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Christmas shopping guide: Swedish design online

Charlotte West · 22 Dec 2009, 11:30

Published: 22 Dec 2009 11:30 GMT+01:00

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Design House Stockholm


High-end Swedish design, both new and classic, including favourites such as Form Us With Love's Cord Lamp.



Launched in December, Urbanears is a new headphone brand to come out of Sweden. In collaboration with Zound Industries, Stockholm industrial design firm Norra Norr is responsible for the design and development of these snazzy cans, which come in three models and 14 colours. Each of these unisex, minimalistic headphones comes stock with microphone and remote compatible with a range of mobile devices, including Nokia, Iphone and Blackberry. Available for sale online at Karmaloop.

Gallerie Pascale


One of Stockholm's two main design galleries, Pascale's webshop offers jewelry, graphics and housewares by Swedish designers such as Claesson Koivisto Rune, Alexander Lervik and Lotta Kühlhorn.



Although Stockholm's other design gallery doesn't have its own online shop, it will be providing a way to rid yourself of unwanted Christmas gifts. Stop by on January 9th for Designgalleriet's “Christmas Swopping” event to exchange that crockpot for something you might really use. Leftover items will be donated to the Salvation Army (Stadsmissionen).



Fuldesign, which means “Ugly design”, is a Stockholm-based studio claiming 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 (with witticisms like “If you don't remember it, it didn't happen”) 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 ugly monster.

Juniform (In Swedish only)


The latest Swedish design and fashion online. Selected products from well-established and up-and-coming 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


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. Products include posters, books, stationery, interior decor, kitchen wares, games and kids toys.



One-stop shopping for all of the Swedish design you could ask for. The navigation at least is translated into English. The website offers a selection of the full collection available in Designtorget's stores in major Swedish cities.

Signerat (In Swedish only)


An excellent online store that provides an outlet for no less than 207 independent Swedish designers. The site is similar to Brooklyn-based Etsy (www.etsy.com) in the US, which bills itself as an “online marketplace for buying & selling all things handmade”.

Kuji-goji Design


For the house-hunting expat. Although he's since moved back to his native country, Japanese graphic designer Masaaki Oyamada temporarily settled in Stockholm last year, and made this t-shirt to assist him in his navigation of the Swedish sublet market.


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That’s right, adorable 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.



Street-smart stocking stuffers in the form of limited edition lighting, posters, prints and tees from graphic design duo Dizel&Sate.



Subscriptions to the “world's first wearable magazine”. 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.

Charlotte West (news@thelocal.se)

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18:51 December 22, 2009 by Doogie
I happened to notice a limited selection of the Urbanears headphones at Clas Ohlson of all places. Might be worth a quick pop in and a question if you need a last-minute.
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