Polina Sandström

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Polina Sandström is an architect and co-founder of ASKA, a progressive architectural practise based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Educated at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and Parsons School of Design in New York, Sandström started her own practice straight after graduation in 2020 together with founding partner Madeleine Klingspor.

ASKA was founded on the idea of challenging the Swedish market by creating an offer that would go beyond "mellanmjölk architecture", an expression that compares pale and safe design choices to semi-skimmed milk. By using a method of identifying and interpreting the essential qualities of each project, "the ashes", or in Swedish "aska", the duo strive to create clear, conceptual projects.

After only two years, the practice has already finalised projects for brands including haircare company Maria Nila's new headquarters and several public and commercial spaces, among others café Banacado and beauty clinic MBS. Their work has earned them international recognition and been published worldwide in leading design magazines including Elle Decoration, Architectural Digest and Interior Design.

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