A day out in central Stockholm

The sun has been shining again! Even though the temperatures are still below 0, we can finally spend more time out and around the Stockholm.

On Saturday we have met my lovely friend Sofia for a fantastic lunch at Eataly – yes, it has open here, and yes i am so hopelessly happy (after 10 years as an expat, I still miss genuine Italian food, and Eataly is definitely the grocery I was waiting for! 🙂 )

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Eataly in Biblioteksgatan

After lunch, we went for a short walk and then fika (the Swedish way to say coffee and cake – to get an idea of what I am talking about, follow this link) to the new Joahn & Nyström cafe that opened in Norrlandsgatan.

At Johan & Nyström they serve one of the best coffees in town and the level of their pastries is of superior quality. In addition, the cafĂ© “per sĂ©” is decorated following the Swedish rules for minimal design.

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Swedish-hottie Morgan enjoining the minimal interior design.

After we packed ourselves with caffeine and sugar, we took long walk home, enjoining the sun and the chilly breeze of early Swedish spring.

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Linus discovering Svensk Hemslöjd and its beautiful decorations for Easter, inspired by Swedish folk-art.
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The Royal Castle – cannot really believe this is the castle, no surprise that the Swedish royal family does not live here…

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Dramatic sky over the Riskdagen, in Gamla Stan.

And how was your weekend? Have you done something special outside or did you just simply chill at home?

 

Stockholm winterland

It is still freezing here, even though March is already started.

 

The snow is very fascinating and makes the city looks like a magic place…

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Gamlestan from Skeppholmen yesterday afternoon
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Some boats and ice in Skeppholmen

…but this winter in never ending.

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A visit to Svenskt Tenn

At the end of February my mom came to visit me and I really wanted to do something fun and nice with her. I decided to take her to have high tea, and while there are several fantastic venues to have afternoon tea here in Stockholm, I decided to go for Svenskt Tenn. This location is simply unique!

Established in 1924, Svenskt Tenn is a fantastic interior design store that will charm you with it’s bold and colorful, at the same time extremely elegant, style. The store is located in StrandvĂ€gen, one of the most elegant street in Stockholm, and here you can find wallpapers, textiles, carpets, objects and furniture, all of unique and colourful designs.

Even though the Swedish design is more renown for being minimal, Svensk Tenn has always offered  a selection of bright and colourful patterns and fantasies, that eventually have become a classic.

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Textiles, textiles and more textiles!

Everything is curated to the smallest detail and every corner is to be discovered and when in, it feels like living in a gigantic work of art.

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A corner in Svensk Tenn.

And the afternoon tea? It was a work of art itself too…

We were very pleased and my mom was happy and she felt very spoiled too! 🙂

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Look at this wallpaper! (every excuse is good for a selfie!)
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Happy smiles before leaving Svenskt Tenn!

To know more about Svensk Tenn or to book the afternoon, visit their website here.

The Art of the Street @ Magic City

Sunday = Funday! Right?

For our Funday, we decided to go for an art show that would be interesting for us parents but also child friendly. After browsing the web and finding nothing really exciting to do, I saw the pics a former colleague has posted on his Instagram, about an art show and we decided to give it a try. (thanks Raj! 😊)

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Huge Magic – by Swedish artist Huge

The Art of the Street is a huge exhibition presenting a unique selection of works by street-artists from all over the world. What makes this art show so unique, is that it does not only focus on one media or form, but in fact it represents street art in its different features, sizes and shapes. From monumental murals, to teeny tiny sculptures, everything in this exhibition is encouraging the visitor to rethink the urban spaces from places we live passively, to actually and actively explore them.

The installation by Slinkachu was one of my favourites. I knew his work from before, but I never had the chance to see it in real life. His installation requires the viewer to peep through a hole in a wall, in order to discover the miniature sculptures that live behind it.

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Morgan doing his duties and helping Linus to look at the installation.

The artist creates, from modelling to painting, mini-sculptures that consequently he “abandons” on the street. In his artist statement, Slinkachu says how “the street-based side of his work plays with the notion of surprise” and how he aims “to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings”.

Roa is a street-artist from Belgium and his murals represent wild or urban animals. In his pieces, he often represents the skeleton and internal organs since they are among the vital parts of the animal body, and therefore deserve to be represented.

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For the exhibition at magic city, Roa has created a number of pieces, including few that give the visitor the possibility to play around and decide what to see, the animal itself, or its internal body.

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Linus playing with one of Roa’s installations

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Even though the exhibition was pleasant and well presented, it also felt it was a bit contradictory. Street art is meant to be in the streets and even though all the artworks were beautifully curated and presented, most of them felt pretty decontextualized.

Street art should be an urban adventure throught which the city inhabitants are invited to investigate, with new eyes, the places they live everyday. Placing these works in an indoor environment strips them off of their original intent, and makes them into simple (but beautiful!) illustrations or objects.

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The Art of the Street is displayed at Magasin 9 i Frihamnen and is on until the 4th March.

For more information, visit the exibition website here.