As an advocate for Danish design, art and lifestyle at the Danish Consulate in Sydney, Anne will give you tips on where to eat, shop and experience everything Scandi in Sydney.
Published November 30th 2014
Discover a world of minimalist and functional design
The return of the Christmas shopping frenzy is looming like a dark cloud over many of us, so to help avoid the rush and last-minute panic here is a guide to the best Scando Christmas shopping that Sydney has to offer.
If you know where to look, Sydney has plenty of delightful boutiques and concept stores that will satisfy your needs for minimalist Scandinavian design. The hunt for the perfect Scando Christmas gift begins in the heart of the CBD where a handful of renowned brands from Scandinavia have set up their own concept stores.
Guide to Scando Shopping in Sydney. Photo: Colourbox.com
Fine jewellery that epitomises bespoke Danish design and exclusivity, crafted by goldsmiths in Denmark. The luxurious range includes earrings, rings, pendants, and bracelets made from 18 carat gold with exquisite diamonds and droplets of tourmalines and other precious stones. Enter Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen's alluring universe in their first flagship store outside of Scandinavia. www.olelynggaard.com
89 Market Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Marimekko Iconic patterns and bright-coloured textile prints are the cornerstones of Finish design house, Marimekko. The beloved Unikko floral print from the 1960s is retro yet contemporary and still popular today. The art deco ambiance in Marimekko's double-storey headquarters in Sydney is a celebration of colour and definitely worth a visit. www.marimekko.com 66 King Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Georg Jensen Renowned silver hollowware, watches, jewellery and home interiors from Denmark. With a history that spans more than 100 years, the Georg Jensen brand represents timeless aesthetic design that makes a classic Christmas gift to complement the wardrobe or dinner table. The stylish concept store in Castlereagh presents the stunning collection beautifully. www.georgjensen.com 60 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000
kikki.K Elegant seasonal stationery pieces that are as much handsome objects as they are practical solutions. From chic paper clips and pencils, diaries and planners, leather pencil cases and laptop bags, to filing cabinets and wooden desks, kikki.K offers stationary and homewares, inspired from Sweden. www.kikki-k.com Westfield flagship, Shop 2036, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney
To continue your Scando-shopping walk of fame head from the CBD to the Eastern Suburbs that hosts a range of delightful boutiques with contemporary home interiors and fashion.
The Minimalist Store
Design destination curated with a minimalist aesthetic in mind, located in a studio space in Sydney's Surry Hills in the building formerly known as Porters Paints. Collection includes graphic wall poster by Kristina Krogh, decorative trays from HAY and porcelain cups from Design Letters with Arne Jacobsen's famous typography. www.theminimalist.com.au
11 Albion Way, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Stocks a hand-picked collection of renowned Scandinavian designs, including ergonomic natural brushes, oak-wood kitchenware, Le Klint lighting, Astrid Björk jewellery, Arabia ceramic, iittala glassware and Swedish organic skincare range L:a Bruket. The imported design pieces are complemented by Funkis's own Swedish-inspired brand of jewellery, fabrics, furniture and vegetable-dyed leather bags and clogs. www.funkis.com
202 Oxford Street, Paddington
Design destination curated with some of the best of modern Scandinavian interiors. Collection includes stylish laundry baskets by ferm LIVING, silicone rubber pendants from Muuto and copper candle holders by By Lassen. www.urbancouture.com.au
Shop L1.15 in Moore Park Supa Centa, 2 Todman Ave, Kensington NSW 2033
Rustic antler chandeliers hang theatrically from the ceiling and Marimekko fabrics pop with bright colours against the modern, white interior. It's a one-stop shop for Scandinavian fashion and interior design and it even has its own brand of clogs. For those with a penchant for Swedish sweets, browse the intriguing offerings in the walk-in pantry where you'll discover Daim chocolates, salted liquorice and lingonberry jam. www.nordicfusion.com
Shop 7, 178 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Haven of seasonally curated clothes carries some of the trendiest garments and accessories from northern Europe. Expect to find men's and women's wear from Swedish brands such as Cheap Monday and Dr Denim, Stutterheim raincoats, Happy Socks, Spalwart sneakers and Sandqvist bags. In a bid to support local visual artists, Somedays also hosts monthly exhibitions in its warehouse-esque space. www.someplace.com.au
72B Fitzroy St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
My own wish list for Christmas this year includes the following Scandinavian design pieces:
Kubus 4 candle holder in copper from By Lassen
2015 wall calendar in grey, black and gold foil by Copenhagen based designer Kristina Krogh
'Nature' ring in 18ct gold with a matt finish from Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen
Wire basket in mint green from ferm LIVING