Scan Magazine, Issue 129, October 2019

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Interior of Hillenberg restaurant, Stockholm. Photo: Mathias Nordgren

Serious fun with architecture and design Okidoki architects are unique in offering a ‘full service’, from visionary urban development to the details of interior design. Yet although their work is varied, the desire both to make the world a better place, and to have fun while doing it, is a common thread running through every project. By Liz Longden  |  Photos: Okidoki

Rickard Stark wears the fact that neither he nor his business partner Fredrik Hansson has a full architecture degree as a badge of pride. “I did one year of architect school, he did three years, so we usually say we almost have a whole degree between us,” he laughs. “Neither of us has worked for a big architectural firm — we’ve done other things instead — so I would say that we come from a slightly different place.” The unconventional paths of Stark and Hansson, who jointly own and run 96  |  Issue 129  |  October 2019

rant, incorporating bespoke artwork into the décor, but also designed everything down to the air vents and butter knives. Similar painstaking attention to detail, along with a sensitivity to the existing environment, can be seen elsewhere in

Okidoki, don’t seem to have held them back, and the Gothenburg-based firm is notable for the breadth of its work, which includes public spaces and buildings, housing and commercial properties. Indeed, one of Okidoki’s unique selling points is that it provides a ‘full service’, working in all aspects of environment design, from strategic planning to interior design, and everything in between. And no detail, it seems, is too small. At Stockholm’s Hillenberg, Okidoki not only developed a new aesthetic for the restau-

Fredrik Hansson and Rickard Stark. Photo: Linnea Sundemo