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Azure Magazine November December 2022 Cover: The Residential Interiors Issue

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You’ve made hygge part of your design vocabulary. Now it’s time to embrace “funkis.” In its interior design for MBS by Malika, a beauty clinic in central Stockholm, the studio ASKA has crafted an homage to classic Swedish modernism. Using materials like Alvar Aalto–inspired rounded tiles, oak veneer, compact laminate and structured glass, it has crafted a 70-square-metre space that exudes the subtleties of Nordic functionalism, aka, funkis.

Situated in a 1930s building, the space features a striking reception desk in a lozenge shape that is clad in similarly contoured tiles – Aalto would be proud. Three minimal white sconces dot the wall behind the table, which is perched on a floor of porcelain tiles that are inspired by Ekeberg marble, a variety indigenous to Sweden. Just beyond this area, three shallow steps and an archway lead into a private area for massage.


Oak veneer provides a contrast against the white surfaces – it’s employed to striking effect in a generous storage system with open and closed shelves and as baseboards that ring the store. The designers outlined the millwork, the archway and the lower wall panels in a light blue tone that complements the darker blue grouting and countertop of the reception table. This nuanced approach to the colour palette continues in the cream-coloured lounge tables and nail manicure stations – all of which were also designed by ASKA.

It’s been an auspicious beginning for the firm. Madeleine Klingspor and Polina Sandström established ASKA in 2020 and have already completed a trio of eye-popping interiors that put a playful spin on Scandinavian design. MBS follows the head office of haircare brand Maria Nila and Café Banacado, two equally impressive projects.

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