Swedish design shops: Sofas & Couches – Scandinavian Designs

6 Scandinavian design shops that will transform your home

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July 6, 2016

Known for its simplicity and functionality, Scandinavian design has an elegance that easily allows it to be incorporated into the home. The aesthetic is characterized by clean lines, beautiful materials and exceptional craftsmanship. And, its sensible sophistication has the power to bring a feeling of happiness and harmony to the home.

These six Scandinavian shops are on the forefront of contemporary design and surely will add a breath of fresh air to your abode.

HAPPYsthlm-Photo via Karin Björkquist©

HAPPYsthlm

This hip design boutique located in Stockholm’s Gamla Stan (Old Town) sells home wares, accessories and jewelry with a contemporary, yet timeless, aesthetic. Taking inspiration from nature, the shop’s artisans create household items such as 100 percent linen tea towels decorated with forest critters and pillowcases with whimsical flora imagery. You’ll also find trinkets made in neighboring Scandinavian countries. For instance, Lovi Oy, a family-owned company based in Finland, makes figurines out of Finnish birch plywood. For those who enjoy spending time in the kitchen, the shop’s crafters also create a line of glassware, stoneware and cast-iron that is all made in Sweden.

 

Photo via Iris Hantverk

Iris Hantverk

Also located in Stockholm’s historic and picturesque Gamla Stan, Iris Hantverk is a thoughtfully curated home store with artwork, linens, kitchen wares, bath goods and cleaning supplies. The retailer’s core business is manufacturing brushes, which are made by visually impaired craftsmen at Sandsborgsvägen, Enskede. These beautiful brushes are handcrafted from natural materials and are sold in Iris Hantverk’s two Stockholm shops and in boutiques throughout Sweden.

Svenskt Tenn

Around since 1924, Svenskt Tenn is known for its vivid use of color and bold graphic prints. “Never let your home be finished,” founder Estrid Ericson is quoted on its website. “Keep rearranging the furniture and leave space for children and presents to keep the home alive.” After stepping foot in this fabulous store, you’ll agree with this mindset, as its eye candy fills you with a sense of wonder. Don’t fret if you are stuck stateside; through its web shop, you can order everything from textiles and tchotchkes to upholstered furniture.

Photo via Lotta Jansdotter

Lotta Jansdotter

Americans will recognize Lotta Jansdotter’s aesthetic from Crate & Barrel’s kids’ shop Land of Nod along with her line of design manuals through Chronicle Books. The print artist creates functional products (paper, melamine dishes, kitchen textiles and bedding) that are marked with images that have a sophisticated, yet homespun, DIY look about them. She gets her inspiration from Scandinavia’s pristine landscape. If in Stockholm, you can purchase her wares at various stores throughout Gamla Stan. And if you’re lucky, you’ll see her cats (also her artistic subjects) roaming Old Town’s narrow cobbled streets.

Photo via Muuto Design

Design House Stockholm

This design retailer sells a collection of beautifully made Scandinavian products from wearable fashion to items you can adorn your abode with. When this design house says it carries “Scandinavian” products, it is speaking in philosophical terms, not geographic regions. Its designs, which come from as far as Australia, embrace a sleek, minimalist design sense that transcends time and has come to be known universally as the Scandinavian aesthetic. In the United States, you can find Design House Stockholm’s items at Zinc Details in San Francisco.

Muuto Design

The muted colors and clean lines of Muuto Design give their creations a quiet beauty. Named for muutos, meaning new perspective in Finnish, the company consists of nearly 40 Scandinavian designers that embrace a strong contemporary design philosophy. Products include molded plywood chairs, unique pendant lighting, beautiful textiles and functional household items like bowls and felt organizing bins that are works of art.

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Eleish Van Breems’s New Nantucket Store

Arbiters of Swedish design since the duo’s inception in 1997, Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems of Eleish van Breems came together over their love of Gustavian antiques and have been imbuing American tastes with their vision ever since. Their first storefront, located in Westport, Connecticut, is their studio and design firm, where they have authored three design books about Scandinavian design. It’s no surprise their Euro-American aesthetic has been coveted by many East Coast households.

Light-hued and airy, Gustavian design lends itself well to storied American coastal aesthetics. So when the opportunity arose to begin a new endeavor in Nantucket, the duo grabbed at the chance.

“Nantucket has always been for us a place with a determined spirit of adventure and freedom very akin to the island communities of Sweden,” explains Eleish. “We are drawn to the special light, the sailing, the dramatic southern shore beaches on the Atlantic, but most of all, to the wonderful community found on this historic island.”

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Located in the heart of downtown with views of the Easy Street Basin, EVB evokes the pleasure of island life with whitewashed walls and pops of blue scattered throughout the shop’s wares.

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“At our store you will find Scandinavian style embracing island sensibility. Our furnishings and accessories reflect the timeless allure of indoor/outdoor living and entertaining with a focus on high-quality natural materials and small artisan makers from both sides of the Atlantic.”

Pure East Coast charm exudes from the exterior, though EVB furnishes the interior with a distinctly Scandinavian flair for clean lines and serene decor that is at once comfortable and welcoming.

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Antiques intermix with the new craftsmanship arriving fresh from Sweden, including table linens by Axlings Linne, fine porcelain dinnerware from Gustavsberg, rugs from Brita Sweden, textiles from Johanna Howard, and the soulful pottery of Paradisverkstaden out of Öland. Handcrafted homewares and hostess gifts create a stylish backdrop for the larger pieces on display from EVB’s own design collection as well as other European-focused companies like Verellen and Dedon.

“We have always focused on presenting unique finds and collections that are rooted in craftsmanship: textiles, furniture, lighting, artworks, leather goods,” the duo says. “We highlight companies and makers that reflect our interest in what the Swedes call ‘good design for everybody,’ the hallmarks of which are high-quality materials meeting optimal form, function, and beauty.”

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Eleish van Breems will be cutting the ribbon on their newest location Thursday, July 2, just in time for the holiday weekend. While the coronavirus pandemic has many of us staying at home, Nantucket is still reachable by virtual means. EVB is a sponsor of Nantucket by Design, an annual summer fundraiser that celebrates the island’s influence on American design, that will be held virtually on July 30—August 1 with designer panel discussions and antique auctions.

For locals, Eleish van Breems Home is located at 14 Easy Street, Nantucket, MA 02554.
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

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Swedish shops worth checking out

Sweden has produced some pretty famous shopping brands. You already know the big ones but there’s much more to the Nordic nation’s shopping scene than Clas Ohlson, H&M and a certain flat-pack furniture store. Here are some of the quirky Swedish shops worth checking out on your next visit.

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Design shops

Modern, minimalistic and oh-so expensive: the Swedish design products that end up in department stores abroad usually cost an arm and a leg. But even though Swedes love design, not everyone is willing to spend silly money on doing up their home. That’s where shops like DesignTorget come in. There are branches of this form-focused interior design store in most big Swedish cities, selling everything from teacups to candlestick holders at not-too-scary prices.

Another cheap design shop worth checking out is Lagerhaus, which does porcelain, glassware and candy, as well as furniture, bathroom stuff and smelly candles. Both of these chains sell a fair bit of junk, but there’s nice stuff to be had and you’ll never get bored wandering the aisles. If you’re not worried too much about cash and want to grab some top-notch Swedish design for your pad, try upscale shops like Artilleriet or Svenssons i Lammhult.

Bookshops

Most Swedish bookshops sell at least some English-language books, even if they’re just British thrillers or English translations of the latest Nordic Noir series.

An easy option is Pocket Shop, which has branches at train stations and airports across Sweden. The bookish staff know a thing or two about the titles they have on sale, and they can probably point you in the direction of some good Swedish books. Alternatives to Pocket Shop include Akademibokhandeln and Adlibris, an online giant that has just one physical shop (it’s in Stockholm).

Need some book recommendations? Here are some tips on Swedish books worth seeking out.

Department stores

If you want to try shopping at Sweden’s answer to Harrods, head to Nordiska Kompaniet (NK). With branches in Stockholm and Gothenburg, these big, luxury-focused department stores are home to restaurants and bars, and they also stock high-end Swedish clothes for men, women and kids.

Similar to NK but not quite as flashy, Åhléns is a store that you’ll find dotted across the country. Along with the usual perfume counters and make-up stands, it sells furniture, clothing and kitchen stuff.

Fashion outlets

Once you’ve tried out some of Sweden’s lesser-known clothing stores you’ll never want to go back to H&M. We’ve got a huge guide to the best Swedish fashion brands here, covering everything from Acne Studios to Whyred. If you’re on a budget, delve into the second-hand scene: here are our recommendations for vintage stores and flea markets in Stockholm.

Other Swedish shops worth checking out

Grandpa

Hipsters love Grandpa, a quirky Swedish chain offering a mix of Scandinavian fashion, vintage furnishings and home accessories. There’s a nice environmental focus and the company encourages its suppliers to produce organic and sustainable products. There are three branches in Stockholm, along with another one in Gothenburg.

Byredo

Swedes aren’t known for their smells but luxury brand Byredo is trying to change that. The company was founded by Ben Gorham who apparently became intrigued by scents after travelling to his mother’s hometown in India. A word of warning, though: these nice whiffs aren’t cheap!

Systembolaget

No trip to Sweden would be complete without experiencing the whacky world of Systembolaget. This is Sweden’s alcohol monopoly – a government-run chain of stores with not-so-generous opening hours (boo!) but permission to sell hard booze (yay!). Wander in and start browsing the wine, which is organised by cost and country. Bonus tip: go on a Friday night, when long queues often fill the aisles. You’ll be feeling properly Swedish in no time at all.

Pressbyrån

There’s a very good chance that Pressbyrån will be the first Swedish shop you encounter. These newsagents’ shops are on almost every corner, helping Swedes to feed their desire for candy, snus and hot dogs. Pressbyrån also sells Swedish sim cards, as well as tickets for public transport networks.
Not sure what to buy for folks back home? Our guide to Swedish souvenirs is full of ideas.

 

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Scandinavian Furniture: Design with Great Functionality

Light wood, layers, functional shapes and friendly colors. As soon as the idea of Scandinavian Design arose, these associations were near and enthusiastic since the middle of the last century, one generation after the other. It is not surprising, that the Scandinavian Design had such a large fan club: its reduced language form is practiced all over without interruption. The use of organic material and a certain pragmatism create a warm and inviting impression.

Between Modernism & Traditional Scandinavian Craftsmanship

The Scandinavian Design has set its mark over the last six decades in international design. This is not only the case in equality between shape, function, stability and costs, but also in skillful marketing. For a very long time the Scandinavian countries have decided to have a similar appearance in international design: The very first time the “Scandinavian Design Idea” arose was in 1951 during the London Exhibition “Scandinavian Design for Living“. The Exhibition presented Furniture, glass and textiles of different Scandinavian designers. These were connected to the coming modernisms of Germany and France. Scandinavian furniture was characterized by traditional craftsmanship as well as the use of local materials like birch wood, glass, clay and cloth. The exhibition that followed, “Design in Scandinavia“, toured the USA and Canada from 1954 to 1957 and established the design of Scandinavian Modernism also internationally.

Everyone’s Love of Nature & Design

From the beginning the concept of Scandinavian Design went in with an agreed presentation of the Scandinavian business: The use of organic materials was interpreted as the Scandinavian love of Nature and the simplicity and functionality of furniture as a symbol of the equal, democratic lifestyle. Especially in Germany after the Second World War, these social and democratic ideas that emerged in Scandinavian Design were very popular. Cheap mass production and new manufacturing techniques made good design affordable for almost everyone. The technology of laminating wood with the help of dampness, played an important role for the success of the Danish furniture manufacturers Fritz Hansen. The design of the Ant Chair by Arne Jacobsen from 1952 is until today the company’s most popular chair. The Scandinavian design icon can be found in schools, canteens and private houses.

Why Scandinavian Furniture is still popular after Generations

Classic Scandinavian Design is a definite source of inspiration for many younger design companies. Through the influence of international designers and many brands Scandinavian design furniture & decor receives more and more modern movements. Personal experiences of a designer shape the product’s form, so that the Scandinavian Design is always contemporary and relevant. These new influences ensure that Scandinavian design does not become obsolete, but that future generations can still enjoy its functional elegance!

Scandinavian Interior Brands – 2019/2020 List

Whether you call them Scandinavian interior design brands or Scandinavian home brands I simply can’t get enough of them. With its clean-cut lines and simplistic approach it is no wonder that I am in awe over Scandinavian interior design brands.

Usually these brands are of high quality and functional. Of course I must admit that my home at the moment more consists of IKEA furniture than any other Scandinavian interior brand, but this will change for sure for our next house purchase.

Being a Swedish ex-pat it would make me extra proud of owning a well designed Scandinavian piece. And would also make me feel connected to my roots and my story.

In fact every time I visit Stockholm I am more curious to explore interior design shops before I do anything else. Luckily my partner is always there to remind me to travel light. And reminds me that I don’t have a container to go back home with (I must say that I am an expert at packing objects like a coffee table in our suitcase but that story is for another time).

Luckily though the below shops have international shipping, which solves this issue.

Scandinavian Interior Brands

Muuto

Shop: Muuto
Country: Finland

Oh dear Muuto…this was one of the first design brands that I started to blog about way back. The clean functionality and craftsmanship of their pieces juxtaposed with their quirky and bold approach to design makes Muuto designs so special. Apparently the name Muuto comes from the Finnish word Muutos which means “new perspective” in Finnish.

Favorite Designs: E27 pendant Lamp and Open candelbra

Menu

Shop: Muuto
Country: Denmark

Menu is all about making beautifully everyday objects practical and that is just how I feel this brand. I love the way they merge a softness and sophistication together with a more urban and cool vibe. It doesn’t take much for an interior design to become stylish by adding the right matching pieces from Menu’s line. Do I need to mention that I have a big crush on this brand?

Favorite Designs: Afteroom Counter Chair plus and Leonard Chandelier Tribeca

Ferm Living

Shop: Ferm Living
Country: Denmark

This young brand is based in Copenhagen but collaborates with talented designers around the world. There is always a clean design object to pick up from here either to my home or as a gift. In regards of prices they are fairly okay for smaller items. Make sure to check it out today if you need some simple designs for your home.

Favorite Designs: Plant box and Bau Pot

String

Shop: String
Country: Sweden

String is a brand of both history for myself and the design world. 1949 was the year the first String was designed by Nils Strinning.

For my own history with the String I so recall my grandparent’s house and in particular my grandfather’s room which had a string shelve decorating one of his wallpapered walls. The shelf contained his most precious items which I recall always looking at when I went into his room.

Enough of history, today String is super stylish and its clean design especially when building your own String system can fit in perfectly into any modern design.

Favorite Designs: Build your own

Want more Scandinavian?

Check out our Scandinavian Interior Design Guide list

VIPP

Shop: VIPP
Country: Sweden

VIPP is a brand that has taken the design world with a storm with its simple and functional design items. Not only am I a fan of their designs but must also say that I love the founders story.

The story of them committing to each other that they will not buy anything to their apartment unless they think that they will keep it for the rest of their lives. Such a sustainable commitment and this is also the foundation of their VIPP designs – ‘It´s timeless, solid and extremely well thought through”.

Favorite Designs: Espresso cups and Pedal bin

Skagerak

Shop: Skagerak
Country: Denmark

Skagerak is a family owned company in Denmark since 1976. They stand by producing responsibly and support sustainable wood sourcing. I am eyeing quite a few different items that I know would work so well in our apartment right now, but also would be classical purchases for our house in the future, like the Edge pot.

Favorite Designs: Miskito Lounge Chair and Edge pot

Friends Founders

Shop: Friends Founders
Country: Sweden

Mix together a Swedish talented designer and a Danish designer with background in furniture and there we have the design due that founded Friends Founders. I am new to this duo found them through sourcing the internet (can’t recall which Scandinavian blog recommended them). Even though they are new to me they are not new to the design world, having showed at fairs like Stockholm Furniture fair.

Favorite Designs: My Chair and La Lampe

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Domo Design

Shop: Domo Design
Country: Sweden

Domo design focuses on telling stories through steel through its craftsmanship that has its origin in south of Sweden. I particular like the clean lines and the different use of textures in their designs. Something else I really like is design ranges that has a clear focus on material choice which Domo Design for sure portrays. Mixing their clean steel pieces together with more rustic natural material would be a nice juxtaposition for my design taste.

Favorite Designs: The Domo table and Domo Storage

Interested to get inspired by Scandinavian interior design books? See my curated book list that I put together with some of the latest popular books that will get you in the right Scandinavian interior mood.

Iris Hantverk

Shop: Iris Hantverk
Country: Sweden

I have long been wanting to visit Iris Hantverk. The Swedish traditional craftsmanship of brush binding has a very natural appeal something that I enjoy mixing up with more starker materials. Don’t miss out checking their selection today for that Scandinavian craftsmanship look.

Favorite Designs: Fogg cactus and Sandwhich plate/egg cup

I hope you have enjoyed our updated list of some of our favorite designer brands that we one day hope to create a story within our home.

If you wish to learn more about the Scandi style then make sure to pop over to the guide we did on Scandinavian interior design. It is filled with tips and tricks on what to think of in regards of designing your home in this style and also some understanding of the philosophy and thinking behind the design style.

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Caroline Broman

I am Caroline, an ex interior design consultant, turned into a content creator, 30+ something Swedish born with an insane passion and interest for design, blogging, and living a meaningful and creative life.
Design to me is about creating a (your) story – it is about understanding what matters and how to create something unique and meaningful which speaks and motivates you.

10 Affordable Swedish Clothing Brands You Should Know

The best clothing brands in Sweden create affordable and sustainable clothing pieces from eco-friendly materials using ethical, eco-conscious, and socially responsible production methods.

Many Swedish fashion labels offer inexpensive alternatives to fast fashion that protect the environment and the welfare of people, animals, and the planet.

Buy from labels that actively reduce fashion’s pollution, waste, and carbon emissions. It’s possible to lower your wardrobe’s environmental footprint without breaking the bank.

I’ve done a lot of research and hard work for you so that you can buy from any of the below Swedish clothing brands, knowing that they make affordable clothes under high social and environmental standards.

Category: Basics, denim, outerwear, knitwear, sweats, underwear, accessories
For: Women, men, children
From: Gothenburg, Sweden
Values: Organic, Fair Trade, recycled, second-hand
Prices: $40-$180

Nudie Jeans is an ethical denim brand from Sweden that makes high-quality jeans and other affordable basics. It’s well-known for its sustainability, both environmental and social.

Nudie Jeans offers a stylish and environmentally friendly denim selection made from Fair Trade and organic cotton. It aims to make the most eco-friendly jeans with no extra treatment or washes.

Nudie Jeans encourages a smarter way to consume. It guarantees social standards verified by third-party organizations, including the Fair Wear Foundation.

2. ASKET

Category: Basics, sweats, denim, outerwear, underwear, accessories
For: Men
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Values: Organic
Prices: $50-$120

ASKET is a Swedish clothing brand creating a range of menswear essentials, timeless basics for every men’s wardrobe. It offers a permanent collection of ethically produced, quality, and timeless garments designed to last.

Since 2015, ASKET encourages its customers to invest in timeless wardrobe-essentials. Its prices are fair, its manufacturing is ethical, and its products outlast the current standards.

ASKET wants to eradicate fast-consumption with pieces that stand the test of time. It envisions a world with less clutter, less waste, less smoke, and mirrors.

Category: Basics, underwear, accessories
For: Women
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Values: Zero waste, recycled, transparent
Prices: $20-$60

Swedish Stockings is a modern and environmentally conscious pantyhose changing the entire hosiery industry. It manufactures its quality, affordable, and sustainable tights in a zero-waste, emission-free facility in Italy.

Swedish Stockings uses recycled materials such as regenerated polyamide from both pre and post-consumer nylon waste. It also has a recycling program to reduce and recycle textile waste.

The zero-waste clothing brand is consistently looking for innovative and cleaner ways to produce its garments. It aims to conserve or reusing water, decrease emissions, and reduce energy consumption.

Category: Basics, denim, dresses, knitwear, loungewear, outerwear, swimwear, underwear, bags, accessories, shoes, jewelry
For: Women, men, children
From: Gothenburg, Sweden
Values: Organic, recycled, vegan, minimalist
Prices: $30-$90

COS is a Swedish apparel brand that offers comfy, cute, and timeless fashion at competitive prices, aiming to be kind to the world and the people in it.

COS creates affordable leisurewear, workwear, swimwear, underwear, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and kids using organic materials such as cotton and hemp.

The brand designs every clothing piece to make it lasts beyond the season. It sells classic and stylish essentials for the modern wardrobe.

Its fashion philosophy mixes innovative design with enduring style. Its garments are made under the motto “Buy better. Keep forever”. They are simple, beautiful, and very functional.

Category: Basics, denim, knitwear, loungewear, activewear, outerwear, underwear, shoes, accessories
For: Women, men
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Values: Organic, recycled
Prices: $70-$260

Filippa K is a Swedish sustainable fashion brand based in Stockholm, Sweden. It designs affordable and timeless styles with Scandinavian minimalism and long-lasting quality.

Founded in 1993 by Filippa Knutsson, the Filippa K Woman collection offers timeless essentials for women and men made with ethically-sourced materials and responsible standards.

Filippa K is a household name in Sweden and a leading Scandinavian fashion brand with a global approach. Sustainability is at the core of everything the brand does.

Filippa K aims to drive a movement of mindful consumption. It works hard to create products and a community committed to slowing down the fashion industry.

Category: Basics, denim, knitwear, outerwear, bridal
For: Women
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Values: Organic, recycled, zero waste, give back
Prices: $100-$350

Ida Sjöstedt is a Swedish fashion designer that dresses riot girls, fairytale princesses, power ladies, and everyone else in between. She believes in equality and mutual respect as a necessary foundation for a sustainable work environment.

Ida Sjöstedt creates fabulous, timeless, and sustainable garments desirable enough to wear and keep for a long, long time. She informs her customers about treating their garments to last a lifetime.

Her collections feature 20% of stock materials to avoid the production of new fabrics. She also resues or donates shoes and other accessories from fashion shows to charity each season.

7. Vagabond

Category: Shoes, sneakers, boots, sandals, mules, flats, bags, accessories
For: Women, men
From: Varberg, Sweden
Values: Organic, recycled
Prices: $70-$300

Vagabond Shoemakers is a Swedish shoe brand based in Varberg. It makes new footwear out of recycled materials to reduce waste.

You can bring your old shoes to your nearest Vagabond store for reuse or recycling. Vagabond’s return service first launched in 2017 and now gives thousands of post-consumer shoes an extended or new life.

About 500 skilled persons make great-looking quality shoes for the modern vagabond who cares about style and a sustainable lifestyle.

The Swedish brand invites each of us to become more environmentally responsible. Its mission is to make sure all shopping decisions are conscious ones.

8. NA-KD

Category: Basics, denim, outerwear, knitwear, underwear, swimwear, nightwear, accessories
For: Women
From: Gothenburg, Sweden
Values: Organic, recycled
Prices: $20-$120

NA-KD is a next-generation fashion marketplace, a mobile-based online shopping sanctuary for fashion addicts worldwide. It offers a sustainable collection of womenswear, including affordable and cute trendy pieces.

NA-KD sells many different worldwide clothing labels at various price points and designs a range of clothes, footwear, and accessories under its brand.

The NA-KD brand is one of the fastest-growing on social media. To launch new collections, it regularly partners with influencers such as Andrea Hedenstedt, Anika Teller, Astrid Olsen, Camille Botten, Dilara Avci, Pamela Reif, Kristin Sundberg, and more.

Category: Basics, denim, knitwear, loungewear, outerwear, swimwear, underwear, sleepwear, bags, accessories, shoes, jewelry
For: Women, men, children
From: Gothenburg, Sweden
Values: Organic, recycled, vegan
Prices: $30-$90

Monki is a Swedish storytelling brand that offers comfy, cute, and trendy fashion at competitive prices, aiming to be kind to the world and the people in it.

Monki specializes in Scandinavian cool with creative street style and is all about being brave, friendly, and fun while empowering young women to stand up for themselves and others.

Monki creates stylish and affordable fashion basics, dresses, denim jeans, knitwear, swimwear, outerwear, footwear, bags, and accessories. The brand designs every piece to make a positive impact, selling sustainable essentials for the modern wardrobe.

Category: Basics, denim, loungewear, activewear, swimwear, sleepwear, underwear, shoes, bags, accessories
For: Women, men, children
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Values: Organic, recycled
Prices: $20-$180

ARKET is a clothing brand from Stockholm, Sweden, that creates accessible, well-made, and durable fashion products for women, men, and children.

The clothing label designs beautiful, lasting, and responsibly-made fashion, home, and travel accessories. It sells a wide range of shoes, bags, accessories, homeware, and ready-to-wear.

ARKET specializes in chic and classic clothes, accessories, and footwear designed to be used and loved for a long time. It naturally incorporates sustainability in all processes.

The brand aspires to become more sustainable. It carefully chooses its suppliers and materials and informs customers about caring for their products to prolong their lifespan.

About the Author: Alex Assoune

Alex Assoune (MS) is a global health and environmental advocate. He founded Panaprium to inspire others with conscious living, ethical, and sustainable fashion. Alex has worked in many countries to address social and environmental issues. He speaks three languages and holds two Master of Science degrees in Engineering from SIGMA and IFPEN schools.


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production of custom-made kitchen furniture

Quality assurance of the kitchen from the manufacturer

The quality of our headsets is confirmed by a certificate of conformity, issued based on the results of tests by the relevant service of the CSMS. We manufacture budget and luxury kitchens to order from sustainable materials. This is evidenced by the hygienic certificate we received, which was issued by the sanitary-epidemiological service. Also, the safety and convenience of Maria’s kitchens are confirmed by the experience of consumers who have been using our stylish furniture for 18 years.

Projects “Kitchen to order”

The best kitchens are created by us together with leading Italian designers, in particular from the company Adriani & Rossi. European experts develop stylish individual furniture design, select materials, built-in appliances, accessories. The result is a harmonious and complete kitchen composition for your home.

Creation of a kitchen design project

In order for the kitchen furniture to fit perfectly into the available space, our craftsmen will take measurements of the room for free, fix the location of doors, windows and communications, and other features.After taking measurements, the designer of our kitchen furniture factory will talk to you. He will clarify the model you have chosen and your wishes. When you come to our studio, several projects of stylish and functional kitchens, developed for free, will already be waiting for you.

Elite headsets from the Maria factory have a striking design. A wide range of models from modern to classics is on sale. Stylish kitchens from the manufacturer are characterized by ergonomics, functionality and convenience, which is achieved through the use of high quality components.

To buy custom-made kitchen furniture in Moscow, regions of the Russian Federation and the CIS, or ask a specialist on thematic questions, contact us by phone or via the Internet using the online communication form. Want to see the headsets we make in person? On the official website of Maria kitchens you will find the addresses of our salons. Come, we look forward to your visit.

Dream wardrobe from Elfa! Wardrobe systems in St. Petersburg.

Dressing room – luxury or necessity?

By installing a wardrobe system, you will forever forget about what a mess. Modern mechanisms literally think for you. They will compactly hide all your clothes and, in addition, will give your dressing room a stylish touch. You can also change the design of the system at any time by adding or removing a certain detail, while the wardrobe prices will remain the same.
The dressing room is universal. It is suitable for storing casual wear or seasonal wear, and you can easily
put the whole family’s clothes in it.Elfa is a universal mechanism that will suit everyone. Swedish dressing rooms are a sign
long-term quality. You can determine the prices for the dressing room yourself, the system can be easily supplemented with new details for future growth.

Modern wardrobe systems Elfa

Organized space is the key to order. Modern wardrobe systems allow you to quickly organize the space and you will find a place for all your things. The wardrobe can be made open by adding a curtain, or you can order a wardrobe and sliding doors with Elfa filling.Our customers have seen more than once that modern Elfa wardrobes are the right choice!

Swedish storage system Elfa

The advantage of Swedish storage systems is that they combine reliability and European quality, environmental friendliness of materials and unlimited possibilities for designing individual layouts. Elfa’s smart wardrobe will decorate your home, keep your belongings safe and save time and money.

Wardrobe systems for every home!

The versatility of the Elfa storage system is that everyone can find solutions for themselves by design and budget.If you are wondering how you can organize a large or small space for storing things – the consultants of our salons are waiting for you! You can get a free 3D project and watch the showroom to feel the convenience of Elfa systems in action.

Modern clothing storage systems

We are confident that the best storage system for clothes is Elfa!

Advantages of Elfa products:

  • European quality
  • environmentally friendly and safe materials
  • style and usability
  • every detail of the design is thought out
  • fits all

Our consultants will be happy to help you choose the best version of the system, taking into account all your wishes for wardrobe prices.The Elfa storage system won’t let you down. It will organically fit into any interior and can always be supplemented. Organize your space right with Elfa!
In any of our salons you can make a free 3D project of your Elfa clothing storage system or order it online
on our website, specifying all the necessary parameters.
Choosing a storage system for clothes from Elfa, you can be confident in quality. We give a 10-year guarantee! You have nothing to worry about.

Swedish wardrobe systems – reliability and quality!

Elfa is not just a trendy name.This is a 70-year history of product development and improvement. It all started with the familiar wire dish dryer. Constantly studying the needs of its customers, Elfa now offers a universal storage system for everyone. Functional and simple solutions are combined with consistent material quality. Swedish wardrobe systems are the choice of buyers in 40 countries of the world.

The best wardrobe systems in St. Petersburg!

Everyone is used to thinking that dressing rooms are located only in large multi-storey buildings or in multi-level apartments.But in practice this is not at all the case. Now they are used even in the most modest apartments, since wardrobe prices are affordable for everyone. In fact, a small room of 2-3 squares saves space for all 20-30 square meters. Thanks to the dressing room, you can compactly and usefully manage your space.

Whether it’s a walk-in closet, kitchen, pantry, office or garage – Elfa comes to the rescue! The Elfa system is easily adaptable to any customer’s needs. We are confident that we can help you arrange any space.Elfa systems are made of quality materials, we give a 10-year guarantee! Here you can do everything on a turnkey basis – measurement, design, installation. Come and see that Elfa is the best wardrobe systems in St. Petersburg.

Swedish Seraphim, Review and Assembly of Fractal Design Define R4 | Housings | Reviews

Good day, dear visitors and regular readers of our Club of Experts, we offer you an overview of the magnificent case from the Swedish company Fractal Design.Define R4 in pearl black. So, actually, let’s move on to the review.

Actually, there is nothing to say about the latter, since we got the case from the window, this is the policy of the store, the goods are piece and quite expensive, there is nowhere to store the boxes. As for the case itself, we have before us a medium-sized tower, MidTower format, with physical dimensions of 525×450 and an ascetic design.

The body is completely painted black, does not have any drawings or stampings.The only thing that catches the eye is the presence of a rare guest in modern buildings, namely the hinged door on the front side. Let us dwell on the latter in more detail. To open it, a recess is provided in the door, it opens easily, it closes even more easily. Holds securely, no backlashes.

Actually behind it are hidden 5.25 “external compartments, there are two of them. Unfortunately, 3.5” external compartments are not provided, so special adapters are required to install them, these are not provided in the kit, but let’s not talk about the sad.Also hidden behind the door is a front dust filter, covered with a protective mesh, on two latches, to remove it, you need to press on the stamped images in the upper part.

Well, and lastly, the lever switch of the built-in fan speed controller is hidden there, in the common people of the reobass. The turns are regulated only by voltage, there are 3 connectors, there are also three adjustment positions: 5V (minimum speed), 7V (medium speed) and 12V (maximum speed).

Inspection from the top, side and front is complete, now we turn to the bottom overview. And there really is something to look at – the first thing that catches your eye is a full-size removable dust filter in the entire bottom.

Beneath it there are ventilation openings for the power supply and a seat for another fan, standard sizes are 120×120, 135×135 and full-profile 140×140. It is also worth noting the presence of large and powerful legs, with anti-vibration pads, this case slides well enough on a smooth surface, which is rather a plus, since the case is very heavy.No joke, 12 kg of pure mass without iron. The design is stable, no drops and backlashes were noticed.

The key feature of this case, aimed at lovers of silence and high performance, deserves a special word. This is a complete soundproofing of the case, presented in the form of two sheets of dense vibroplast on the sidewalls, as well as a layer of sound-absorbing material on the front panel. Also, this material is visible on the inserts that cover additional seats for fans.

I will immediately answer a possible question – where to get the air from the front fans, if the muzzle is tightly clogged with a door and a noise. The answer is: there is a through perforation along the sidewall of the case to the full height.

Well, the lower fan suffices its 1.5 centimeters in height, provided by high legs. This completes the external inspection, we proceed to the assembly and description of the features of the interior decoration of the case.

And there really is something to say.Even when space is limited, Swedish engineers work wonders. There is more space than in the mid-budget Fulltower, everything is beautiful, high-quality painted, all the holes for cable management have rubber flaps. Huge number of slots for hard drives and SSDs, cross-shaped baskets. The latter are already available in two pieces. More details about the latter.

HDD mounting:

And so the baskets for drives, as it was said – we have 2 of them, both in the form of a box with a sled.One of the baskets is removable. It is removed quite primitively and without problems. Just unscrew the two thumb screws and voila.

Now about the skids, the latter are made in a standard form familiar to users from many cases, and to the author personally from his old friend XPREDATOR, manufactured by AeroCool.

Using these adapters, you can install both SSD 2.5 “and 3.5” classic HDD, according to the quantity available: 5 pieces in the upper basket and 3 in the lower one.And there are also 2 x 5.25 “bays, for a total of up to 10 units of drives in a standard MidTower !! Vibration spacers are provided for mounting the HDD, there are no such things for SSDs, otherwise it is not critical, since there is nothing to vibrate in the latter.

I doubt that someone will strongly want to make such a storage for themselves at home, for such purposes they already prefer cooler toys, like remote NAS, and the clatter of this case will break through any layer of noise insulation. Therefore, the upper basket can be removed as unnecessary. Why remove the basket, you ask? Everything is very simple.Firstly, it will facilitate access to the motherboard connectors, and secondly, it will increase the maximum possible length of the installed video adapter. With the basket, this distance is 315 mm, without it it reaches an impressive 430 mm.

It is also worth noting that in the presence of limited space in height, there is free access above the motherboard, for hidden laying of the CPU power cable, for which special thanks to the Swedish engineers.

A separate word about fasteners:

The latter is packed in a separate cardboard box, with a printed image of the available number of different screws and racks.Each separate species is in a separate plastic bag, so mixing and confusing this case will be a separate problem.

An adapter is provided for fastening the racks, so they can be screwed in either by hand or with a screwdriver. The rest of the assembly is standard, as for other computers. We put the cooler on the processor, screw in the racks for the required size of the motherboard and put the mat. payment to the place. We put the power supply unit, pull the necessary wires, pull together and connect.

About cable management:

It is a pleasure to assemble in premium segment enclosures, a large number of wide flaps, hinges, as well as a huge space behind the side wall, about 25 mm, so you don’t have to bother too much about pulling wires from the back of the PC, even taking into account the vibroplast sheet on the sidewall – everything closes simply and reliably.

Cooling system:

It is presented in the form of two fans of standard sizes 140×140 and 120×120. According to experts from Fractal Design, this is enough for a purge. The fans are marked: FD-FAN-SSR2-140-1000RPM, from which it follows that even at 12V voltage, they will not spin higher than 1000 ± 50 revolutions.

Unfortunately I did not write down the marking of the second, but in appearance it is identical to the first. For the author of the review, the fans are very similar to the other manufacturer Arctic Cooling, the same many blades made of white plastic, the same high efficiency, not the very top level, but considering their price and noise emissions, they are definitely worthy of attention.

For those who like to make a helicopter out of any body, there are seats for up to 7 fans, including two on the front side, one on the rear, one on the bottom, two on the top, and one on the sidewall. In any case, the order was to make the most efficient machine according to the formula: silence / productivity and this task was completed with the help of this beast, the only thing was added another 120×120 Zalman ZMF-3SF fan to the lower part.

In this review, the key features of the case were described, some drawbacks were noted, as well as a huge number of advantages.The final view looked like this:

Disclaimer: “ There was no time for full testing, so you have to do with theoretical data only

Conclusion: This is an excellent representative of a truly royal case, excellent workmanship, low noise level, excellent thoughtfulness of the interior space, maximum assembly efficiency, excellent cable management, highly efficient pre-installed fans and of course sound insulation.

Pros:

• Excellent appearance

• High-quality cable management

• Ability to install up to 8 3.5 “drives and 2 5.25” devices

• Excellent dust protection

• Highly efficient pre-installed fans

• Removable basket for HDD

• Noise and vibration isolation of the case

• Built-in fan speed controller

• Internal USB3 cable

Cons:

• No external 3.5 “compartments, and adapters

• Screw fixing 5.25″ devices

Author’s opinion: chic case, really very easy to assemble, very quiet, does not vibrate, very heavy, excellently made both externally and internally.

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