isak & malin.
34. sailor. likes blue.
29. pisces. prefers yellow.
Do you have any house rules?
Malin Like making the bed or not having crumbs in the bed.
Isak I’m probably more fascist! But a rule we have is to do things you feel good about.
There’s so much natural light in this place.
Malin I remember our first night in the apartment, we slept to the sounds of a bird symphony.
Have you become birdwatchers by living here?
didn’t you live on a boat at some point?
i made our table
myself, out of necessity.
So, it was sort of fate that you would stay on the boat. What was the feeling and sound of waking up on a boat?
It was a moment of sorrow when the owner said he was going to sell it and we understood that we had to live on land. There are also benefits to living on land, but the practical benefits do not really surpass the romance of living on the sea. When you’re on a boat you have to clean every day, you have to be ready to leave. It’s a feeling of freedom. You disconnect from society.
So you’ve become nomadic in a way. In that case, what is home to you?
Isak Now that I have my own office, but I also think that the home is a place where you should be able to create something. It’s important that there is a table where you can write, not that I write that much, but there should be. I made our table myself, out of necessity. But it is inspired by Klara Granstam who makes similar furniture and uses orange straps and buckles. That was what I had on hand when we were hosting a dinner party and I had to solve a table for our guests, who were ten minutes away.
malin, What do you focus on most when working with architecture?
What part of the practice are you drawn to?
What is more important in your opinion, to honour the heritage or to create a new context?
Is that one of the reasons why modern buildings have become somewhat soulless?
When you have a client there is compromise, what is it like at home, do you get to decide?
we both have strong opinions
on what is ugly.
What would you want to do with the apartment if you had an unlimited budget?
The kitchen cupboards have a very subtle hint of purple to them, was that here from before or something you added?
How are you with colour, you both work a lot with it. Do you have a favourite?
our main source of culture is
law & order: special victims unit.
What’s a hard no as far as interiors go?
What else rubs you the wrong way?
Are there any designers you like?
Malin It’s probably a bit cliché but I enjoy Japanese handicraft tradition very much.
What are you watching at the moment?
Malin We have a penchant for 90s and 00s detective stories on film. This is a TV series, but still a bit similar.
Isak There are 24 seasons too! It started with us having a TV and we could watch cable TV. It was like entering a world I hadn’t seen since my teens.
Malin We used to watch Law & Order after we’d been out. I like the environments a lot. The fact that it is on film makes it more nostalgic and feels more everyday.
Isak I think it’s a loving and empathetic series. Good script. We do not watch an episode without each other.
Do you feel that you influence each other creatively?
Malin I’m also influenced by Isak. He is very free in his creativity, I can feel quite locked in my discipline, so that is inspiring to me. What you do also becomes something. You really are a do-er! And is very proactive.
Speaking about proactiveness, you made a book, with your friend Baba Stiltz, how did that come about?
where do you like to hang out in stockholm?
We had dinner at Giffi the other day—we actually had our first date there. It’s a diner that’s open early in the morning. There are two in Stockholm: Café Giffi and Café 91, both have yellow signs that say: breakfast, sandwich, coffee, porridge, filet, cream.
How come it was the place for the first date?
Did you already know each other?