Tell us about who you are and how you work.

We are NAVET, a multidisciplinary design collective founded by Lina Huring, Maria Johansson, Helena Svensson, and Cecilia Wahlberg. We all have academic backgrounds in product and furniture design but have been professionally involved in interior architecture in various ways for more than 10 years.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

We are inspired by life! A special place, a beautiful artwork, movies and novels, material and color combinations that catch our eye, or why not a truly delightful artist’s home?

In interior projects, we often start with the specific character of the place or building; often, the character of the rooms is best captured with preservation and reuse in mind. Tight frameworks or limitations often help creativity along the way, such as dealing with a particular material, budget, or limited space.

How would you describe your style? Do you have any signature design elements?

Others usually describe us as non-Swedish in color and material choices but Scandinavian in form. We ourselves often say that we work with a minimalist design language and are more expressive when it comes to colors and textures. We draw inspiration from the history of the place and bring it into the future.

Aesthetics are…

Finding your signature, something that stands the test of time and is personal, and can permeate both a personal style, a private room, or a neighborhood.

What characterizes an interesting interior design according to you?

An interesting interior reflects the people who will be there, both personally and in terms of needs. That details and materials are well thought out and taken care of. The interior design can gladly take off, pick up materials, details from the place, preferably be unexpected and obvious at the same time.

What are your top three tips for those creating a new home?

Start from your needs, what is to happen in each room? Does a living room perhaps also need to function as a dining room, a bedroom be able to function as a home office?

  1. Consider how movements and activities vary between the rooms, where would there be need for space for some mess and free movement, and where do you need more secluded space for, e.g a sofa or a reading chair?
  2. When it comes to color schemes, find something to start from, perhaps it is the facades along the street or a painting you are inspired by. Within the chosen color harmony, you can then combine colors freely without it becoming crazy.
  3. Use lighter furniture together with heavier ones to create dynamics, and don’t forget to use textiles like rugs and curtains to soften up.

When it comes to visual aesthetics versus creating a feeling, how do you find the balance?

Balance comes with time. By mixing new and old, personal items, and through well-executed craftsmanship and materials that stand out. We collect ideas that we bring into new projects, and we collaborate closely with those who will use our interiors.

Do you have any advice on how to create a home with soul?

Estrid Ericsson once formulated it very well: “It is not a certain constructed color harmony that gives a home its personal touch. It is all the objects that gather under a lifetime. Everything you once liked, and what you now like.”

If someone is trying to find their interior style, how would you suggest they start? How did you find yours?

Start with something as simple as a favorite color, a favorite artwork, or perhaps another favorite place, outside the home. What characterizes that thing or space? How can that feeling be reflected in the room or home that is to be transformed?

Do you like fashion, movies, or nature? How can the aesthetics you like in other areas be translated into colors, shapes, and interior details in your home?”

Any tips for ensuring that a home or place feels timeless rather than trendy?

Focus on sustainability! Avoid “quick” solutions that may only temporarily solve problems. Live with chaos for a while in order to find the ultimate piece of furniture at a flea market or auction.

How do you know when a room is finished, if ever?

A room that is finished is not functional; our rooms should be able to shift depending on what the room is used for and who or how many people are in it. But finding that right feeling is like painting a picture; you have to stop right when the composition has reached a good balance.

We’re always eager for recommendations, do you have any?

Yes of course!

Theater: Konträr, Södermalm, Stockholm

Restaurant: Osteria alla Concorrenza, Milano

Sculpture Park: Giardino dei Tarocchi, Maremma, Tuscany, by Niki de Saint Phalle

Means of transport: Train

Your favorite place is…

If we have to choose collectively, it would be the kitchen of Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan, designed by Piero Portaluppi between 1932-1935, and the studio in Karin and Carl Larsson’s Lilla Hyttnäs in Sundborn.

What are you working on right now?

We have just installed two public art commissions, one outdoors and one indoors, in a public health center. We are engaged in three residential projects where we do everything from new layouts to color suggestions and designing custom-made furniture.

We are also working on a product collection of sustainably produced interior products, which will be launched in conjunction with 3 days of design in Copenhagen.

Who would you like to come home to?

We love to see well curated and personal homes, so we would love to travel back in time and visit Leónie Geisendorffs’, Charlotte Perriand’s, or Adolf Loos’ homes.

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

Walks in the city, visiting galleries and being in the glass foundry, carpentry shop, or at factories.

Top three accounts that inspire you on Instagram




What do you offer through Talk To? If someone is interested in booking you, what does a consultation look like and what can they expect?

In a consultation with us, you get to meet Maria, Cecilia, Helena, or Lina, sometimes two of us at the same time. We arrange the meeting according to your wishes, and you can expect a summary in the form of a PDF with concrete suggestions and tips based on our discussions.

If needed, we book a follow-up or agree on further work, such as drawings or material suggestions. You get the best results if you send us your thoughts in the form of bullet points, reference images, floor plans, or just loose ideas.

  • Layouts, interiors, and furnishings, getting help with building permit drawings, or placing interior in digital 2D or 3D models to ensure that your existing or planned interiors fit a new space
  • Colors in the home – consultation on how to think about color and materiality in all rooms of the home.
  • Ideas and design of special carpentry, storage solutions, and unique furniture, from idea to finished furniture.
  • Help with mood boards and inspiration.
  • Interiors for commercial businesses, such as stores, cafés, or restaurants.

Book a consultation with NAVET today!


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