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A few decades ago, all that most people knew about Swedish design was what they saw in the Ikea catalogue. Over the past 20 years, however, a new passion for all things Nordic has taken hold, a Scandi-mania for everything from stylish technical wear to literature and TV, and, most of all, for interior design – with its pared-back cosiness, low lighting and quality artisan furniture.
Yet design-lovers visiting Sweden will soon discover that when it comes to buildings, it’s not just what’s on the inside that counts. The country has an incredible variety of architecture to get excited about, whether you’re into brutalism, postmodernism or simply long to find an idyllic little cabin in the wild.
The decorated farmhouses of Hälsingland; folk dancing in the open-air Skansen museum helps to contextualise the architecture; a traditional windmill at Skansen