The Serving Room
Welcome to The Hallwyl Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.
In The Serving Room the footmen polished silver and put the last touches to the dishes before they were served.
The Serving Room is connected to the basement floor kitchen via the back stairs, a lift and a dumbwaiter. There were separate stairs and passages for the servants so that the work could run smoothly and at the same time not be visible in the grand rooms.
The threshold between this room and the dining room marked an invisible border between the family’s domain and the servants’ areas; a border that should not be crossed casually. The servants’ work spaces should be respected, and those who did not have any business there were expected to stay away. This also applied to the owner of the house.