Story Hotel Signalfabriken — Sundbyberg, Sweden
Occupying a former manufacturing complex in Sundyberg, a dormitory neighbourhood in northwest Stockholm, Story Hotel Signalfabriken is the sequel to the first residentially inspired property of the same name, in the city centre. Designed once again by local studio, Koncept, the lodgings maintain the brand’s youthful energy by using upcycled objects such as their signature headboards fashioned from former doors, but have this time adopted a more rugged, industrial vibe with plenty of exposed brick and graffiti-tagged concrete columns, contrasted with heavy-gauge metal stairways, and copper and steel finishes that lend a more noir slant. A cosy approachability comes from the quilted bed throws by Hay, elegant wire-framed Piña chairs by Jaime Hayon for Italian design brand, Magis and energising artworks from local creatives Oscar and Theresa Merner of Stockholm-based studio Madebyus. The adjacent former fire station, meanwhile, has been repurposed to become Brick No 6, the hotel’s pulsing gastro-lounge, which serves up a casual menu inspired by American diners and British pubs.