The Röhsska Museum of Fashion, Design and Decorative Arts (Röhsska museet) in Gothenburg, is on Vasagatan, close to Avenyn. There are temporary exhibitions of work by the best Scandinavian designers. There is also the history of design from 1851 to the present day.


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The Gothenburg Museum of Art (Göteborgs konstmuseum) is considered to have the world’s finest collection of turn-of-the-century Nordic art. The museum is at the top of Avenyn, on Götaplatsen. The entrance hall also houses the Hasselblad Centre for Photographic Art.

 Interested in design? Röhsska Museumof Fashion, Design and Decorative Arts (Röhsska museet) is on Vasagatan, close to Avenyn. There are temporary exhibitions of work by the best Scandinavian designers. There is also the history of design from 1851 to the present day.


If you thought Ikea was the pinnacle of Swedish creativity, a wander around the fin-de-siècle Art Nouveau architecture of Gothenburg will make you think again.  While you´re there, head to the Röhsska Museum for displays of Scandinavian design classics, especially 20th-century modernist furniture. Swedes have shown their class on canvas, too, notably the Art Nouveau paintings of Carl Larsson and more modern watercolors at the Nordic Watercolor Museum on Tjörn Island. Gothenburg is also known for its many independent design and clothes stores.


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Swedish design is cutting edge, but it cuts quietly. Here, objects should be beautiful to look at, but equally they should facilitate people’s everyday lives. And materials typically reveal the Swedish fondness for what the simple and natural. Sweden is home to many prominent fashion designers with their own brands, such as H&M and Filippa K, Acne, J. Lindberg, House of Dagmar and many more. The Kingdom of Crystal is located in a pastoral setting in the region of Småland, which is also famous for its plethora of furniture producers and sales outlets and world famous glass designers such as Kosta Boda. The big cities showcase Swedish design in restaurants, cafés and hotels, while in the far north, the renowned ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi creates new expressions every winter.


In the Kingdom of Crystal (Glasriket) in the province of Smaland,  handblown glass has been made since 1742. Today you will encounter both everyday glass and art glass of world-class quality. Here you can also see skilled glassblowers work turning the glowing molten glass unto fragile crystal glasses and colorful works of art.


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One of Stockholm’s most highly regarded purveyors of home furnishings, Svenskt Tenn highlights the vision and philosophy of designer Josef Frank. Svenskt Tenn was founded 1924 by Estrid Ericson who also recruited Josef Frank  to the company 10 years later.

At Svenskt Tenn you’ll find not only textiles and furniture but also pewter, table ware and much more.

After shopping relax in the tea room where once Estrid Ericson drank her tea twice a day.



They say that art inspires fashion, and fashion inspires design. The first months of the year in Stockholm is dedicated to mutual creativity and inspiration. First, the fashion elite will come together for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and the Stockholm Fashion Week trade fair, followed by Stockholm Design Week and the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Modern art will top things off during Stockholm Art Week.

  • Fashion week: 
    The fashion elite will gather in Stockholm in late January for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, one of Northern Europe’s leading fashion weeks, featuring nearly 30 local fashion designers. The week takes place twice yearly, and the autumn/winter collections will be shown in January. The week is open to media by invitation.
    When: January 27-29 
  • Design week:
    The Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair is the leading Scandinavian design fair and has expanded into a festival for the entire city. Events, art openings, parties and awards ceremonies: the festivities take place under the umbrella of Stockholm Design Week. The activities are centered at the Stockholmsmässan event space, particularly the “green room”, featuring young talent paving the way through themed exhibitions and an exciting guest of honor. When: February 3-9, 2014. Where:
  • Contemporary art week:
    Stockholm Art Week is the collective name for several exhibits and art fairs, from “MARKET”, the Nordic region’s leading art fair, in which top galleries present the best of the best, to the artist-run Supermarket and Spring Salon, the established, jury-selected exhibition. Included under the umbrella are the photography fair PhotoMarket, and Antikmässan, the antique fair. 

Spring Salon, when: January 24–March 23, where: Liljevalchs,

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