DESIGN AND FURNITURE
If you’re looking for the kind of Scandinavian chairs that look painful to sit on, but which actually incorporate years of research into ergonomic design, then head to Modernity. A specialist in 20th century Nordic design, the store stocks models designed by luminaries including Bruno Mathsson, Arne Jacobsen and Alvar Aalto. Located on Sibyllegatan in Östermalm, the store stocks ceramics, lighting, glass, jewellery, textiles and art, as well as furniture.
114 42 Stockholm
Tel: +46-8-20 80 25 - shop
+46-708-39 34 31 - mobile
Most famous for Josef Frank’s stylised floral textile designs, Svenskt Tenn’s distinctive style makes it one of Sweden’s greatest gifts to interior design. The furniture – which graces many a posh Swedish drawing room – continues to reflect the company’s mid-20th century modernist roots. Svenskt Tenn has had massive influence around the word, but if you want to see the real thing, head to the store on Strandvägen.
Tel. : +46 8 670 1600
This store, on a quiet street in Kungsholmen, is where well-heeled, design-conscious Stockholmers spend their hard earned kronor on sleek sofas, fancy coffee tables, ceramics, lighting and textiles. The shop is light, airy and determinedly modern and bourgeois, and bears more than a passing resemblance to London’s Conran Shop. If you’re not in the market for a sofa, the accessories area has lots if funky kitchen items and gift items. R.O.O.M also has a splendid little restaurant, Ett Litet Kök – it’s worth stopping for lunch if you’re in the area.
112 47 Stockholm
If Swedish minimalism is too discreet for you, London W8 is the perfect antidote. Started by British-Swedish duo Simon Davies and Tomas Cederlund (well-known in Sweden thanks to their TV home makeover series), London W8 aims to put a dash of colour into Swedes’ homes. You won’t find much of Swedish origin in the store, but Simon and Tomas’s have a rare flair for identifying fabulous pieces, making London W8 well worth a diversion.
The perfect place to get a quirky Swedish present for the folks back home, Design Torget (literally ‘Design Market’) takes in newly-created pieces from local designers. The store’s range changes weekly, with new items hand-picked from work by both established and up-and-coming designers. With everything from jewellery to kitchen utensils, it’s hard to leave Design Torget empty-handed. Branches are located across Stockholm. See the website for details.
For the best Swedish fish, cheeses and meats, chocolates, breads and patisseries, the Östermalms Saluhall (market hall) can’t be beaten. The grand brick and glass structure on Östermalmstorg has housed the market since it was built in 1888. Treats on offer include Swedish favourites such as crayfish, reindeer and cloudberry jam. If you don’t want to take food home with you, try stopping in one of the excellent seafood restaurants housed in the hall – the perfect way to sample local produce while surveying the hustle and bustle of the market.
Östermalmstorg, 114 39 Stockholm.
The grandmother of Stockholm department store, Nordiska Kompaniet opened in 1902 to be a ‘commercial and cultural theatre’. The elegant and distinctive building ensures that shopping at NK is always a pleasure. All the major international brands are represented in NK, including big Swedish names such as J Lindeberg, Gant, Sand, Tiger and Filippa K. Smaller Swedish designers are also present in the NK Svenska Designers and NK Nordiska Designers sections.
Hamngatan 28-20, Stockholm
If you’d walked into the PUB department store some 90 years ago you might have found yourself served by one Greta Gustafsson, who later went on to become a film icon as Greta Garbo. Today, PUB has been transformed into Stockholm’s hippest department store, stocking Sweden’s most creative brands. The first floor is devoted to street and casual wear brands like Acne and WeSC, the second floor includes formal clothes from Oscar Jacobsson, while the top floor stocks the latest and most innovative Swedish fashion from independent designers.
While essentially a clothes store, uber-trendy Grandpa is so much more besides. Grandpa sells both men’s and women’s clothes, many by Swedish designers. It also sells an eclectic range of accessories, plus furniture and gadgets. The vibe is pretty alternative, which suits its location in Södermalm’s bohemian SoFo area (so named, in a conscious homage to New York’s SoHo, because it lies South of Folkungagatan). Grandpa’s funky image is bolstered by its regular live music and DJs. Grandpa recently opened a second branch on Fridhemsgatan on Kungsholmen.
Södermannagatan 21, Stockholm
and Fridhemsgatan 43, Stockholm