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STYLE
Stutterheim Outerwear
Back in 2012 CH spoke with Alexander Stutterheim in his small boutique in Södermalm’s SoFo district in Stockholm and discussed his small, yet already well-formed, brand bearing his own name: Stutterheim. At the time, his range of raincoats numbered...
DESIGN
TID Watches: No.2
This summer, Swedish watch brand TID releases its new timepiece, evolving its already successful design with some sweet new twists. Formed by Ola E. Bernestål, Petrus Palmér and design studio Form Us With Love, TID’s entry to the world of watches...
FOOD-DRINK
Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break
Sweden consistently ranks near the top in coffee consumption per capita and that's largely thanks to (along with long hours of darkness in the winter) the fika: a once or twice-daily coffee break with a snack that's something of a cultural institution...
DESIGN
Bookman Curve Front Bike Light
Founded by a group of friends drawn together by a pure passion for cycling, Stockholm-based Bookman has become a key player in the bike accessories market since their first products hit shelves three years ago. From sleek, utility-focused USB-rechargeable...
CULTURE
SHARE: Not Your Average Art Book
Since their launch last year, Scandinavian indie publisher New Heroes & Pioneers have been busy dreaming up not-your-typical art books—and their latest title is certainly one that won't be collecting dust on your coffee table or bookshelf. Staying...
DESIGN
Test Drive: The All-New 2016 Volvo XC90
An hour outside of Barcelona in a sleepy seaside town that only sees action a few months of the year sits the culmination of an $11 billion dollar investment. Volvo's 2016 XC90 is the product of not just the global investment that came from Chinese...
DESIGN
Nudie Jeans + Swedese: Lamino
Bridging the gap between the industrial and the handcrafted is one of the major elements of Scandinavian design. Coupled with an insistence on functional minimalism and textured natural materials, the special edition collaboration Lamino chair from...
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ListenUp
Stevie Wonder: Happy Birthday Introduced by American Congressman John Conyers in 1968, it wasn't until 1986 that the third Monday of every January would come to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. The ridiculously long process for passing...
STYLE
MYR Studio's "Rain Series" Accessories
Most people would rather stay inside on a gloomy gray day; Swedish designer Johanna Landin, on the other hand, found her brilliant idea in the middle of a drizzle. Observing the patterns that rain makes as it falls on concrete, Landin discovered...
CULTURE
José González: Leaf Off / The Cave
José González's heartfelt brand of indie acoustic music has captivated audiences the world over since his cover of The Knife's "Heartbeats" was released in 2003. The Gothenburg, Sweden-based artist is now on the cusp of releasing his first solo full...
STYLE
Cheapo Watches
With 2015 in full swing, many around the globe are already finding their New Year's resolutions easier said than done. For those looking to be more punctual, and more sensible with their spending this time around, Sweden's Cheapo watches offers countless...
FOOD-DRINK
Det Lilla Köksbryggeriet: The Little Kitchen Brewery
Craft beers are well and truly taking over the bar scene in the US and Europe, as an ever-growing number of microbreweries continue to educate and delight people with unusual lagers, ales and porters. But for the true beer connoisseur, it might be...
DESIGN
Volvo's Vision 2020: The Road to Safety
Automakers face countless challenges when setting the goals they want their cars to achieve. Balancing interests between emissions, power, luxury, style and safety all weigh heavy in the minds of decision-makers. While some brands have a reputation...
DESIGN
A World First in Safety: AstaZero
Sweden is home to a rich design history where the principle that form follows function is felt in everything from fashion to public transportation. A key focus of the Swedish auto industry—spearheaded by Volvo—and indeed the country as a whole, is...
STYLE
Discover New Designers at Tictail's Holiday Pop-Up
For most well-meaning shoppers, finding the right gift is a challenge—let alone chancing upon something that's truly unique. Sourcing products from independent designers and brands around the world, Stockholm-based web commerce platform Tictail opened...
STYLE
Westerlind: Online Shopping for the Outdoors
Since 2007, Swedish entrepreneur and outdoor enthusiast Andrea Westerlind has been seeking out the most effective, timeless wilderness gear from all corners of the globe. A third generation member of a Swedish fashion house, Westerlind began working...
DESIGN
Form Us With Love for IKEA
Stockholm's Form Us With Love—while being one of the most established of design companies in the Scandinavian design landscape—is still very young compared to its peers, being founded in 2005. Yet its reputation as one of the most reliably creative...
DESIGN
Oppermann's Newest Surfaces Collection
Oppermann was founded in 2012 by brothers Mattis and Niklas Opperman, both young upstarts at just 25 and 26 respectively. Opting to completely cut out the conventional distribution and physical outlet model of the fashion world, the leather goods...
DESIGN
LELO's Luna Smart Bead Pelvic Workout
Sweden's sex toy design company LELO has built a reputation for two things: well-designed, intelligent adult toys and accumulating valuable data on how people prefer pleasure. Their latest offering, the Luna Smart Bead blends both of those pillars...
DESIGN
Carhartt WIP + Polar Skate Co.
Increasingly, skateboarding is no longer defined by the palm trees and 70-degree weather of sunny Southern California. The contemporary skateboarding narrative is becoming more and more defined outside of the Golden State, especially in NYC, London...
TRAVEL
Stay Dry Head-to-Toe with Didriksons Rain Set
If spending some time in the outdoors is in your travel plans, rain gear is essential. Without overwhelming your pack, the Rain Set (available in multiple colors for men, women and kids) from Didriksons is the ticket to lasting dryness and comfort...
TRAVEL
Tentipi Shelters
A basic need like shelter is often best met by a simple design. Enter the nordic vibes of Tentipi, a Swedish tent company inspired by the nomadic, indigenous Sámi people's katas—structures that can withstand the worst weather the Arctic can muster...
CULTURE
New York på Dalsländska Exhibition
As a designer, John-Michael Ekeblad has long been interested in repurposing and recycling materials from the deteriorating urban landscape. Whether in his native Sweden or adopted home of NYC, Ekeblad finds nostalgia in such rubble, yearning to connect...
DESIGN
The Last Spruce Tannery: Sweden's Böle
Despite a recent resurgence in craftsmanship, some of the old methods are simply dying out. Tanning leather is among the oldest crafts, with the first evidence of the profession dating back several thousand years. Today, the traditional European...
CULTURE
Photographer Arvida Byström on Selfies and Gender Identity
Two years ago, Swedish artist Arvida Byström grew tired of the lack of jobs and places to live in her native Stockholm and left for London. Since then, she’s put on shows at her own gallery Gal in Limehouse, East London, and worked on a number...
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