When a Swedish hedge fund manager with a passion for Scandinavian modernism wanted to do up his ‘Euro chintz’ townhouse in London’s Knightsbridge, he went straight to Sigmar, an interior design outfit based in Chelsea. Run by Swedish/Danish duo Ebba Thott and Nina Hertig, it specialises in retro furniture from Scandi greats such as Finn Juhl and Hans Wegner, as well as sleek, contemporary pieces from the likes of Finnish company Secto and Israeli designer Yedidia Blonder, and anyone else who does new-school modernisme According to Thott, they’re hard to find. ‘Young designers who are working in the true modernist spirit are few and far between.’
‘When we started out, everyone said, “You’re very niche and we’ll give you six months.” That was two-and-a-half years ago,’ adds Thott, who trained as a product designer and worked in interiors in New York before moving to London a few years ago, when the trend for Scandinavian design was red hot. Since setting up together, the duo have done a number of residential projects, but the house in Knightsbridge is the most ambitious so far, belonging as it does to a modernism fan who shares their passion (and has a big budget).