Despite being named after a headmistress of the former Ateneum girls’ school, which occupied the original building in 1910, the luxury Nobis group’s latest hotel, Miss Clara, is no schoolmarm. The iconic art nouveau building was lovingly renovated by celebrated Swedish architect Gert Wingardh, who emphasized original architectural and design styles like dark parquet and stone floors, as well as leather chairs, most made by Swedish craftsmen with locally sourced materials. The trendy restaurant, too, sources all its organic ingredients locally and seasonally, while the hip bar serves creative cocktails with unusual natural ingredients in a city known for its epitome-of-cool nightlife scene. And with a prime location on one of Stockholm’s prettiest main drags, Miss Clara is right in the heart of the action.
So, she’s somewhere between art nouveau and midcentury modern, with dashes of 1970s and industrial loft style thrown in for good measure; in other words, she’s bold and stylish, with feet planted in both past and present. Maybe she is a bit of a schoolteacher still, in the best possible way.