No design lover who is lucky enough to visit Stockholm should miss Svenskt Tenn, one of the most well-known interior design destinations in the world. Yes, it's a retail shop and design studio, but it's also a totally immersive experience into a complete universe of style as defined by one of the 20th century's great tastemakers.
Estrid Ericson was 30 years old when she founded Svenskt Tenn in 1924 to sell her designs made from Swedish pewter (which is what Svenskt Tenn translates to). Nearly instant success followed and as her business grew, Estrid became increasingly interested in interior design. She worked with local architects while traveling the world for exquisite finds to share with her clients.
Her most enduring collaboration was with the respected architect and designer Josef Frank, who fled Austria (and the Nazis) with his Swedish wife, landing in Stockholm in the early 30s. Frank designed 160 textile patterns (which are currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity, although they never really fall out of favor - they are a true classic) for Svenskt Tenn, along with a huge archive of furniture designs.
The shop is now owned and run by a foundation with several aims - to promote education and research in the fields of medicine and the environment, as well as preserving the history of Swedish interior design. All of this is in keeping with Estrid's wishes, so it is not only her design sense that lives on but also her sense of community and spirit.
Recently completely revamped, the new shop features gallery space and a lovely "teasalong" where you can refuel with the house blend and pastries, surrounded by the classic Svenskt Tenn style.
More info: Svenskt Tenn
114 84 Stockholm
(Images: Janel Laban)