Hit the streets
Stockholm has great museums and groovy shops galore, reports Leonie Coombes
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
Living museum: Gamla Stan, the beautifully preserved medieval birthplace of Stockholm