The Scandinavians know how to do Christmas well – think warming mugs of glögg, twinkling lights in every window and, of course, seriously stylish gifts. The latter is the order of the day at Skandium’s Christmas pop-up, which is now open at 11 Dray Walk, just around the corner from London’s Brick Lane. Look out for the two oversized wreaths and statement garland that adorn its windows – the tasteful greenery perfectly sets the tone for the festive fun inside.
Earlier this year, Skandium’s future on the British high street seemed in jeopardy, but thanks to investment from new co-owners Rasmus Warnke Nørregaard and Jacob Kam, the retailer, known for its dedication to the best of Scandinavian design, is looking forward to a bright future. For shoppers, it’s a bit of a Christmas miracle.
The new owners’ aim is to put their passion for Scandinavian design (Rasmus has written books on the subject and regularly appears as an expert on Danish TV) to good use, bringing British shoppers a smartly curated mix of modern furniture icons and homeware accessories from a combination of well-known Scandi names and up-and-coming designers. The focus is on beautifully crafted pieces and simple pared-back beauty, so you will see George Sowden’s colourful water bottles for Hay alongside charming wooden animals that are ideal for decorating shelves or desks – Hans Bunde’s penguin for ArchitectMade is suitably festive – and a stunning spectrum of velvet cushions.
Open until 24 December, the popup will feature many well-known brands, from Georg Jensen to Royal Copenhagen and Iittala, with a focus on homeware accessories. ‘We promise that there will be plenty of inspiration for Christmas gift buyers,’ says Rasmus.
11 Dray Walk, London E1; skandium.com
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