Swedish-design textiles, furniture, household objects and glassware has a practical, democratic aesthetic and increasingly sustainable approach to design. In Sweden, design is synonymous with ‘lifestyle’. Try Svenskt Tenn, Bruno Mathsson, Carl Malmsten, Kosta Boda and Orrefors glassware. Enough with the name-dropping already, let's check out 7 design and fashion musts in Sweden:
The Dala horse is the most bought Swedish souvenir. It is a stylized wooden horse most commonly found in red with a typical folk art decoration called kurbits. The Dala horse has been made since the 1600’s in Dalarna and is still today mainly manufactured in a village called Nunäs outside of Mora in Dalarna. www.theswedishwoodenhorse.com
ICEHOTEL is a hotel built each year with snow and ice in the village of Jukkasjärvi, in northern Sweden, about 17 kilometres from Kiruna. It is the world's first ice hotel.
Ice sculptures and other artwork made of ice is one of the most popular features at the ICEHOTEL in northern Sweden. Artists come from all over the world to help fill the walls, floors and ceilings of the hotel with unique and ephemeral designs. Even the rooms are works of art. www.icehotel.com
Invisible Bicycle Helmet
Hövding is a collar for bicyclists, worn around the neck. The collar contains a folded up airbag that you'll only see if you happen to have an accident. The airbag is shaped like a hood, surrounding and protecting the bicyclist's head. The trigger mechanism is controlled by sensors which pick up the abnormal movements of a bicyclist in an accident. www.hovding.se
Experience the story of how a small-scale furniture supplier in Småland became one of the world’s most well-known furniture shops. The IKEA museum is situated in what was once the world’s first IKEA store in Älmhult, Småland. www.ikeamuseum.com
The Turning Torso is the highest skyscraper in Scandinavia with its 190,4 m and 25 floor. It is a residential building and was designed by Santiago Calatrava. www.calatrava.com
The center houses four departments; atronomy, biotechnology, fysikum, physics and is a collaboration between University of Stockholm and The Royal Institute of Technology. The building itself was designed by Henning Larsen and named Stockholms most beautiful building in 2001. www.albanova.se
Kiruna, a mining town, is the northernmost town in Sweden. The entire town is in the process of moving, house by house, a little to the east. The ground under the town is about to become too unstable to support buildings due to the deep mining close by. These rental units by architect Ralph Erskine will be torn down while other buildings, such as the clock tower and church, will be moved.
Kiruna’s move will happen slowly, under a period of 85 years. As new neighbourhoods are built on Kiruna’s eastern edge, old ones will be torn down. The idea is to preserve as much as possible of the town heritage, such as the earliest structures.
Treehotel offers a unique hotel experience: treerooms with contemporary design in the middle of unspoiled nature. Here you can forget about the time constraints of everyday life, enjoy the serenity, and rejuvenate in a sophisticated yet familiar environment.
Where is Treehotel?Treehotel is located in Harads, near the Lule river, about 100 kilometers from Luleå airport. The village has a population of about 600 and features a restaurant, shop and guest house. When you arrive at Treehotel, you check in at Britta’s Pensionat. Then it’s just a short stroll through the beautiful nature to your treeroom.
The most striking part of Harads is its magnificent surroundings. From Treehotel’s rooms you get a fantastic view of the Lule River valley, miles of forest and the powerful river.
Visit the Website: www.treehotel.se
Hotel Riverton is a four star hotel in central Gothenburg that offers a variety of modern rooms, fully equipped apartments and a popular restaurant & skybar located on the top floor.
Our goal is to offer our guests the very best in every detail and aim to always go the extra mile. As a family owned hotel we do not belong to any chain, which enables us to adapt our offering without any chain standardisations, making us truly flexible in our service to you as a guest.
The attention to quality and design makes it mark throughout the hotel from our lobby up to our restaurant on the top floor. We carefully source all of the materials used ourselves to create comforting and functional spaces for you to enjoy.
Visit the Website: www.riverton.se
A new hotel in Stockholm
Hobo is so much more than Stockholm’s newest design hotel. There are two floors of bar and restaurant, a café, a stage and of course, SPACEby, our pop-up area. Hobo also has a great location, situated in the very center of Stockholm, between Central Station and Stureplan. You can use Hobo as a meeting point, a workplace, a coffice or just a nice place to visit and hang out. Oh, yeah, and obviously you can stay here too. Check out our 201 amazing hotel rooms, all loaded up with handy gadgets you can borrow during your stay.
In the 1800s, Brunkebergstorg was a busy retail center filled with boutiques, restaurants and entertainment venues. Today, though still known as a place of culture, Brunkebergstorg has fallen out of vogue – and therefore, Hobo is especially proud to be doing what it can to bring vibrancy and life back to one of Stockholm’s most interesting, central locations.
Design by Studio Aisslinger
Hobo’s unique interior is designed by the award-winning design team at Studio Aisslinger, the same people behind the Hotel Michel Berger and 25h Bikini Hotel in Berlin. Hobo is the German Studio’s first project in Sweden. Collaborations with prominent local designers have further contributed to Hobo’s distinctive style. For example, during your visit to Hobo, you’ll see custom-made artwork by design duo Vår in the elevators, and Teenage Engineering’s purpose-built Flip Dot takes up an entire wall in the lobby.
Co-creation is at the heart of everything Hobo stands for – and we already have several partnerships that make us proud. In Hobo’s bar, you’ll see one of our very first colab projects. Hobo’s own IPA beer is made in collaboration with Pang Pang Brewery, one of Sweden’s smallest micro-breweries, based in the Stockholm suburb Hökarängen. Thanks to another successful co-lab enterprise, we are happy to make Velosophy bikes available to all our guests. The perfect choice if you want to discover Stockholm on two wheels. More fantastic partnerships are coming soon. Watch this space.
The hotel, with 102 rooms and suites is like no other. It could actually be more accurately described as an extravagant play house for some of the most renowned glass designers in Sweden today. Comfortable accommodation that also offers sumptuous food and drink, in surroundings significantly different to your ‘average’ designer hotel. The route to Kosta is bordered by mile upon mile of thick spruce and pine forests.
“The basic idea was to create good accommodation for affluent glass lovers,” says Mia Eskengren.“Up until now, there hasn’t been anywhere that the serious glasslover could stay overnight. Instead, they had to travel here for the day, maybe flying to Kalmar, and then travelling home again the same evening. However, we now have a nice hotel in the middle of the forest which has become an attraction in itself for anyone who wants to experience something different.”
Integrity and collaboration
Seven glass designers have contributed to the design of the hotel. Not least Sweden’s newest glass stars, Åsa Jungnelius and Ludvig Löfgren, who, like the other contributing glass designers, have added a personal touch to both a number of hotel rooms and to the communal hotel areas. Ludvig Löfgren’s lounge is pure white, so that his black and white skull lamps can be seen clearly against the round glass tabletops, which are bright violet and turquoise. His hotel room has a backdrop of hand-painted roses. Rows of Åsa Jungnelius’ hyperrealistic, oversized glass lipsticks and nail varnish bottles are logically placed in the hotel spa, as well as in the hotel rooms whose design she has contributed to. Cosmetic apricot-pink paint runs down the wall, all the way from the ceiling.
By SANNI MORTENSEN (Kinnarps Magazine)