Founded in 2005, indoors layout company Sigmar was born out of ardor for traditional Scandinavian fixtures. Driven by ‘a desire for best and integrity,’ proprietors Ebba Thott and Nina Hertig have advanced the exercise into a multidisciplinary tour de pressure. Alongside the layout studio and flagship London showroom, Sigmar also components different outlets and consults on projects worldwide. In 2007 (W*97), Wallpaper* visited considered one of their brand new projects, a Knightsbridge townhouse.
When a Swedish hedge fund supervisor with a passion for Scandinavian modernism wanted to do up his ‘Euro chintz’ townhouse in London’s Knightsbridge, he went immediately to Sigmar, an indoors design outfit based in Chelsea. Run by way of Swedish/Danish duo Ebba Thott and Nina Hertig, it specializes in unfashionable fixtures from Scandi greats together with Finn Juhl and Hans Wegner, in addition to smooth, modern portions from the likes of Finnish business enterprise Sector and Israeli designer Yedidia Blonder, and anyone else who does new-faculty modernism. According to Thott, they’re tough to locate. ‘Young designers who are running within the authentic modernist spirit are few and a long way between.’
‘When we started, every person said, “You’re a very area of interest, and we’ll give you six months.” That became two-and-a-half of years ago,’ provides Thott, who educated as a product designer and worked in interiors in New York earlier than shifting to London some years in the past, while the trend for Scandinavian design become red hot. Since putting in place collectively, the duo has done some of the residential initiatives, but the residence in Knightsbridge is the maximum formidable up to now, belonging because it does to a modernism fan who shares their ardor (and has a big price range).
The proprietor was open to among the duo’s tips, which protected mixing classics – Serge Mouille lights, original Castiglioni lamps, Hans Wegner teak beds – with rare portions, which includes a sweeping rosewood eating desk embedded with coins by means of Finn Juhl, and a table, designed in 1959 by means of Bodil Kjaer, considered one of which become utilized by James Bond baddie Blofeld in Diamonds Are Forever and You Only Live Twice. (Michael Caine and Prince Philip have additionally been proud proprietors.)
Hertig, who studied at Sotheby’s, scours auctions and sales global and likes nothing extra than getting her fingers on rare pieces (the latest coup was the property of Austrian Bauhaus architect Ernst Pollak). Thott masterminded the indoors, which changed into approximately ‘setting fixtures that appear new but is not new’ alongside the house’s unique period features.
Dotted with just a few key portions, the three-story bachelor pad is pretty minimal, but, insists the owner, is crowded compared along with his former apartment, which consisted of a mattress and sofas. So beginning afresh changed into smooth, and having grown up with Swedish modernism, he felt it changed into time to revisit it. ‘I didn’t without a doubt love it as an infant, but this time round, I enjoyed coming up with a whole concept. It’s a house that’s very a lot about non-public spaces, and it works’.