Restaurant Usine in the heart of Stockholm is in fact three restaurant concepts totaling 2,000 square meters under a striking high ceiling in what was once an old sausage factory.
The premises in the lively Södermalm neighborhood, in which the Swedish Tax Agency operated, went through an extensive renovation in 2014-2015 by the internationally renowned designer Richard Lindvall, who also designed the restaurants Museet and WIN awarded restaurant Nazdrowie.
Restaurant Usine opened in April 2015 and has become a unique combination of a restaurant, bar, café and gallery. It includes Restaurant Bistro 38, Bar Poche 36, a reception and conference spaces. What we love most about Usine is the part where you can eat and drink and the gallery where you can enjoy beautiful art and super-stylish interior design.
«I was a little worried about making it too cold, it was important to keep a warmth in the environment, while it at the same time should be raw and fresh,” says Lindvall. “I am especially pleased with the boards on the walls,” he continues, “made from expanded metal that I found in Germany, cut into smaller segments and placed in black lacquered steel frames, which gives a hint of Art Deco style.”
We are tempted to describe the interior as Scandinavian French, with a mix of industrial design and lots of natural materials. Another signature is the bar that stretches throughout the room and binds the concepts together.
Connecting the three areas is also the spacious corridor serving as a gallery, curated by Dennis Blomberg from Noll Images, with new exhibitions coming up continuously.
Behind Usine In Södermalmsalleen at Medborgarplassen are the restaurant keepers Tim Karlsson and Michael Andreassen, who also runs Franska Matalen (the French Dining Room) and the Museum in the Swedish capital, as well as chef Nicola Perreli.
2000 Square Meter Restaurant in Stockholm, written by Tor Kjolberg