West Sweden is known for its gorgeous natural beauty and the fresh, organic food that comes from this unspoiled environment. But you may be surprised to know that the region is also a haven for design and fashion . Well, with all that open space, fresh air and stunning views, it’s only natural that whole generations of designers and makers are easily inspired. But in general, Swedish people place great emphasis on the arts, handicraft and a culture of making, so it’s no wonder that out in the archipelagos of West Sweden, combined with that inspired thinking, there exists some innovative fashion and design businesses.
Q4 Design and Retro
Q4 is an innovative store that curates the very best in Scandinavian design, both old collectables from the 1950s upwards to brand new items. Their showroom is in Dalsjöfors and they welcome guests to view the products and talk to friendly staff who will tell you all you need to know about everything you see in the shop. www.q4.nu
Love Swedish fashion? Well here’s a quirky little business run out of Gothenburg, allowing visitors to travel light. Klädoteket rents high-fashion Swedish designer clothing and accessories so you can look the part when you visit the city. www.kladoteket.se
Almedahls Factory Outlet
Almedahls was founded in Gothenburg in 1846 and started out with the production of linen and damast, loved by Swedes and Scandi-philes. For over 170 years, the company are constantly developing new concepts and collections with some of Scandinavia’s leading designers. They have a factory outlet in Dalsjöfors, where bargain hunters will find furnishing fabrics and curtains, with lots of other classic home decor pieces. www.almedahls.se
tin-tin® is the brainchild of Tintin Hallding, an industrial designer and jeweller. In her studio in the archipelago on the Swedish west coast, she creates jewellery in gold and silver with clean and simple shapes and high precision locks, joints and surfaces. The materials are mainly sterling silver and 18 carat gold combined with precious and semi-precious stones, but she also inserts textile, rubber and other materials to her work from time to time. Visitors are welcome to the studio on Dyrön the year round.