Makers and Museums Tour
Stockholm & Gustavsberg 2019 – Traditional Crafts to Stylish Functionality
Wednesday 18 – Monday 23 September 2019
Join Flow Gallery director, Yvonna Demczynska and museum voyager, Cathy Giangrande and discover why you should eschew the word minimalist and see Sweden’s contemporary craft scene for what it is - a crucible of talent producing exquisite, well-made, functional objects, which has developed over centuries and continues to produce world-class artisans and designers. You will learn how embedded craft traditions are in the development of Swedish design, as you journey around Stockholm built on fourteen islands and beyond to Gustavsberg on the island of Värmdö in the archipelago.
Hotel At Six, a former bank headquarters now bursting with a collection of art works, will be your base, as we meet a range of makers and have private tours of captivating museums, galleries and surprising venues. You’ll be entranced and tempted by the unique creations of Ulla Forsell, one of the pioneers of studio glass in Europe, fascinated by Mia E Göransson’s porcelain creations based on shapes borrowed and stolen from nature and amazed to learn of the breath of materials the designer Carina Seth Andersson produces for Iittala and Sweden’s design mecca - Svenskt Tenn.
At the newly refurbished – and one of the oldest public museums in the world - the National Museum a private visit of the Design Depot awaits – followed by lunch with a menu by well-known chef Fredrik Eriksson based on traditional Swedish dishes. We head to the industrial docks to view a private gallery showcasing over 500 chairs at the Museum of Furniture Studies ,while on Värmdö we visit the showroom and shop at Gustavesbergs Konsthall.
Besides a visit to Millesgården to see the exuberant textiles and furniture by Josef Frank – the Austrian architect and designer who fled Vienna in 1933 due to anti-Semitism and came to Stockholm, we will have a private tour of Svenskt Tenn, where Frank became chief designer. It was here that the dominating principle of functionalism of the time was challenged – the result was gorgeously patterned textiles and wallpapers, alongside eclectic furniture. It set the scene for what came next –Swedish Modernist classics.