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Monday, September 9, 2013

Destination Stockholm: top tips for design lovers

From the charm of the old town and the über chic shopping streets of Östermalm to the creative vibe of Södermalm, Stockholm is a beautiful city and a great destination for design lovers.

Here’s a list of must-do’s put together by the Bemz design team.
1. Stroll up the main shopping stretch Birger Jarlsgatan to the Bemz Inspiration Store where you can check out our fabulously (in true Swedish style) functional sofa covers, chair covers, daybed covers for Ikea furniture and more. Browse through 200 different fabrics, including designs by famous Swedish designers such as Stig Lindberg, Strömma, Viola Gråsten and more. View our different patterns and models, purchase fabric per meter or take home fabric swatches for inspiration.
2. Lotta Agaton (open Thursdays and Saturdays). Agaton, renowned for her chic, understated decorating style, has handpicked a selection of her favorite items for the home including homeware, furniture and textiles in a color scheme of black, white and grey. A visit to her store is a crash course in contemporary Scandinavian design.
3. Iconic Svensk Tenn store – home to the work of legendary designer Josef Frank – and a must for anyone who wants to take home some classic Swedish design.
4. Liljevalchs for the Home Sweet Home: Furnished Tales exhibition – open until September 15 – an artistic interpretation of Swedish design icons and their stylistic ideals. Follow this with lunch at Liljevalchs’ historic neighbor Blå Porten, a walled-in gem of a secret garden. While there, say thank you for the music next door at the newly opened Abba museum and have a bop on the flashing disco floor.
5. Millesgården,  an oasis just 10 minutes from downtown Stockholm where you can take in Carl Milles’ home, studio and garden full of sculptures. In design terms: Swedish grace at its best. Visit before September 22 to catch a solo exhibition of work by illustrator Mats Gustafson. This illustrious artist is repeatedly hired by some of the top fashion houses: Yohji Yamamoto, Dior, Comme des Garçons and Hermès, with his drawings regularly featured in Italian, French and British Vogue and other major fashion magazines.

For more ideas about how Bemz can help you style your next dinner party, visit www.bemz.com.