Alma mater is an allegorical Latin phrase for a university or college. Translated as “nourishing mother”, it suggests that a school provides intellectual nourishment to its students and the phrase can be traced back to the motto of the University of Bologna, founded in 1088.
Alma is also the name of a new members’ club located in Stockholm. Founded to provide intellectual and social nourishment to our members, we aspire to provide a space to grow, learn new skills, meet new people, start a company or embark on a new project.
Recognizing the growing need for new forms of work space and collaborative environments, Alma is opening its doors on Nybrogatan 8 in Stockholm. A space for work and play, Alma was founded for the sole purpose of nurturing creative people and their ideas.
The building, which for many years was home to Beckman’s School of Design, is being reimagined together with architectural firm Tham & Videgård and a group of designers who are creating furniture and products specifically for the house, all brought together by Alma's Creative Director Fredrik Carlström and General Manager Anna Behring Lundh.
Nathan Warkentin has developed the visual identity; ceramicist Rikard Palmquist is designing the tableware; custom made furniture is being designed together with Erik Järkil, and Tham & Videgård has designed ceiling lamps that will be produced by Wästberg.
The five-story structure will have a careful mix of work and social spaces, including dedicated work areas, room for meetings and collaboration, a music and editing suite, an outdoor terrace, communal and private dining spaces. The restaurant, managed by chefs Martin Brag and Leo Frodell (responsible for the kitchen at Ett Hem), will be serving meals exclusively for members and their guests.
The first floor will also host a coffee bar and the first European outpost of acclaimed design and concept store Austere, both of which will be open to the public.
Being a private community, Alma is made up of members working in design, architecture, technology, film, fashion, advertising, branding, music, art and media. We offer five types of membership: Open, Dedicated, Studios, Out-of-Town and Private Office.
Open gives you unlimited access to the restaurant and all communal floors. You will also have the ability to book meeting rooms, and use other office amenities. Dedicated members enjoy all the benefits of Open with the added convenience of a permanent desk and storage space. Teams of three or more can be housed in dedicated Studios. Out-of-Town memberships are for those not permanently based in Stockholm and include the benefits of an Open membership.
The Private Offices located in the front part of the building combine the privacy of a traditional office with all of the amenities of the house.
If you would like to become a member, please apply here. Alma is a small and intimate creative community, and the Membership Committee meets monthly to admit new members when space is available.