We’re shop­ping for pretty pas­tels, dis­cov­er­ing Swedish de­sign gems and cov­et­ing old-fash­ioned fab­rics.


Pretty pas­tels


Can a gi­ant golden egg keep a com­mu­nity to­gether? Swedish artist duo Bigert & Bergström think so. Decades of iron ore min­ing caused so much dam­age to Kiruna, Swe­den’s north­ern­most town, that the en­tire pop­u­la­tion was forced to re­lo­cate sev­eral kilo­me­tres to the east. To bol­ster com­mu­nity spirit, the town re­ceived a golden, egg-shaped sauna. ‘When we were asked to in­ter­pret Kiruna, we felt it nat­u­ral to ex­plore a space that unites and en­cour­ages con­ver­sa­tion,’ says Bigert. ‘Saunas are sacro­sanct… you can dis­cuss all man­ner of things.’ Made of 69 gold-plated stain­less-steel sheets, the So­lar Egg has draw­bridge stairs that can be low­ered into the snow, and the tiered seat­ing in­side has room for up to eight peo­ple. The tem­per­a­ture in the egg varies be­tween 75 and 85 de­grees Cel­sius – a wel­come re­prieve from the frosty La­p­land land­scape, 145km north of the Arc­tic Cir­cle.

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