Home Stories: the home of Frama’s founder Niels Stroyer Christophersen
I never thought that this home would be a place that I would love, however there is something so magical and unique about this space that I can’t stop looking at. Founder of one of my favourite brands Frama, Neils is based in Copenhagen in a 125m2 apartment converted from an old watchmaker store. When you look at Frama designs, it’s really not hard to see that the man who founded the studio lives here. Both the studio and his home follow the same ethos and design principles: focus on natural materials, simple geometry and an appreciation for permanency. Permanency is for me me the trait that permeates his home the most, the fact that it is ‘converted’ from the ‘old’, but somehow feels perfectly connected to it’s past and history. The naked walls, which are left exposed, tell us the story of the building. The fact that it hasn’t been plastered over or painted in your standard paints is really testament to Neils’ design principles. Aesthetically, it a feast and playground for the eyes - every single inch of the space says something different, and is of a different hue and texture. I really like the idea that you inhibit a space, you don’t own it.
Some of the rooms do have some paint, but again he’s stuck to natural chalky paints that still have texture.
The decor is very minimal, and Neils’ himself would be the first one to tell you that he is more about stripping back furniture rather than adding more. Everything in his apartment feels like it should be there, nothing is surplus or looks like a latest design craze. One of my favourite items in his home is the Sintra marble coffee table from Frama. This is definitely a table that is on my wishlist (also sharing the same name!). Marble is just one of many natural materials that adorn his house, such as wood, granite, iron and stone. This use of natural materials really makes me feel like walking into his apartment would feel like you are in a summer house on the mediterranean coast, somewhere in France or Italy and all you need to do is pick up a good book, a pastis and listen to the breeze and the crickets for hours.