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Idunsgate Apartment – Interior Design by Haptic Studio


This modern light filled apartment in Oslo, Norway was design by London Architects Haptic. Cleverly designed using strong vertical lines to create a light and open space in this otherwise cramped 19th century building.

Featuring a floating white powder coated steel staircase that ascends from the mezzanine into the main living space. The staircase stops just short of the floor, instructing the residence to step onto a multipurpose timber ‘furniture’, custom designed to double as a set of stairs, a window seat and storage unit.

Dramatic vertical lines within the apartment create a sense of space and scale. Whilst the space does loose a large amount of floor area due to the double height ceiling in the main living area, the architects have counteracted this by clever space saving joinery and floor plan layout. The bathrooms (both en-suite and main bathroom) is organised over 3 levels by incorporating ‘found space’. A small terrace on the mezzanine level has a large glass wall that brings evening light into the whole apartment.

The apartment is predominantly white with timber features but crosses over to the ‘dark side’ in the kitchen. With dark grey cabinets and walls, it draws the individual in and identifies it as the hub of the home.

A light, modern, Nordic interior that exemplifies how clever design can transform small spaces into highly functional and dynamic interiors.

Completed in 2013

Designed by Haptic Architects

Photography is by Simon Kennedy and Inger Marie Grini.

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Written by Angela Neylon

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