Sweden’s ‘secret’ indie art, craft boutique destination: Höganäs’ Magasin 36 [classic article]

A secret little destination unknown even to most Swedes is Höganäs’ Magasin 36. Located on the south western shore of Sweden – in the district known as Skåne — it’s a former salt-glazing factory turned collection of chic boutiques, artisan food purveyors, restaurant lounge, gallery and yes, a smaller scale salt-glazing potter.

Because of its former industrial beginnings, lighting is low in the center and naturally brighter in the outer booths of this roundish building. The look of the interior is artisan-industrial. In the booths, you’ll find for sale antiques, shabby-chic repurposed interior design objects, indie handmade clothes, traditional salt-glazed pottery with a super shiny finish and other things for the home that show a broader definition of Scandinavian design than just the jigsaw pieced furniture found at Ikea.

A very cool vendor is Höganäsgruppen. Inside, you’ll definitely find fascinating, unique items for your dining area. Check out their artisan bowls, sexy looking candlesticks and cute and crazy looking eye trivets for putting hot dishes on or using as a paperweight. One eye design is that of the owner’s little daughter, one is that of the artist, etc.

Magasin 36 is a great place to pick up locally made foods, either for a picnic or as a souvenir. You’ll find jellies, honeys, locally roasted coffees, cured meats and all kinds of goodies. Upstairs is a restaurant that has a groovy lounge area, separate from a popular buffet station.

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