If you can’t get enough of reading blogs I might have some suggestions for you. If you also happen to have an interest in art and design these tips should be just perfect!
Talented illustrator Camilla Engman shares the world with us from her point of view with a lot of beautiful and playful pictures.
If you are looking for home styling inspiration, Emma Fexeus blog Emmas designblogg, is the one to pay a visit.
Antonia is the girl behind the blog Swedish Love Affair. Her blog is more from an everyday-life in-Sweden perspective but you can definitely tell her passion for fashion and photography by reading the blog.
If you want even more insight into the everyday life in Sweden, why not check out Surviving in Sweden?
And if you want to read more about Swedish design I strongly recommend our new fact sheet on the topic.
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Have a nice weekend!
There is a sad little Stockholm figure sitting just outside of Rosenbad (Prime Minister’s Office and the Government Chancellery in Sweden) right before the bridge leading to Gamla stan (the Old Town) and Riksdagshuset (the Parliament building). The first thought might be to look away but if you dare to rest your eyes on it for a moment you’ll soon realize it’s a sculpture.
Rag and bone with a blanket in Stockholm. Sculpture by Laura Ford.
Photo: Michel Alessandrini, (CC BY NC SA)
Hemlös räv (Homeless fox) is created by artist and sculptor Laura Ford and was bought by Stockholm konst in 2008. To decide where in Stockholm to place the sculpture, a vote organised by Situation Sthlm (a Stockholm-based newspaper which discusses homelessness, sold by homeless people) took place. During three weeks in May 2009, Situation Sthlm’s readers got to vote where to put the sculpture. The result was the street corner where Drottninggatan and Strömgatan meet, right in the vicinity of the most influential circles in Sweden. The little homeless fox sits there, night and day, like a constant reminder that there are still improvements to make in the Swedish welfare society.
Colour by Numbers at Telefonplan, Stockholm.
We don’t have that many hours of daylight in the Winter (the other way around in the summer though), but to compensate we’re the world champions of lightning! If you ever been to a Swedish home you’re very likely to see tealights, candles and number of lamps. And what about outside? Well actually you don’t have to worry about getting lost in the dark, so leave that flashlight at home. Streetlight 24/7 of course, but there are also innovative exceptions. At Telefonplan (“Telephone Square”) in the suburbs of Stockholm, where I live, there’s a creation that not only makes art out of light, but also let you alter it online! Telefonplan has been an innovative area for a long time. The area used to be the main location for one of Sweden’s largest companies Ericsson (widely known for the Sony Ericsson mobile phones). Now you find Konstfack or University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in the former factory premises.
You can actually use your mobile phone to control the lights in a permanent light installation in the tower at Telefonplan. The installation is called Colour by Numbers and is a collaboration between the architect Milo Lavén, the artist Erik Krikortz and the interaction designer Loove Broms. Check out that link and try to alter the tower. Not in Stockholm? For you’re convenience there is also a live cam.
It’s called Don’t Tell Ashton – an initiative by a handful of students at Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm. Our logo is near the top left corner. Man, we are so social media!