A COLLABORATIVE POST WITH VISIT SWEDEN
This past weekend Dan and I headed to Stockholm, invited by Visit Sweden to explore the city and discover design trends at the Stockholm Design Week and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. A chance for us to really dive into Scandinavian culture and design.
During design week, designers, architects and brands showcase their work in many studios, buildings and galleries across the city. Armed with the app, and sturdy walking shoes we hunted down beautiful interiors and fell in love with Stockholm once again.
Our first stop of the day was at architect Andreas Martin-Lof home and the exhibition of Frama. To say I was blown away was an understatement. This apartment, unassuming from the outside, was infact utter perfection inside. Set over two stories with views out to the sea, I couldn’t help to be drawn to the clean lines and wide windows.
Throughout the downstairs Frama had artfully curated their products, that sat effortlessly in the space. I fell in love with the ceramics, all displayed on a linen covered table in the kitchen.
The Fenix Palace
The former Fenix entertainment palace was designed by Hjalmar Westerlund in 1912 and housed several well-known restaurants, a dance hall, a theater and a bowling alley. The dark wood panelling was just breathtaking – although rather difficult to photograph!
During design week, Residence magazine opened up the place to the public and curated an exhibition there in collaboration with Ariake and Wästberg. The space was artfully used to show off the dark furniture, ceramics and the huge w151 pendants. A real statement piece, their geometric shapes contrasting nicely against the detailing of the dark wooden walls.
Back out into the snow, and around the corner was the showroom of Swedish brand, Superfront. A clever brand who make and sell stylish alternative doors and accessories to cover Ikea pieces of furniture and kitchens. Most homes in the UK and probably Europe and beyond have a piece of Ikea furniture. My own kitchen is. Superfront, takes the headache out of changing your room, without ripping everything out and starting again.
Next stop was the shop and studio of Swedish design brand, Asplund. A gorgeous shop, full of furniture, lighting and accessories from famous designers. I, of course, wanted most things in there. But was particularly drawn to the lighting. And the large tables.
Fika at Cafe Kavalleriet
By this time our feet were starting to throb, and our stomachs needed a little pick me up. So we headed to Cafe Kavalleriet in the City near the harbourside. Fika! I love how the Swedes stop for fika every day. Fika is a tradition of taking a break in the afternoon, for coffee or tea and a cake. I opted for a traditional simla – a cardamom cream bun, sounds terrible but tastes like heaven.
After cake, we wandered to the exhibition space which housed the urban garden of Nola. Nola make metal planters for gardens, parks and commercial spaces, in a range of colours. I loved how they were displayed with a mix of dried foliage and living plants. I’d love one of the circular gro planters for my back yard, it would provide a great screen.
Dux & Norm Architects
Our final stop on our first day at Design Week was with Dux and their collaboration with Norm Architects. Dan and I are familiar with the Dux designs as we had stayed in their hotel in Malmo last summer. In fact it was one of the best nights sleep I’ve ever had.
The exhibition was called ‘into the light’ – a play on words with all of their popular designs, reimagined by Norm Architects using light fabrics. Soft grey and white linens covered their Jetson chair and Ritzy sofa.
The whole space had an air of calm and comfort, a place you could rest and sleep for a while. Or that might have been me, tired from seeing such wonderful exhibitions.
So that was day one of my Stockholm Design Weekend. I have so much more to share, as the following day we visited the Stockholm Furniture & Design fair – but that will have to wait for another post.
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