A (Concrete) Gold Mine: Betonggruvan in Stockholm
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To add to your Stockholm itinerary: designer Josefine Halfwordson's tiny shop, Betonggruvan, specializing in durable housewares made from simple materials and hand picked from Sweden and beyond. Halfwordson decided to open a brick-and-mortar location after her first foray as an online supplier was met with enthusiasm around the city. Betonggruvan, which means "concrete mine" in Swedish, is appropriately housed in a small concrete building with windows decorated in the shop's custom graphics from FLB Europa . On offer are domestic science and storage essentials, tablewared, and office supplies sourced from Halfwordson's travels to the US, Japan, China, and around Sweden; she also designs furniture in collaboration with various local artists and manufacturers. Photographs by Elin Stromberg courtesy of Betonggruvan . Above: Stacks of Industrial Green Lampshades from Lamp Gallerian in Sweden are displayed on high shelves; the lampshades are 500 SEK each. All products available on the Betonggruvan site ship worldwide and payment is via secure service, Tictail. Above: Amid a display of kitchen wares, two Kokkorg Strainers (120 SEK each), meant for cooking vegetables and noodles, hang on a wall as containers for a pot of ivy and a group of floral Scissors (100 SEK each). The Broom and Dust Pan set is 450 SEK. Above: The Swedish Coffeepot can also be used for brewing tea and boiling water, 350 SEK. Above: The classic Swedish Birch Dish Brush (50 SEK) is displayed in 500ml Chemistry Glass beakers (75 SEK). Above: A wooden breakfast tray rests on one of the shop's signature furniture designs, the Betonggruvan Concrete Sideboard . The table's 2 cm-thick concrete top is treated with oil wax for stain resistance; 6,200 SEK (or about $950 USD). Behind it is the Betonggruvan Concrete Nightstand for 3,900 SEK. Above: Owner Josefine Halfwordson in a striped mariner's tee from French company Saint James. Above: Halfwordson's desk area also serves as display for office supplies and organizing solutions. Above: The Concrete Sideboard with Shelves has a wire glass shelf incorporated into the untreated steel frame; 7,300 SEK. Above: The shop is open on Thursdays and Friday from 12:00-7:00pm; visit Betonggruvan for more information. Location of Betonggruvan in Stockholm: Planning a trip to Stockholm? Consult our Stockholm City Guide for more essential stops, including restaurants, shops, and an enchanted castle that's now a hotel.