Eloquent and Enduring
Swede Collection, a small quiet furniture company that bench makes limited-quantity Franco-Swedish furniture pieces by hand in Soft Grandeur style. The very highest-skilled people lovingly make our furniture piece by piece. Many pieces are hand carved by very talented hands.
Our specialty is comfortable Swedish dining chairs and we also make occasional chairs in Gustavian, Rococo and Empire styles. Our goal is to bring back to life this beautiful furniture from 1770-1790 for today’s homes.
Our second specialty is console tables. Many are hand carved or have natural marble tops.
Creating enduring furniture that is elegant, inheritable, lasting and timeless is a life-long passion that became a reality via Swede.
- What’s your go-to classic color choice?
- White. It is my first choice for table linens, bed linens, paint, and upholstery. One of my favorite wallpapers in white is Thibaut Merrill in silver. I use white acrylic upholstery on everything since it cleans so easily. Also like a combination of white and turquoise and white and gold leaf. In Swedish rooms, I like white and grey. My second favorite color is aqua. In an all-white room such as a living room or bedroom you can add a touch of aqua or orchid in paintings, live florals and pillows and instantly the room becomes that color and readily changeable to the next color choice. White allows you to change your mind often. Bedrooms always look crisp and clean in white. Cleanable fabrics make white possible.
- Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
- Not a modern hotel but the old hotel particulars in Paris. The architectural detail is fabulous and I try to capture as much of it as possible with my Canon.
- Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
- My Canon camera. I try not to use my phone camera so I get the best quality photo possible. I have captured/documented the details of Paris in over 7,000 photos. I look for beautiful places, gardens, and buildings everywhere for inspiration.
- Where do you go to spot new style?
- I peruse my circuit of favorite new stores and antique stores and of course furniture markets. I also read many shelter magazines and search online sites as well as follow many blogs. I am not interested in what is trendy and current but what is enduring and beautiful in its own right. I am interested in what new items talented people create with their own skill and hands.
- Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
- Not really. The design and menus change so frequently it would be hard to limit to just one.
- What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
- All the small museums of Paris, particularly Musee Nissim de Camondo and Jacquemart-Andre.
- How do you usually start your weekend?
- Hugging my Tuxedo tomcat, Ascot, and having dinner with my husband who is a great cook.
- Who or what is your biggest design influence?
- The cabinetmakers of Stockholm from 1770 to 1790. They made such incredible pieces.
- How do you keep it all together?
- I can't say I do. Don't look at the top of my desk or my office!
- Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
- I love to garden because there is so much beauty. So rewarding when a plant blooms for you. In looking at my garden, it is definitely freestyle as I did not make a formal garden plan. I just purchase plants I like and stick them in the ground.