The ideas pouring out of the grand 1800s building that design studio Frama inhabits are fully eclectic. The Copenhagen-based collective has a working space that is ever changing and experimental, and it is with this aesthetic they have started a new venture – Frama Interior Architecture, transforming the interiors of two stores in their city.
Located in Nyboder, their impressive St Pauls Apotek studio space retains its original apothecary architecture of embellished glass ceilings, medical drawers and weathered, oil treated floorboards. Frama have used an assortment of raw materials with their own products to conceive different spaces that are constantly ‘work in progress’ within their studio. From an industrial kitchen that mixes anthracite, steel and wood against the original walls; to the ‘St Pauls Blue Room’ where the walls are washed with a bespoke blue pigment made in collaboration with manufacturer Jotun, their inspirational interiors allow for a substantial degree of alteration and flexibility.
Frama have taken this uniquely free level of creativity to their redesigns of two Copenhagen boutiques: a women’s clothes store called Stig P and a concept store called Packyard, both possessing distinctly individual styles. As with their studio, they have made use of the original 1980s marble tiles that adorn the walls in the Stig P showroom. Building on this, they decided to expose the walls that were previously hidden, using a dark palette alongside natural woods, minimalist metal railing and Kvadrat fabrics to compliment the veined marble-work.
The Packyard store transformation presents an opposite world – light, fresh hues in a spacious and simple set, appearing more like a gallery. Here, they bought an experimental flair to the space, with moveable floating walls. Flat pieces of elmwood (a play on the name of the street the shop lives on – 'Elmegade') hang from the ceiling, and can be used as mirrors, glass, display walls or dividers, to customise the store's layout.
‘Our interior architecture section is challenging the company and making sure we are constantly out of our comfort zone with new ideas,’ says Niels Strøyer Christophersen, Frama's founder. Next up for the team is the remodel of a classic bistro, set to open in November.