Hit the streets

Stock­holm has great mu­se­ums and groovy shops galore, re­ports Leonie Coombes

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be­longed to this older gen­er­a­tion was al­ready fa­mous for fine styling and the tra­di­tion con­tin­ues.

A chain of stores called De­sign Tor­get, filled with un­usual and of­ten amus­ing items for the home, is well worth vis­it­ing. Among the range we spy a shelf of white, pic­nic-style plas­tic cups, crum­pled as though dis­carded (wit lies in their fab­ric: they are ce­ramic).

The Madonna-shaped toast mould en­sures a vi­sion of the Vir­gin Mary to start each day. Prac­ti­cal items at De­sign Tor­get, from pedal bins to clothes racks, rep­re­sent a fresh con­ver­gence of form and func­tion.

To fully ap­pre­ci­ate mod­ern Swedish de­sign it is in­struc­tive to study some fail­ures. The Vasa Mu­seum, close to Skansen, is a good place to start, be­cause the ar­chi­tec­ture works so well, yet the main dis­play does not.

Vasa is a mas­sive 16th-cen­tury oak war­ship that was launched in the pres­ence of royalty, pro­gressed 1km, hit a squall, listed badly and

Pic­ture: Lonely Planet

Liv­ing mu­seum: Gamla Stan, the beau­ti­fully pre­served me­dieval birth­place of Stock­holm

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