For all of you who are design buffs Stockholm is the place to visit this summer. The wonderful art museum Liljevalchs is filled with interior design from different periods of the 20th century. Visitors will encounter some of the all time greats of the art of interior design but not as we are accustomed to seeing them.
The three art profiles Karin Södergren, Cilla Ramnek and Anna Kvint have in collaboration with the museums CEO Mårten Castenfors designed 12 magnificent ”rooms” with furniture and artifacts from Swedish as well as international designers.
The Salon is taken over by Elsie de Wolfe’s glamorous American 1920s and 1930s and Syrie Maugham’s British white elegance.
The girls told me that they have been scavenging interesting design for ages – most of the furniture is borrowed from private collectors and antiques traders. A lot of the artifacts were bought at various auctions and flea markets. Fact is, when the exhibition is over Liljevalchs will auction out many of the items.
The exhibition presents original objects by some of the icons of design and settings that show an affinity with them in a rather free manner. Time, space, materials and functions have been mixed according to the principle of delight and each room of the art gallery has its main inspirers.
Home Sweet Home shows that styles and ideals are not necessarily dependent on money but that the icons and classics of design can serve as an inspiration for our own creativity and recycling of objects. The world doesn’t need a new design lemon squeezer; what it needs is care and consideration for the objects and contexts that already exist in our homes and reflections on what we can do ourselves.
So get on the tram and have a wonderful experience, I sure did! 🙂