29 October, 2012
by Jayde Kincaid
For those travelling to Scandinavia with us who love Scandinavian design and home ware, please enjoy these few suggestions of places to visit if you are doing the main cities. Visual feasts, these shops are a pleasure to fit into your schedule. Most sell online as well if you want to buy when you get home.
The E Torndahl Shop for Scandinavian Design is a tiny shop, located on a busy little street in historic and charming Gamla Stan in Stockholm. Gamla means old – this is the heart of Stockholm and a lovely street to explore. The shop carries mostly housewares and decor items and some kids products from all over Scandinavia.
E. Torndahl AB
SE-111 29 Stockholm
SkansenButiken is the gift shop attached to the Skansen, a Swedish open-air living history museum, and is located on the island of Djurgården in Stockholm. Built in 1891, Skansen is a treat in and of itself, and its gift shop was no exception. Located outside the entrance (so you can shop without entering the museum), the shop carries gorgeous housewares, including traditional Swedish decorative items, modern Swedish decorative items, books, journals and sweet treats.
If you are visiting Helsinki, be sure to visit both the Marimekko Flagship Store (in the city centre) and Factory Outlet (which is located outside the city centre a short train ride away). The flagship store in Helsinki is the most fancy Marimekko store you will ever visit. It’s three stories high and contains every imaginable Marimekko piece of clothing, accessory and house ware. The Factory Store can still be pricey, but full of good stuff (including reams of fabric) for a decent discount.
Factory Outlet store: Kirvesmiehenkatu 7 in Helsinki. You can get there by public transport by checking this guide.
If you have come over to Helsinki on a Finnair aircraft, you will have enjoyed the new ‘Marimekko for Finnair’ collection of textiles and tableware, featuring Marimekko’s classic patterns.
In Copenhagen, take a moment to visit design shop Stilleben, at Niels Hemmingsensgade 3 (quite close to the main shopping street). In addition to carrying loads of textiles, ceramics and stationery with unique shapes and bold geometric prints, they also carry loads of collages, prints and posters by artists like Berit Mogensen Lopez and graphic designers like Playtype and ATWTP. ! A must see.
Danish company Hay, also in Copenhagen, has a large flagship store in central Copenhagen 9 (near Tivoli at Nytorv 9) and is a particular treat. They make and sell furniture and housewares, decor items, art supplies, paper goods, textiles, imported items.
Last but not least, Illums Bolighus in Copenhagen. The flagship shop in Copenhagen is several stories of decor items, furniture, textiles, cosmetics, children’s goods, jewelry and more: all modern, all distinctly Scandinavian, all beautiful. Just taking a walk through this store is a visual feast.