Acne Studios’ ode to marble (via a hostage crisis)

Acne Studios continue to cement their place in history with another revolutionary renovation.

Words sara black
Photography Supplied

Swedish superbrand, Acne Studios, may only be on your fashion radar but they’re a must-add to your design one too.

The year 2019 saw Acne Studios open their new headquarters in Stockholm’s former Czechoslovakian Embassy, with creative director Jonny Johansson tapping in the genius of architect Johannes Norlander to lend a helping hand. The result celebrates the building’s brutalist bones and deservedly documented in print.

This year, Acne Studios follow up that project with another significant new acquisition. Housed in a former bank, it was the scene of a 1973 crime in which a hostage situation resulted in the definition of a psychological condition — Stolkholm Syndrome.

The edifice has been given a new lease on life thanks to never-ending visionary, Johansson, with a subtle sweeping of its past life under the rug. In conjunction with Arquitectura-G (a Spanish firm who, interestingly, specialise in residential architecture) and British furniture designer Max Lamb, Acne Studios reveal a minimalist ode to marble.

And, in a befitting nod to the bank’s history, Acne Studios have created a capsule collection, commemorating the six-day siege. The range — including a t-shirt, tote bag, scarf and wallet — all feature collages of news coverage from the period and are available at the renovated store as well as selected Acne Studios stores worldwide and online.

“It’s a temple. For me, the idea of a temple is a place that belongs to no one but is owned by everyone. It’s part of our history but also the future. This is how I see our monumental flagship store in Stockholm.” — Johnny Johansson, Acne Studios creative director.

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