X Shore electric boats designed for emission-free sea travel

Engine noise, fumes and carbon emissions are all nonexistent with X Shore, one of the first electric boat-makers to target the consumer market. The Swedish company manufactures all-electric boats, emphasising that the “power of silence” and lack of smell facilitates a deeper connection to nature. X Shore launched its first boat model, the Eelex 6500, […]

Bornstein Lyckefors builds pale green cabin on rural Swedish island

Architecture studio Bornstein Lyckefors chose an unusual shade of green for the exterior of Granholmen, a humble cabin on the Swedish island of Kallaxön. Although many of Sweden’s wooden cottages and barns are famously painted in a distinctive shade of red, there is no history of that colour being used on the islands of the […]

Pétanque is played inside Boulebar restaurants by Bornstein Lyckefors

Architecture studio Bornstein Lyckefors has designed a series of restaurants in Sweden and Denmark that centre around a terrain for playing pétanque. Gothenburg-based Bornstein Lyckefors has created the interiors for six Boulebar venues, in the cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg, Örebro and Copenhagen. Bornstein Lyckefors has designed six Boulebar venues Each one has its own design […]

IKEA and Queen of Sweden adapt modular BoKlok housing for the elderly

IKEA and Skanska are collaborating with the Queen of Sweden on an offshoot of their modular BoKlok housing that will meet the needs of the elderly and people with dementia. Named SilviaBo, the housing project is being developed in Sweden by IKEA, Skanska and Silviahemmet, a dementia-care foundation established by Queen Silvia of Sweden. The […]

Emma Olbers Design adds new furnishings to The Old Library in Stockholm

Woven hemp chairs and pine reading tables are among the pieces that Emma Olbers Design has added in its renovation of the library in Stockholm‘s Nationalmuseum. Longlisted in the civic and cultural interior category of this year’s Dezeen Awards, the Old Library has been overhauled by Emma Olbers Design to include a host of furnishings […]

Red wooden curtain surrounds nature reserve entrance pavilion by Sandellsandberg

A curtain of red timber panels drape around the entrance pavilion to the Eriksberg Hotel & Nature Reserve in Blekinge, Sweden, designed by Sandellsandberg. Named Outdoor Eriksberg, the bright red building was designed by Swedish studio Sandellsandberg to improve the quality and navigability of the nature reserve’s entrance area. It has a “textile look” intended to […]

Johan Sundberg adds concrete spa to 16th century Swedish estate

Johan Sundberg Arkitekter and Blasberg Andreasson have built Andrum, a concrete spa overlooking the grounds of a centuries-old estate in Höör, Sweden. The stepped concrete volume sits on the western edge of the estate’s loosely enclosed inner garden. It is built into a slope that runs down towards a lower park. Johan Sundberg Arkitekter and Blasberg […]

Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter creates Lyceum apartments within former university labs

Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter has transformed the former Pharmaceutical Institute at the Old Technical College in Stockholm into light-filled apartments that feature historic decor details. Designed by Swedish architect Gustaf Dahl in 1896, the heritage listed building has been renamed Lyceum and now contains 39 spacious flats with interiors that nod to its past life as […]

Johan Sundberg completes Swedish holiday home that takes cues from Japanese architecture

Architect Johan Sundberg has borrowed elements from traditional Japanese houses to create Sommarhus T, a holiday home on Sweden’s south coast. Located in a pine forest in Ljunghusen, the house provides a modest summer retreat for a family of four. A key aspect of the brief was to provide a strong connection with the setting. […]

IKEA launches homeware made from rice straw to help reduce India’s smog problem

IKEA will launch a collection of home accessories made from rice straw that would otherwise be burnt by India’s farmers and pollute the air. Called Förändring, which means change in Swedish, the homeware collection comprises around 15 lampshades, vessels and mats made using a variety of techniques that use up leftover rice straw. The collection […]

Afropicks by Simon Skinner challenges perception of Swedish design

Swedish product designer Simon Skinner has created a collection of afro hair combs that explore the effect of migration on Swedish identity.  Called Afropicks, the collection of eight different combs was on show as part of the Hemma Gone Wild exhibition by Swedish Design Moves during this year’s Milan design week. Anton is a comb […]

Note Design Studio applies warm tones throughout Stockholm’s Grow Hotel

Note Design Studio has combined deep orange marble fixtures with peachy-hued furnishings inside this Stockholm hotel to foster a comforting atmosphere for tired travellers on business trips. Located northwest of central Stockholm close to Solna Strand metro station, the Grow Hotel has been designed by Note Design Studio to feature spaces that are “warm and […]

Malou Palmqvist’s sculptures defy the “fundamental laws of nature”

Geometric shapes balance precariously atop misshapen forms in this abstract sculpture series by Swedish designer Malou Palmqvist. Called Balanced Collapse, the sculptures juxtapose amorphous shapes made of clay with wooden bases and geometric stone plaster forms, which appear to balance weightlessly in mid-air. “I am fascinated by the fundamental laws of nature,” said Palmqvist. “I like it […]

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