Interiors company Sigmar creates a Scandinavian modernist haven in London
Founded in 2005, indoors design company Sigmar become born out of ardour for classic Scandinavian furniture. Driven by using ‘a choice for nice and integrity,’ owners Ebba Thott and Nina Hertig have advanced the practice right into a multidisciplinary excursion de force. Alongside the design studio and flagship London showroom, Sigmar also substances different stores and consults on projects worldwide. In 2007 (W*97), Wallpaper* visited certainly one of their modern initiatives, 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 directly to Sigmar, an interior design outfit primarily based in Chelsea. Run through Swedish/Danish duo Ebba Thott and Nina Hertig, it specializes in unfashionable furnishings from Scandi greats such as Finn Juhl and Hans Wegner, in addition to glossy, modern-day pieces from the likes of Finnish employer Sector and Israeli fashion designer Yedidia Blonder, and each person else who does new-college modernism. According to Thott, they’re difficult to find. ‘Young designers who are running in the proper modernist spirit are few and some distance between.’
‘When we started, each person said, “You’re very niche, and we’ll come up with six months.” That become two-and-a-1/2 years in the past,’ adds Thott, who educated as a product fashion designer and worked in interiors in New York earlier than transferring to London a few years ago, while the fashion for Scandinavian layout become red warm. Since putting in place collectively, the duo has carried out some of the private initiatives. However, the residence in Knightsbridge is the boldest thus far, belonging as it does to a modernism fan who stocks their ardor (and has a huge budget).
The owner was open to a few of the duo’s pointers, which blanketed mixing classics – Serge Mouille lights, unique Castiglioni lamps, Hans Wegner teak beds – with rare portions, including a sweeping rosewood eating table embedded with coins with the aid of Finn Juhl, and a desk, designed in 1959 through Bodil Kjaer, one among which was used 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 worldwide and likes nothing more significant than getting her palms on wonderful pieces (a recent coup became the estate of Austrian Bauhaus architect Ernst Pollak). Thott masterminded the indoors, which was approximately ‘setting furniture that looks new however is not new’ along the house’s authentic period features.