Ett Hem is an exercise in what a hotel can be, as opposed to what it should be. A place of rest for the modern traveller, Ett Hem is about fresh flowers, a log fire and a kitchen with a fridge generously stocked with local, seasonal treats. It is about a real welcome, a smiling face, a place of subtle splendor. Through the small garden, rise up the granite steps, a reassuringly weighty front door and beyond a welcome embrace - a generous haptic experience from the front door to eaves of the attic.
A hotel, smaller than most and very much anchored in its local context. A place with a real sense of itself, holding an international outlook alongside a classically Swedish spirit. A sense of self might be an unusual thing to say about a small business but only unusual due to the unfortunate lack of self-awareness in the world in which it operates.
It is a very special place to some of us here. It was the last project our creative director Jonathan worked on while based with Studioilse. Three years in the making, every little detail from the box of matches by the stove, to the handrail on the stairs and the key to the cocktail cabinet were carefully considered by Studioilse and the owner as the project evolved from an intriguing idea into reality.
Here is a short video shot in the hotel the summer it was opened. Ilse Crawford introduces the project and if you are quick you will spot Jonathan. You can also read more about this project and others in Ilse’s beautiful new book ‘A Frame For Life’, available here.