Due to the Midsummer holiday in Sweden and subsequent store closings, this isn’t quite the design post I wanted to do on this fantastiskt city (that’s Swedish for fantastique!). However, one doesn’t visit Stockholm without noticing the devotion this city has to great design, whether it is available for purchase or not.
The Swedes know a thing or two about making design accessible to the masses at prices which are very reasonable. I’m not just talking about Ikea here – I’m talking about shops around Stockholm with designs by people we’ve never heard of in North American and whose names we couldn’t pronounce because Swedish is such a difficult language!
One such shop is called Design Torget (www.designtorget.se) which carries a variety of products ranging from kitchen and other household items, to things that make weird bird sounds (no clue what exactly it was). I was fortunate enough to purchase these uber cool mugs designed by Lovisa Wattman. What makes them uber cool you make ask – they are thermos mugs. Pretty and practical – how very Swedish!
Amongst the touristy shops selling Pippi Longstocking memorabilia (yes she’s Swedish!) and Swedish flags in Gamla Stan, I found a shop called Iris Hantverk (located at Vasterlanggatan 24) with interesting designs by a Swedish company called Bengt & Lotta (www.bengt-lotta.se). Since I have a sweet tooth, I couldn’t resist purchasing a couple of items with their “Candy” design.
Design in Stockholm – sin super fantastiska – even if 98% of the shops are closed in Stockholm this weekend 🙂