I’ve finally found time to edit some more of my Swedish adventure. In particular focusing on the City of Lund and the Skissernas Museum. Lund is situated about 30 minutes drive North from Malmo. It is a large University town and reminded me very much of Oxford, with it’s grand buildings, and bicycling students flocking the streets.
On our little tour, Lund was our second overnight stop, staying at the aptly named The Grand Hotel. Very Wes Anderson-esque in style, I kept expecting Bill Murray to pop up or Raph Fiennes manning the reception desk in the foyer.
The following day we explored the city. Visiting Zimmerdahl, a shop that specialised in scandinavian design classics. We sat in the shop whilst our gracious hosts explained the history of the shop and the items they stocked. Mainly focusing on Mid-Century European classics. I think we all mentally purchased items in the shop. Me? I wanted the original Hans Wegner wishbone chairs – one day!
After the shop, we wandered the botanical garden and the glasshouses. Utter bliss. Taking in the smells and structures of the cacti and the tropic rooms. I feel so at home in a greenhouse!
After the botanical gardens we wove our way through the cobbled streets to the Skissernas Museum (the museum of sketches). Now, I must admit the thought of going to a museum about some sketches, sounded like we were going to be looking at dusty old books, and it sounded rather dull. How wrong could I have been.
The museum is housed in a beautiful design led space, with rusted metal panelling on the outside and inside clad in blonde plywood and polished concrete. It is stunning. If the foyer was anything to go by, the rest of the building would surely be amazing.
We were warned by the museum receptionist, that most guests visiting give a gasp of wow when they first enter. She was not wrong. WOW. Inside were room upon room of incredible art work from famous artists around the world. Skissernas Museum, also know as Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art is a unique art space that focuses on the artistic creative process. It features the world’s largest collection of sketches, models and preparatory work for Swedish and international public art.
So not the actual finished piece of art, but the process and thoughts behind them. It was fascinating. Wandering the exhibition, I found it really hard to take in, in the short time we had available there. It is a place I would definitely wish to return to if I visit Lund again.
Lunch was in the museum restaurant, and was possibly the best I ate during our trip. And the food we ate in Sweden was amazing! The museum restaurant was a far cry from the museum cafes in this country.
I shall be back with my third part of my Swedish design tour soon. More on Malmo and the other places we visited.
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