Fashion Editor Giovanna Battaglia’s Stockholm apartment
Home to newlyweds Giovanna Battaglia and Oscar Englelbert (you may recall their Capri wedding trending on Instagram), this Stockholm apartment is a happy marriage of Englebert’s Scandinavian minimalism and Battaglia’s maximalist fashion aesthetic.
Italian fashion editor, creative director and street style superstar Giovanna Battaglia married Swedish real-estate developer Oscar Englebert in an extravaganza in Capri earlier this year. The stylish couple, famed for their globetrotting and social ties to New York, Paris, Tokyo, Rome, Milan and so it turns out, Stockholm too. They retreat, rather quietly it would seem, to the elegant 19th-century apartment on Stockholm’s Djurgården island, where Oscar grew up.
The couple has personally and sensitively renovated the space, respecting its heritage. It was “a restrained, modern restoration,” Oscar tells Architectural Digest. “The home is 100 percent a reflection of what we like and what we collect. Every single piece has its history of where and when we bought it.”
By their own admission, Oscar’s design approach is cleaner and more subdued, while Giovanna usually subscribes to the more-is-more ethos. “It’s been interesting to look at the evolution of my own aesthetic since I met Oscar,” Giovanna tells Architectural Digest. “I used to think Oscar’s taste was too cold or too minimal, but I got caught up in his enthusiasm and passion, and now I really like it.”
Oscar has also begun to appreciate Giovanna’s penchant for colour, notably in the sunroom they call the veranda. “I wanted natural colors, and then Gio came home with velvets from Rubelli. It was out of my comfort zone, but when it sank in I loved the idea. Now it’s one of my favorite parts of the house.”
Carefully curated design details such as a Freeform wall light by Jean Royère above the living room’s George Nakashima sideboard, and a Vladimir Kagan sofa curves around the Pierre Chapo low table. A Jean Prouvé daybed sits beneath the living room’s Albert Oehlen painting; the Charlotte Perriand tripod stool is one of several in the space that are used as tables or for seating. A Christian-Pontus Andersson sculpture is suspended above the staircase. A vintage Lars Holmström for Arvika chandelier gleams above the dining room’s teak table and armchairs, which Pierre Jeanneret designed for Chandigarh, India.
Giovanna and Oscar, living a beautiful life indeed, and a case in point that style permeates the worlds of fashion, travel, interiors, and art.