffs on the property’s Art Nouveau history via furniture pieces and installations. At street-level, a vibrant restaurant and bar thrive on the urban buzz of the evolving Stockholm district, welcoming guests and savvy-locals alike. Conversely, the well-equipped gym, sauna and relaxation lounge easily absorb the bustle of the neighbourhood outside, making this chic bolthole a choice venue for both business and pleasure.

Interior design: MODERN DAY ART NOUVEAU. Inspired by the building’s origins, Wingårdhs’ interiors sympathetically hark back to the Art Nouveau movement, with subtle hints of femininity in a nod to the property’s past as a girls’ school. Swedish materials, such as limestone, oak and natural leather, have been used liberally alongside parquet flooring and arched windows. Specially crafted pieces include in-room storage units that stretch the length of the window wall and incorporate pull-out work desks and luggage storage.

Alessandro Catenacci is the driving force behind many of Stockholm’s top restaurants, nightclubs and hotels. His Italian name may reveal his Roman origins, but a distinctly Scandinavian sense of luxury is obvious in everything Catenacci does. Most of all he hopes to offer guests places where they can feel as comfortable and humbly self-assured as he is. “I sometimes look at myself in the mirror and think, ‘Am I really good at anything, or was it just luck’?”


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