The Gallery Hall

Villa Stenersen
Photo: Annar Bjørgli/Nasjonalmuseet


This room is the entire width of the house and is a combined dining room and lounge.

One of the house's original fireplaces is present, and at the end of the room, there is an exit to the terrace.
When the family moved in, they furnished this living room with a curved sofa that followed the design of the fireplace.

In the lounge there was also an oval table and two armchairs. Today, only the side table and a simple chair remain from the original furniture.

The glass wall to the south is made of glass building blocks, a popular material when the house was built. The architect Arne Korsmo thought that the glass building block was both aesthetically pleasing and would provide a beautiful light for the art on the walls.

Today, these walls are decorated with replica versions of the same Munch artworks that were placed in this living room when the family moved in.

Korsmo had originally designed the glass wall in the living room without any windows. At the request of the Stenersen family, a compromise was reached in the work on the house and windows were inserted in the glass wall.

Later, Korsmo had photographs of the house edited of the house to show the facade as he had originally intended it, with glass walls from floor to ceiling. He even stated that "there is no doubt that aesthetically this glass concrete wall would have been more beautiful without windows".

At the opposite end of the room, the family had a dining room in neo-baroque style with room for twenty people. The furniture was specially ordered from the cabinet maker Mario Caprino, and purchased when the house was new.

Along the end there was an original Dutch cabinet, and on either side of this there were ultra-modern wall lamps, designed by Korsmo.

It was not unusual for family villas designed by innovative architects in this period to mix styles. But in Villa Stenersen, the furnishing of the house was, to a greater extent, characterized by a love for the past.