In 2019, Sullivan and Stacy began collaborating with Svenskt Tenn inside designer Julia Prytz, who had by no means orchestrated such a sturdy ode to the model earlier than. “We usually combine our items with others that the shoppers have already got, however this was an empty dwelling, so it was an uncommon however implausible alternative for me,” says Prytz. “These hard-working women have a Scandinavian sensibility, and so they simply fell in love with every thing they noticed at Svenskt Tenn.”
As Stacy gravitates towards vivid maximalist tones and Sullivan’s fashion skews midcentury trendy, the designs might assist them marry their two aesthetics. With this in thoughts, Prytz embraced Svenskt Tenn’s philosophy of layering a number of patterns, shades, and supplies to conjure “European class, heat, and a homey essence,” as she places it.
The inventive course of first unfolded over video calls between Prytz, Stacy, and Sullivan. “Julia is a superb designer and had an instantaneous understanding of our tastes and what we needed to do. She is aware of all the colour mixtures in her head and started to sketch,” Sullivan recollects. (Hanna Lundborg, who now not works at Svenskt Tenn however managed the entire mission’s quite a few particulars, was additionally indispensable, Sullivan stresses.)
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Then, Prytz, armed with samples and temper boards, flew in from Sweden to see the rooms up shut earlier than Sullivan and Stacy returned to an more and more acquainted Stockholm to “take a look at each couch and stool,” Sullivan says. “We have been allowed to remain after closing time and it was like being in a museum at night time, alone with every thing so exquisitely organized.” Prytz additionally took them to see furnishings from different Swedish manufacturers, like Asplund and Källemo, to bolster the in any other case full-on Svenskt Tenn interiors.
Just a few months later, the bevy of shipped items was put in below Prytz’s supervision. She fondly remembers Stacy and Sullivan’s reactions to every of the gadgets as they have been lifted from crates: “Each piece that got here out they beloved. It was a really joyful course of,” she says.
Svenskt Tenn furnishings and textiles, Sullivan notes, have been initially designed for folks contending with darkish, brooding winters. The exuberant palette “was a welcome supply of uplift.” However even in sunny southern California, Sullivan and Stacy admire its nuances, such because the inexperienced pillows on the protected veranda that mimic the encircling grass. “We get up day-after-day,” says Sullivan, “stuffed with pleasure at the fantastic thing about our home.”