Scandinavian Design ~ Stockholm to Copenhagen
June 2019 (11 days)
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Scandinavia is renowned for its distinctive design, high quality craftsmanship and progressive societies. It is an important destination for lovers of design and crafts, both traditional and contemporary.
After spending three months in Scandinavia researching craft and design, we’ve devised a trip taking in highlights from design capitals Stockholm and Copenhagen, and select destinations within the Swedish forests.
This trip includes 3 nights in beautiful Stockholm, 4 nights in the spectacular Swedish countryside and 3 nights in superb Copenhagen.
A small group tour, this trip includes visits to iconic art, craft and design destinations, floor talks at key showrooms, a 2.5 day hands-on craft workshop, plus studio visits and guided walking tours with local designers and craftspeople.
Check in to our Stockholm hotel then join us for an aperitif followed by a casual dinner. While in Stockholm we’ll be staying at centrally located hotel Scandic Continental.
Our first morning is devoted to visiting Stockholm’s most established design district, including visits and floor talks at iconic design stores Svenst Tenn, Carl Malmsten, Asplund, Modernity and Norrgavel. These design stores showcase the history and contemporary directions of modern Swedish design and interiors.
We finish the morning with lunch at a small local bar opposite Marimekko. The afternoon is self-guided, where everyone is free to go at their own pace and choose which recommendations they would like to visit from our customised itineraries and maps.
Stockholm is home to several museums of art and design, and on the morning of Day 3 we visit the recently renovated Nationalmuseum, Moderna Museet and ArkDes.
The Nationalmuseum collections comprise art from 1500-1900 and applied arts and design from the early Middle Ages to present day. Moderna Museet and ArkDes are independent museums of contemporary art and architecture located in a single complex on Skeppsholmen island.
Following lunch at one of the museum cafes, we’ll take a ferry to Slussen to begin our self-guided exploration of Sodermalm, the hip southern district of Stockholm.
Sodermalm has a relaxed and creative atmosphere, with an eclectic mix of cafes, vintage and design stores, galleries and boutiques. A great place to wander at your own pace, we’ll give you our recommended itineraries and maps, and help you get your bearings around Hornsgatan, Mariatorget and SOFO.
Contemporary Scandinavian design encompassing interiors, furniture, ceramics, glass, wood, textiles and metalwork, is founded in highly refined traditional craftsmanship. Much of the production of Sweden’s beautiful design products takes place in workshops located in the vast Swedish forests.
Handmade glass is designed and executed to an extremely high level in Scandinavia and the forests of Sweden have been the backdrop to world-class glass workshops since the 1740s.
On the morning of Day 4 we depart Stockholm by train, then take a private minibus through the forests to the small town of Kosta, one of Sweden’s main centres for glass. After checking in at our cabins at Kosta Lodge, we meet master glassblower and teacher Lars Andersson.
Lars has been working in glass for over 35 years and has customised a 2.5 day hands-on glass workshop for us. The afternoon is devoted to an introductory session with Lars.
Days 5 & 6
Days 5 & 6 consist of 2 full days of glass workshops including a guided visit of Kosta glassworks factory and gallery with Lars.
Glass seen in high-end design and department stores in Stockholm, Copenhagen and around the world is made by hand in these workshops. Observing this exceptional work by master craftspeople on the factory floor is a great privilege.
We depart Kosta by private minibus driving to the town of Almhult, the home of the original IKEA store, now a museum. IKEA is an important part of Sweden’s 20th century design culture and history. The IKEA museum includes an exhibition outlining 19th and 20th century social contexts that preceded IKEA’s development in the 1940s. There are also exhibitions on the history of the business, development of the democratic design philosophy, and personal story of the salesman behind the brand, Ingvar Kamprad of Elmtaryd farm, Almult. A visit to the museum is an enlightening and informative experience.
Following lunch at the IKEA museum restaurant, we drive 40 minutes to the stunning Wanås Estate.
Wanås is an internationally acclaimed sculpture park, modern organic farm and 15th century castle set in a beautiful beech forest. The 18th century farm buildings of the estate house a superb boutique hotel, a Nordic farm to table restaurant, and art exhibitions. The permanent sculpture collection includes more than 70 site-specific works by artists from all over the world.
Following checkin at Wanås Hotel, everyone is free to wander the sculpture park and exhibitions at their leisure, before getting together for an aperitif in the hotel lounge followed by dinner at Wanås Restaurant.
Following breakfast and a last chance to walk around Wanås, we depart by private minibus driving to Hasselholm, where we take a train crossing the Oresund Bridge to Denmark. We arrive in Copenhagen early afternoon and checkin at Axel Guldsmeden Hotel in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro district. The afternoon is spent getting to know the local area before enjoying dinner in the hotel restaurant.
For our first morning in CPH we take a local bus to the city centre to visit Copenhagen’s up and coming design stores and established design institutions including Illums Bolighus, Georg Jensen, Louis Poulsen, Hay and Stilleben.
Following lunch spend the afternoon exploring recommended highlights from our self-guided itineraries and maps, including a floral artist’s studio, a stunning sculpture museum and our favourite stores in CPH.
End the day with a private studio visit and aperitif at Viktoria Ceramic Studio around the corner from our hotel. Viktoria is the small group studio of some of Denmark’s leading ceramic artists, many of whom work between Copenhagen and the island of Bornholm.
Our second day in CPH starts with an architecture and design walk with our local guide Kristoffer. We end the walk at the Design Museum where we’ll enjoy lunch at the museum’s café.
During the afternoon spend more time in the Design Museum, visit the beautiful furniture showroom Skagerak, the royal palace Amalienborg, or take a scenic walk around Nyhavn and Christianshavn harbour. We’ll end the day with a fabulous dinner at a local CPH restaurant.
- Transportation by trains, ferries and private minibuses
- Hotel accommodation in Stockholm, Wanås Estate and Copenhagen
- Self-contained cabin accommodation in Kosta during the workshop
- 2.5 day glass workshop, including all materials, factory and gallery visits
- Entry to all museums, private studios and ateliers
- Private guided tours and walks
- Meals (10 breakfasts, light refreshments, 7 lunches, 5 dinners)
- Flights to Stockholm and from Copenhagen
- Airport and train station transfers – while we can assist, requirements will vary for individuals and as such they are not included
- Travel insurance
US$5480 (twin share)