A Study in Simplicity

Tucked within the dense woodlands of Sweden, find heaven by a different name.

The Forest Retreat, designed by Stockholm-based Norm Architects, is a study in simplicity. A converted timber cabin, its interior has been completely reenvisioned for a life lived slowly. Soft linens, minimalist wooden furniture and smooth, dolomite plaster walls encourage the rest and relaxation sought within a holiday home.

Positioned atop an ancient ridge, the Forest Retreat overlooks the vast Swedish wilderness. A maze of knotty pines and towering spruces unfurl from beyond the home’s floor to ceiling windows. A direct connection to nature is key to finding stillness within the self — a tenet deeply understood within this space.

All photos by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Norm Architects

In dressing, we seek a similar peace. The naturalist’s wardrobe does not stray too far from its roots — organic linens and cottons in creamy ecru and taupe are a direct reflection of their flaxen origins. This way of dressing is uncomplicated and straightforward. It is ease and comfort without sacrifice, and a reminder that sophistication is simply essence in design.

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

— Lao Tzu

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