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Christmas shopping: Swedish design online

Some of it is sleek, and some of it is just plain weird. Some of it’s pretty, and some of it is just plain ugly…by design. Here’s The Local’s guide to the best of Swedish design online.

Christmas shopping: Swedish design online

Fuldesign

www.fulshop.se

The name says it all. Fuldesign, which means “Ugly design”, is a Stockholm-based studio who claim to be inspired by “everything from German gay porn, Sci Fi and anxiety to old ladies and good music.” Check out their web shop for everything from raunchy embroidery to a pillow pistol. Also visit www.fuldesign.se for free patterns, stencils, naughty robot music and instructions on how to make your very own monster.

Juniform (In Swedish only)

www.juniform.se

Selected products from well-established and new Swedish designers. Here you’ll find everything from gender-neutral children’s clothes, vintage wooden clogs from the 1970s, the latest Odd Molly garments to jewelry, wool socks and pillow cases. Brands include Odd Molly, Swedish hasbeens, Moonkids, Shampoodle, Färg och form, Trots, Lummen, GUPP, KADE, Acne jr, Viveka Zera and Arbeståhl Design.

Moderna Museet

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Like its analogue equivalent, Moderna Museet’s online gift shop is a great place to pick up some unique presents sure to please art lovers and designofiles.

Designtorget

www.designtorget.se

One-stop shopping for all of the Swedish design you could ask for.

Signerat (In Swedish only)

www.signerat.se

An excellent online store that provides an outlet for independent Swedish designers, similar to Brooklyn-based Etsy (www.etsy.com) in the US, which bills itself as an “online marketplace for buying & selling all things handmade”. (If you’re in the US, you’ll even find some Dalahästar lurking around on Etsy). Don’t forget to check out the gifts for the furry ones. Who doesn’t need a cashmere polo for their Chihuahua?

Kuji-goji design

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Japanese graphic design Masaaki Oyamada (www.masaakioyamada.com) has recently made Stockholm his home. Check out his t-shirts for the house-hunting expat (or Swede for that matter). It worked for him!

Kiss&Bajs

www.kissochbajs.com

That’s right, it’s stuffed poo. For potty-training the kids, or freaking out their parents. It gives a whole new meaning to Mr. Hanky the singing, dancing Christmas Poo.

Dizel&Sate

www.dizelsate.com

Street-smart stocking stuffers from graphic design duo Dizel&Sate. Check out their new 2009 t-shirt collection, a spinoff from their Life & Death in Architecture print collection, released earlier this year. Expect geometry, pills and Mickey Mouse allusions.

Your weekend fashion shop (In Swedish only)

www.ywfs.se

Swedish fashion at your fingertips. Brands include Bea Szenfeld, Burfitt, LiseLotte Westerlund, Pimpinette, Rodebjer, Carin Wester, Dagmar, Hope, Ida Sjöstedt and Wyred.

T-post

www.t-post.se

Subscribe to a bi-monthly…t-shirt. Every six weeks, T-post commissions a new t-shirt featuring a bespoke design on the outside, and the latest news on the inside. Read all about it.

IKEA

IKEA’s refugee hut crowned Design of the Year

IKEA’s design for a flatpack refugee hut has won the prestigious Design of the Year award, beating off competitors such as David Bowie’s last album and a robot which can do surgical operations.

IKEA's refugee hut crowned Design of the Year
The IKEA Better Shelter on display in London. Photo: Alastair Grant/AP/TT
”We are incredibly proud to be bringing home both the Beazley Designs of the Year Award for Architecture and this year’s Grand Prize – especially in a year with such intense competition,” Johan Karlsson, the founder and acting Managing Director for Better Shelter said in a press release. 
 
But as he accepted, he admitted he had “mixed emotions”, given a continuing refugee crisis. 
 
“We accept this award with mixed emotions – while we are pleased that this kind of design is honoured, we are aware that it has been developed in response to the humanitarian needs that have arisen as the result of the refugee crisis,” Karlsson said in a press release. 
 
Shortly after the award was given, US president Donald Trump signed an executive order banning refugees from seven Muslim countries, including Syria, from seeking asylum in his country. 
 
Better Shelter, developed in collaboration with the IKEA Foundation and UNHCR, is a flatpack design which can be erected by four adults in four hours, and which can comfortably house a family of five. 
 
While at $1,250, the hut costs twice as much as a standard refugee shelter, but is designed to last for at least three years, and provides a lockable door, stab-proof plastic cladding, and electricity through a solar generator. 
 
More than 16,000 of the huts have already been delivered to Iraq, Djibouti, Niger, Etiopia, Nepal, Greece, Macedonia and Chad.