Design lover’s top 10 in Stockholm
Find the best of Swedish and international design in these stores, from contemporary home interiors, fashion and kitchenware to carefully selected vintage pieces.
Alexander Stutterheim’s raincoats are the go-to rainwear for stylish Stockholmers. The story behind the company is well-known by now, but for those new to the brand: Stutterheim found his grandfather’s old raincoat and designed his first model, called Stockholm Arholma, based on that in 2010. Since then, several other models, all equally well-cut and elegant, have been introduced.
Where to read more: stutterheim.com
Swedish Our Legacy was founded by Christopher Nying and Jockum Hallin in 2005 and originally started out as a menswear brand. In 2018, a womenswear line was added. Known for a timeless style with experimental elements, the brand is a favourite among style conscious folks who want to elevate their wardrobe with a slightly more daring touch, such as prints or unusual cuts and fabrics.
Study the furniture pieces at this interior design store and you’ll immediately feel the hours of work that have been put into each and every one of them. The store sells furniture designed by Carl Malmsten, founder of a famous Swedish carpentry school, as well as selected items from other brands. Focus is on local materials and traditions. The store has been operating in the same address since 1940 when Carl Malmsten himself opened it.
An icon of Swedish interior design, Svenskt Tenn opened its store on Strandvägen in 1927 and has since developed a truly original style. Among its key elements are bold patterns, rattan chairs, quirky accessories and wooden furniture, much of it manufactured in small workshops around Sweden. Josef Frank and Estrid Ericson, founders of the company, called the style “happy chances philosophy”, a way of building a home over time with personal objects. There’s also a tea room where morning and afternoon tea as well as lunch is served.
A one-stop-shop for the best in contemporary design. Asplund sells a comprehensive collection of objects from Swedish and international designers. It produces its own furniture line and also has a great collection of smaller accessories, from candle holders to blankets and books.
If you like your sneakers clean and simple, head to the flagship store of this Swedish brand which has quickly gained international recognition. It originally started out as a footwear brand in 2012 and is still best known for its chunky, monochrome sneakers with a platform sole. These days it also offers clothing.
ATP Atelier’s footwear and handbags are designed in Sweden but handmade in Italy by local craftsmen. The company was founded in 2011 by Jonas Clason, co-founder of Whyred, and Maj-La Pizzelli who formerly worked as a product manager at Filippa K. In 2018, ATP opened its first flagship store in Stockholm, designed to showcase the brand’s entire lifestyle concept from their own products to vintage furniture and art.
Antique furniture and contemporary design live side by side in this store with a highly original selection of handcrafted furniture, lighting and accessories. Many pieces exist in the intersection of art and design and come in limited editions. You may find a wooden table carved from a single piece of wood in India in the mid 20th century, old Chinese rice pots or a dining table in ash from a local Stockholm designer.
HOPE creates contemporary yet timeless fashion, aimed to inspire and emphasize individual style. Strong tailoring and attention to detail are important in the brand’s design philosophy. Many items are unisex, and the company encourages customers to explore both its women’s and men’s lines rather than just one department. There are several branches in Stockholm; this one on Norrmalmstorg is the flagship store.
The roots of this Swedish heritage brand go back as far as 1607 – that’s how long Skultuna has been manufacturing high quality metal objects for the home. Today, its candle holders, vases and accessories are designed by leading international names such as GamFratesi, Lara Bohinc, Luca Nichetto, Monica Förster and Claesson Koivisto Rune to name a few. Many products are still polished and mounted in the old factory in Skultuna, a 1,5 hour drive from Stockholm. If you make the trip there, you can also visit the facilities.
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