Svenskt Tenn, Swedish design in Stockholm

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When you walk along Strandvägen in Östermalm (Stockholm) you definitely have to visit Svenskt Tenn. This interior store is a real phenomenon. The flagship store is the walhalla for lovers of design and beautiful interior decorations. In addition to the typical colorful designs of Josef Frank you will find many other younger designers. On the first floor there is a tea room where you can go for a quick, healthy lunch or have a cozy fika. On the ground floor there is also an exhibition space which offers a variety of exhibitions that are freely accessible.

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I had walked past it a few times already but had no idea what was hidden behind the windows. It was only when a Swedish friend would like to meet up there I entered for the first time. I was surprised by the wide range of Svenskt Tenn and have been in there a few times since. Sometimes just to look at the designer stuff, sometimes for fika or lunch.

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Estrid Ericsson & Josef Frank

The Swedish styliste and businesswoman Estrid Ericsson started Svenskt Tenn. She combined forces with the Swedish-Austrian Joseph Frank and together they built this successful Swedish brand.

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Estrid Ericsson founded the Svenskt Tenn AB in 1924 with a small sum of money she had inherited from her father. She did this together with tin artist Nils Fougstedt. They focused mainly on tin items but almost 3 years later, Estrid’s interest in interior design took over and other objects began to find their way to Svenskt Tenn. In 1927, they moved to the current location on Strandvägen in Stockholm, where Estrid also had her apartment.

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The designer and architect Josef Frank joined in 1934. He was one of the pioneers of functionalism. His father was a textile wholesaler and his mother was an artist. He designed the furniture and the designs for the fabrics.By the time of his death, he had made about 2000 sketches for furniture and about 160 designs for textile.

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Made in Sweden

Svenskt Tenn guarantees that almost everything they sell is made in Sweden. Many items are still real hand crafts. Last year, they held an exhibition on the ground floor that showed how the objects came into being and handicraft had a prominent place.

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Today the interior store still gets visitors from all over the world. If the design pieces are not immediately suitable for your wallet, you should at least have a tea in the tea room!

Hornstulls Marknad in Södermalm (Stockholm)

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Two weeks ago I visited the opening weekend of Hornstulls Marknad (marknad = market in Swedish). Last week they decided to cancel Hornstulls Marknad after the terrible events of Friday, but this weekend the food trucks and other stalls are present again!

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The practicals

Hornstulls Marknad is to be found along Hornstulls Strand on Södermalm. Take the metro (line 13 or 14) to Hornstull and walk down to the water. The pink tents are visible from afar. You can also just follow the people. Every Saturday and Sunday from April to September you will find around 30-50 stalls along the waterfront: from trendy food trucks with organic food to the traditional hot dog stands, from stalls with where the designers themselves sell their homemade stuff to real loppis* stalls that sell vintage and flea market things. The market takes place between 11h and 17h. During the weekend of Midsummer there is no market (for 2017 this will be the weekend of June the 24th).

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Especially when the sun is shining, a lot of people are coming to the small market. It is one of the favorite weekend activities for Stockholmers. I heard very little English while strolling around so I guess the tourists have yet to discover this uber cozy little market.

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Sunny opening weekend

I dropped by, by lunch time. Many Stockholmers seem to have the same idea and decided to enjoy the spring sunshine while they feasted on the snacks from the food trucks. It was not easy to spot a spot on the steps to sit down for a while.

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In terms of food there was something for everyone: from the indispensable hot dogs stands to food trucks specializing in world cuisine. I went for a falafel. A bit further I bought an organic lemonade. At some spots you can simply pay by card. Others only take cash or swish (a special payment app that allows Swedes to pay mobile – unfortunately not possible for foreigners). So it is best to bring some cash!

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When it came to the loppis* stalls I especially admired the homemade stuff. I talked to a lady who was clearly pleased that spring was back in town and was happy that she could return to Hornstulls Marknad.

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Have you ever visited a market in Sweden or went to a loppis*?

*Loppis = Swedish fleamarket

Julita Manor – a daytrip in Sörmland

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The largest open air museum in Sweden can be found at the edge of the Öljarenmeer, in the heart of Sörmland, near Katrineholm and Eskilstuna. Julita is part of Nordiska Museet in Stockholm. In the Middle Ages it was a monastery, later several members of the Swedish nobility owned and now it is an open air museum. The last resident, Artur Bäckström, lived here until 1941 and donated the estate after his death to the Nordiska Museet. Unlike many other houses nearby, Julita Manor is still a working farm. The Swedish Museum of Agricultural Sciences is even located there.

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The Julita manor house dates from 1760 and was built after the previous building was destroyed by fire. Julita Manor is fully equipped and shows you how they lived some 100 years ago. It really is like Artur can come walking back in anytime. Besides Julita manor you’ll find two smaller buildings: the garage where once the carriages were repaired and an office. It was striking that the people were living where they worked. No ‘out of office’ for them!

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Besides the original buildings like Julita manor, there are +350 buildings from different eras and different parts of Sweden, collected by the last owner. You can compare it to Skansen and Kulturen.

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You can follow several themed walks to visit Julita. These walks take about 45 minutes so you can combine several in one day if you want. Julita is a great day trip, very suitable for families with children as well. There are several eateries and it is also a perfect place for a picnic.

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Practical

During May and September Julita is open during the weekend. From June till August they are open every day. For the latest schedule, take a look on their best website. Own transport is the easiest to reach Julita but you can also get there by train and bus: take the train to Katrineholm and then change to bus 405 or 714.

Tip: download the app Sörmlandstrafiken to consult timetables and buy tickets. You can buy your ticket on the bus, but you can not pay cash onboard the busses (only cards – Maestro or credit card).

Events at Julita that are not to be missed are the Christmas (already at the beginning of November) and midsummer. In September, they have an annual ‘apple day’. In July there is the Julita Festival, a music event with classical music.

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The domain of Julita is very extensive. You could spend more than a day there. For those looking to overnight: there is a youth hostel and you can also stay in the 17th century rooms of the mansion.