Independent design stores and timeless bastions such as Asplund and Nordiska Galleriet continue to serve up a contemporary range of Nordic and international design. Here are some of our Stockholm favorites.
From The Official Guide – Shopping in Stockholm
Asplund, Sibyllegatan 31
Since the early 1990s, Asplund has been the go-to destination for anyone seeking innovative, contemporary interior design. On display is an inspiring selection of international design brands plus in-house works by designers such as Jonas Bohlin, Thomas Sandell and Broberg & Ridderstråle, all under the banner of the Asplund Collections.
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Carina Seth Andersson, Kocksgatan 52
Glass and ceramic artist Carina Seth Andersson is behind many products that have become contemporary icons, such as the Dagg vases for Svenskt Tenn and Pallo, blown at Skrufs glassworks. At the beginning of 2019, she opened a characteristically simple little store in Södermalm where she sells her own designs alongside the odd secondhand find.
Esteriör Shop, Åsögatan 144
Vintage store Esteriör shop offers a temptingly design-focused and colorful mix of selected vintage furniture, lamps, houseplants and new interior design products. Founders Zandra and Henrik also run Esteriör Studio, which takes on everything from private interior design commissions to offices and commercial premises.
Modernity, Sibyllegatan 6
For those seeking exclusive vintage and modern antiques, from small interior accessories to furniture and carpets, Sibyllegatan in Östermalm is a veritable mecca. Start your browsing at Modernity on Östermalmstorg, then continue north along the street to Sjöströms Antik at number 39, JP Willborg at number 41 and Jacksons at number 53.
Muji, Åhléns, Klarabergsgatan 50
Muji’s new flagship store, which opened in August 2019, occupies a whole floor at the top of Åhléns City. The fittings are built in part using wood from an abandoned 100-year-old barn in Järvsö. Browse the elegantly simple products from across the company’s range. New categories for Sweden include bed linen, furniture and lighting. The store also offers help and advice on interior design and styling.
Nordiska Galleriet, Nybrogatan 11
Nordiska Galleriet is one of Stockholm’s apparently eternal bastions of design, alongside stores such as Svenskt Tenn and Stalands. The company has sold interior design on the same premises since 1933 and is responsible for introducing the likes of Cassina, B&B Italia and Vitra to Sweden. Since 2016, the company has had a new owner who continues to focus on current international design.
Petit Marche, Runebergsplan, Karlavägen 30A
There is always a good reason to buy flowers. Christoffers Blommor and Makalösa Blommor are the favorites of many interior stylists. But don’t miss little Petit Marche at the intersection of Karlavägen and Engelbrektsgatan, an old florist’s kiosk that Lena Alfonso and Café Vurma’s founder Neta Brandin have transformed into a miniature Parisian market, a charming combination of florist, gift shop and café.
Totême, Biblioteksgatan 5
Fashion label Totême’s flagship store, which opened in the spring 2019, was created by architectural practice Halleroed and is well worth a visit for inspiration. One level up from the street, the store spreads out like an exclusively furnished private apartment. One end is taken up by a bedroom section with clothing in a walk-in closet. At the other end is a desk and shelving with a selection of art and design books hand-picked by the founders.
Walles & Walles, Birger Jarlsgatan 81
Walles & Walles is something of an institution in Swedish design circles, and last fall Joakim Walles and antiques dealer Mikael Madestrand jointly launched a store next-door. This small, exclusively decorated space combines elegant and timeless furniture and textile design with selected art and antiques.
Photo: Esteriör shop, Asplund, Nordiska Galleriet, Modernity and Walles & Walles.