Museum of fashion, design & applied arts.

Also known as Röhsska Museum-

Like millions of kids, I’ve known IKEA since my first recalls. Being able to locate Sweden on a map came after. But “Scandinavian Design” is actually much more than IKEA and minimalist white objects.

To have a broader perspective, I visited Röhsska Museum today – hiding myself from the dozens of blue-and-white footballs fans singing in the streets!
(Pssss: Note that there is no entrance fee for everyone under 25! Christmas everyday!)

- Falk Simon’s Silver Collection.
– Falk Simon’s Silver Collection.
- Falk Simon’s Silver Collection
– Falk Simon’s Silver Collection

 Falk Simon’s Silver Collection.

On the last floor (where your visit surprisingly start!), you can admire  objects from European Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo.
Pay attention to the scenography : it mades a point to alive these silver and gold objects by playing on the shadows they softly project on the walls.

- Röhsska Museum
– In the yellow room (1800-1900)
- Detail of the Purple Room
– In the purple room (1900-1920)

Then, downstairs, you will find the exhibition about Design History

The principle is simple: one room, one color, one period. Each colored room gives you an overview of a specific time, by presenting key examples of furniture and ceramics but also textile, poster, and even technological items.

- The green room (1920-1960)
– In the green room (1920-1960)…
- The orange room (1960-1980)
… and in the orange one  (1960-1980)

A brief take-away of what I’ve learn:

1. The “Empire Style” is called “Karl Johan Style” in Sweden
2. Art Nouveau / Jugend was more restrained in Sweden, because the National Romantic style was emerging there.
3. The Stockholm Exhibition from 1930 was the time of swedish functionalism’s breakthrough.
4. “Scandinavian Design” term was first used in the 1950s, refering to the search for elegance and functionality in everyday objects.

WHY YOU SHOULD GO: This museum is perfect for those who do not want to get lost in the midst of over-abundant objects in never-ending rooms, without understanding what is newer or older. Here, all is clear and human-sized. Since Floor 2 and 3 are closed due to rebuilding work, it is even quite little for the moment, so that museum-allergic can dare enter!

EXTRA OF THAT, you will find:
– An exhibition about the German band Kraftwerk, presenting their principles and aesthetics (both from a musical and visual point of view). /!\ It is only until November 8, 2015.
– “The Röhsska Café” on the first floor, offering organic food in a great atmosphere.
–  A shop with great litterature (in English too) about design, and posters (some are on sale now!).
– The “Studio Röhsska”, open to everyone, Saturdays and Sundays 11am–5pm (free entry, creative materials).


Photo Credits: Clémence R.

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