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Swedish interior & clothing design in Barcelona

Swedes have an inherent sense of style, it’s undeniable. With a history of quality and clean design and an eye for vintage, it’s a style that has taken over the world. Swedish design has traveled across the world, with well-known names like H&M, DRKM, and Acne Studios dominating the high street and fashion weeks. The Swedish interior style runs from minimalistic and sleek to colorful and a lot of pattern, and no one is shy about adding a good old Ikea piece to their homes.

Swedish interior

Swedish interior, also known as Scandinavian interior, is a movement founded based on simplicity, minimalism, and functionality that emerged in the 50’s between the five Nordic countries, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland.


The term Scandinavian design originally comes from a design show that travelled across the US and Canada which promoted the Scandinavian way of living. Scandinavian designers were influenced by nature and everything around them, so it became a tradition of craftmanship. Scandinavian designers had the aim to use materials coming from the environment that were right at their disposal. Because of this thought, the creation of light, bright practical spaces arrived, which led to an indoor/outdoor flow into the designs.


Looking purely to the Swedish design, it’s minimalistic with an emphasis on functionality and clean lines. Their most famous brand, IKEA, has good quality designs that are accessible to all. IKEA is especially famous for its furniture. Sweden is also known for their traditional crafts like the Dala horse and Sami handicrafts. These are both bone and leather items crafted by the Finno-Ugric people inhabiting Sápmi.



In Barcelona, you have the opportunity to discover the Scandinavian design in Art Nouveau Barcelona Apartment. This beautiful building in Barcelona is a bright and modern 2,583-square-foot apartment and is a dream for every designer. Owned by designer Eline Vila D’Acosta-Calheiros and her husband, the place has a tile floor, crown moldings, and ceiling ornaments. With a lick of white paint on the walls, the interior feels spacious and sleek and provides a nice back view for the beautiful home furnishings. The apartments are designed by Scandinavian designers such as; Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, and many more.


Take a look at the apartment: 

Want to see some Swedish Design for yourself? We have listed some Swedish interior & design stores you can visit in Barcelona.


Swedish Clothing design

The Swedish sense of style is often described as timeless, minimalistic, and effortlessly cool. Swedish designers are among the best in the world when it comes to clean designs and sustainability. Quality, functionality, and layering are some of the cornerstones in Swedish fashion, but they also love denim and vintage clothing. But, this hasn’t always been the case.


The traditional Swedish clothing is still a very important part of Sweden’s culture to this day. Although Swedish traditional clothing looks a lot like the folk-wear clothing from places like the Netherlands or Germany, the Swedish clothing has its own spin to it.

Sweden’s traditional clothing has changed a lot throughout the years. Clothing for woman was seen to be more cultural because of men’s lack of fashion that is due to their so-called masculinity. Traditional clothing is different depending on the class and religion of a person. 

The men in Sweden would traditionally wear trousers with long socks and a jacket which was made from some sort of handspun material of animal skin. The trousers would stop right below the knee, so they typically wore long socks. Swedish men would traditionally wear white and blue.

The traditional fashion of woman in Sweden consisted of skirts, aprons, stockings, and a hat. The apron, a garment worn over other clothing to cover the front of the body, was often made from linen, wool, and other forms of cotton. Like the traditional clothing for men, clothing for woman would depend on their class or religion.

Wearing the wrong style could even result in a punishment in some places. In the late 70’s, King Gustav the third created a dress code that regulated men’s and women’s clothing.

Barcelona is full of Swedish design. Lisa Wixell, a Swedish fashion designer, has been living in Barcelona for 16 years. She has been selling ready to wear fashion-collections to Scandinavian shops for 7 years, and now she has opened a shop in Born with her own designs. It’s an atelier and showroom that sells wedding dresses. Lisa Wixell mixes many good things and breaks the rules and standards of fashion, so that every woman of every size can feel good in their skin when they wear her dresses.

If you want to read more about Lisa Wixell and her dresses, read this article:

We have also lined up ten Swedish affordable clothing brands you should know:

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