Photographer Anna Malmberg grew up in the north of Sweden as a daughter of artistic parents. Creative expression was the norm throughout her childhood and she was just a teenager when she found her artistic match: a camera. She launched her career as a professional photographer in 2011 and she has captured many places and spaces since.
Shortly after becoming a photographer she moved to Paris where she met her fiancé, Joncha Scwartzmann a theatre and music professional. While they enjoyed long Parisian summers and the atmosphere of the lively city, the couple decided to return to Sweden in 2016 when their son, Sonny Lou was two years old. “Paris is a beautiful and inspiring city with amazing art, history and architecture on every corner, but it never really felt like home for me”, admits Malmberg. Stockholm offers a happier medium: a city lifestyle with nature close by. “I also prefer the way we socialize here”, explains Malmberg. “We have dinners at each other’s houses instead of at bars and restaurants, which is the norm in the French capital. People in Sweden generally have a deeper connection with the space they live in, because the long, dark winters keep everybody cooped up in their homes.”
Malmberg’s passion for interior photography and her talent to capture spaces in natural light are reflected in the family’s small 600 square foot apartment in the south of Stockholm. “We stumbled upon this apartment in 2016 and bought it shortly after. Not because it was love at first sight, in fact it was outdated and drab, but the light was amazing.” The building was built in the early 1940’s and their apartment needed a lot of work. Malmberg and her fiancé asked their friend and architect Jean-Baptiste Fauchere for help. “We decided to split the kitchen in half to create extra space for a small bedroom for our son. We added an antique window in the dividing wall, so the daylight in the kitchen can enter his room as well.” Other renovations included sanding down the original wood floors by hand, a coat of paint on every wall and an updated bathroom.
The small space is filled with a few statement pieces like the Danish Karup design sofa in the living room and a mid-century sideboard painted in a deep shade of ochre. Malmberg’s interior proves that you don’t need to eliminate large pieces of furniture when you live in a small space. It’s not size, but functionality and practicality that are the crucial considerations when bringing a new piece into a small space. Storage is another issue the family constantly considers. “I try to not bring too many home accessories into our space”, says Malmberg, “but I love things that are handmade with natural materials and I often bring objects home from flea markets or travels.” Malmberg has a substantial collection of ceramic vases, mugs and bowls. Each item finds its place on a shelf, counter or windowsill, yet the space doesn’t feel cluttered. “I have a very specific taste in materials, colours and shapes, so most things work well together.” The tranquil atmosphere in the home is credited to the interior’s colour palette of terracotta hues and earthy tones. In combination with natural materials such as wicker, cotton, wood and clay, the effect is airy yet grounded.