Restaurant Hilma

Torsgatan, Stockholm, Sweden
Foto © Morgan Norman
Foto © Morgan Norman
Foto © Morgan Norman
Foto © Morgan Norman
Foto © Morgan Norman
Foto © Morgan Norman
Foto © Morgan Norman

Generator Hostels
Torsgatan, Stockholm
Year of Commission
Artists: Jacob Erixson, Emil & Chris Deepwood tattoo
Project management: Nima Aase, Turner & Townsend
Entreprenör: Konrad Lewko, Manor House
Type of project
Restaurant concept, Interior design, Planning

A Decadently Welcoming Experience

How do you create a restaurant that feels pioneeringly decadent, yet warm and welcoming at the same time? A visit at Hilma in Stockholm will give you the answer. Here, Tengbom’s interior design studio displayed its most innovative side, while care for the client and the visitor can be seen in every little detail.


Cosy with an edge

The client, Generator Hostel, which has a portfolio full of design-driven hostels in trendy cities, has become known for not shying away from full-on interiors, and it was also from this that the “decadence and fetishism brief” emerged. But how do you design a “decadent interior”? And how do you combine that with the other clear desire, that Hilma should be a warm and cosy neighbourhood restaurant where everyone should feel welcome?


The solution was to zoom out a bit, and look at the world of art and fashion to see how they tackle subcultures. One clear inspiration was the artist Hilma Af Klint. The interior design circle around a contemporary Klint figure who creates tattoos with occult elements, shakes curative drinks and is a cruel figure in the DJ booth. To balance this out and create a sense of the artist’s superb treatment of colour, unexpected details are combined with warm, inviting fabrics, powdery colours and plenty of humour.


The balance is the be-all and end-all

The restaurant is divided into clear zones and a great deal of the interior design is specially aimed at being adapted to the brief and the premises.


At Hilma there is also a functioning tattoo studio as an important part of the concept. And not forgetting enticing vintage pinball machines and multi-coloured flooring. But there is also a trustworthy bar in the traditional way and quieter seating areas for people who have come for the dining experience.


The characteristic aspect of Hilma is the mixture of action and calm. Something that can also be said about the district the restaurant is located on, a corner of the capital where there is not so much going on. Yet.


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