Interior Design Inspiration From a Stylish Helsinki Restaurant

, , , , , , , , By Catherine Lazure | Nordic Design

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Talented interior designer Joanna Laajisto is the creative mind behind the concept for restaurant Michel (formerly known as König) in Helsinki.

The look is elegant yet relaxed and inviting. “The objective was to create a comfortable and casual interior that fits the surrounding neighbourhood”, tells Laajisto. 

Vertical and narrow shiplap is a nod to the city’s traditional kiosks (such as this one) from the 1940’s. It was painted a gorgeous shade of sage green, similar to Farrow & Ball’s Breakfast Room.

I am also loving the hand finished porcelain tiles and how how the light bounces off the glaze. Notice the vertical stacked bond pattern – It is modern and refreshing, while complementing the wall paneling. Together they totally enhance the ceiling height, too.

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Brown is also predominant in the space, creating a beautiful and nature-inspired palette. Laajisto played with various shades, from the pale blond wood and the rich cognac leather seating to the dark walnut-coloured floors.

Veiny marble, on the table top, accent walls and bar, add sophistication, while a few touches of black provide contrast and an industrial edge. Brass details and mirrors brighten up and complete the design scheme perfectly.

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You can spot numerous Marble Lights by &Tradition, wall sconces by Atelier Areti, and Saarinen tables. For similar dining chairs, have a look at this model or Fredericia’s Spanish chair. This one from Hay could do the trick, too. I also noticed Ribbons candleholders from Georg Jensen.

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Pretty nice, right?

I’ve deconstructed the look to help you understand the design scheme, and hopefully inspire you to recreate something similar at home:

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Visit:

Michel
Mikonkatu 4
00100
Helsinki
Tel. +358 9 856 85750

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If you are planning a stay in Helsinki, why not check out these 15 beautiful Airbnbs in the city?

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Photos: Mikko Ryhänen 

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This story was originally published in 2015. It has since been updated and republished by Catherine Lazure-Guinard. 

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P.S Looking for the best gift ideas? Have a look at our 2019 guide for design lovers!


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