Lucky me, look what recently opened across the street where I live. Yes the one and only liquorice store in town (Gothenburg) “Sjutton kvadratmeter lakrits“. I’m chewing them black salt sweets all day long now. I guess that my dentist will not be super thrilled at my next visit, on the other hand the last time I had cavities must have been at least 25 years ago.
Ok, some of what you can buy here: liquorice tea, liquorice bread, liquorice pasta, liquorice pralines, liquorice perfume and after shave, liquorice pastilles, salt liquorice, sweet liquorice, long rods of liquorice, short rods of liquorice, hard liquorice, soft liquorice, organic liquorice, liquorice juice. You hear, well worth a visit if you are a liquorice lover, or just curious.
Plantagegatan 13 in Gothenburg/Sweden, that is where you want to go.
Back in the city. Today I had the opportunity to hang out with an old classmate of mine, Staffan Holm. Staffan work with interior architecture, industrial design and furniture design. So much knowledge in that man. Wish I had the tiniest bit of his knowledge of materials and craft skills.
I literally hung around him like a fly (hope I was not too annoying) today when we cruised around Gothenburg city to check out an ongoing restaurant project of his and a completed one (scrool down). We also took a trip to his magnificent studio, which he share with another star designer Daniel Rybakken.
Staffan keep on winning prizes for his work, the latest one was the prestigious award Bruno Mathson prize for 2013. The Spin stool (above) for Swedese was awarded with “Furniture of the Year” in 2011 by Swedish design magazine Sköna Hem. Personally would like to award Staffan for the Gym hooks for Danish Hay, which are not only good looking but brilliant, in several ways.
Fratelli Gridelli (below) is a cozy new restaurant in Gothenburg with tasty food, quality goods directly imported from Italy, an owner who write down orders on an, according to him, extra culinary olive oil AND interior architecture by Staffan Holm.
The interior was a challenge for Staffan really since the square meters are few. Smart storage shelves in oak, mirror steel, marble, glass and well thought-out details made it all complete. Impressing. The restaurant’s Tiramisu as well.
Unfortunately I did not manage to take any good overview photos of the interior. You’ll have to go there your self, it’s worth it – Fratelli Gridelli, Tegnérsgatan 26 Göteborg.
“On Thursdays and the last Saturday of every month (or whenever she’s there)” you can visit designer Ann-Loise Landelius’ shop here in Linnestaden in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The most stylish of my friends have them – Ann-Louise Landelius’s bags. Ann-Louise’s (or A.L.L. as in the brand name) bags are associated with quality and style. Even if I don’t have a trained eye for sofisticated bags I feel an instant attraction to these good looking ones. The heavy zips, the soft leather, the hooks and the chains…
When I visited Ann-Louise’s shop a couple of days ago it hit me (again), what a bunch of talantes we have in this little big city. In Ann-Loise’s shop you will not only find her own design, but a range of other great, handpicked items. Like the amazing Hilda Hellström‘s work (blogged here).
Read more about Ann-Louise here. And check out her bags, accessories and interior products in her webshop here.
(The hand texted letters in top pic is made by another Gothenburg talante Sara Sandström).
From one thing to another. This post is about an event that takes part here in Västra Götaland goes Milano goes Röhsska, 14–19 of 2013. Participating among others is Staffan Holm (my former class mate) awarded one of Scandinavia’s most prestigious prize for designers – the 2013 Bruno Mathsson prize. Very well-deserved.
Above Staffan Holm‘s Gym Hook, produced by Hay. Below, information in Swedish.
TIPS: Under fyra dagar, 14–19 maj 2013 har du chans att kika på den senaste designen från Västra Götaland som nyligen presenterats på möbelmässan i Milano, här i Göteborg på Röhsska museet.
Tretton formgivare samt studenter från HDK Stenebys möbeldesignprogram visar produkter och prototyper direkt från Milano. Det blir även en pop-up utställning och andra kringarrangemang. Anders Englund från Offecct kommer t.ex. att dela med sig av erfarenheter kring design på export. Sigrid Strömgren, Sami Kallio och Markus Johansson berättar om varför de valde att ställa ut i Milano, man kan delta i en workshop med formgivartrion Design stories, lyssna på trendspanaren Stefan Nilsson och en hel del annat.
Below, chair by Sami Kallio.
En annan bra grej som du ska passa på att göra om du är formgivare – Moderföreningen Svensk Form ger dig möjlighet att lägga upp din profil på den internationella siten SwedishDesign.org gratis under dessa dagar. Maila mig (se “contact” ovan till vänster) eller SwedishDesign.org om ni vill info om hur ni nyttjar detta erbjudande.
Gothenburg is a nice town. Actually, I had only been visiting twice before I moved here 1991–92. Once on a school trip in sixth grade, and once on a school trip in high school. Gothenburg is a big small town. With a lot of creativity, and a lot of nice people.
People like the ever clever Lotta at Drömma, Lisa with the beautiful dresses Up The Wooden Hills, my dear friend Carina who makes the cute Bibs, Pia who runs the excellent shop Once upon a time, Klara Bothén with the gorgeous mittens of course and many more.
Photos from today’s vintage- and design market at Drömma‘s backyard. Above, Scallops print by Klara Bothén.
There will be a vintage- and design market here in Gothenburg today at Drömma’s backyard – Up The Wooden Hills, the new brand Bib and above Anive for the Minors among others. I’m going!
In case you didn’t know, I’ll tell you – Gothenburg has a bunch of great ceramicist. Here some peeps from two galleries that I visit whenever I get the chance Sintra and Lerverk. Above clouds by Anna Lönneborg. Below, work from Kristina Falck.
Above to the left, Anna Lönneborg, right, Maria Kristofersson
Above, Anna Ulin.
A small, cosy café with charming, all second hand interior, a good looking man with blue nail polish, cord tangles on the wall looking like art and a lot of handmade all over. Two Little Birds café in my neighbourhood is the place. And below to the right is my good looking freind Katarina.
Thanks for your comments about Anna’s and mine porcelain. You made us happy!
Worth mentioning again Puplic collectors. Complete publications in PDF form.