Denmark launched the world to hygge, the nationwide pursuit of all issues cozy and gratifying. One thing of a survival mechanism for Danes through the winter months, hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) usually entails an abundance of candles, crackling fireplaces, comforting meals and the corporate of shut buddies.
In Sweden, the place the winters are even longer, darker and drearier, the idea known as mys (pronounced mees) — or the adjectival mysigt. And though the phrases are very comparable, Swedish mys refers extra pointedly to an ultra-cozy environment.
“Hygge is far broader than mys,” stated Malin Lindqvist, a Swedish cloth designer who moved to Denmark seven and a half years in the past. The essence of mys is the sensation of heat, like being wrapped in a woolen blanket amid lighted candles whereas sipping a steaming mug of tea with a purring cat in your lap.
The most effective metropolis to replenish on mys-making provides is Stockholm, and the very best density of small, aptly cozy, impartial outlets and boutiques will be discovered on the streets close to Nytorget, a sq. on the southern island of Sodermalm, removed from town’s bustling central buying district.
An excellent start line is Tambur, a boutique crammed with issues to make each residence homier. Contained in the two-room store, the entrance room is styled like a kitchen and eating space, the place woven baskets are strung from the ceiling above a country wood desk set with ceramic bowls and platters good for serving hearty pasta meals. The again room is crammed with piles of fluffy linen pillows, a mushy beige sofa, subdued lighting and plaid orange-and-gray blankets made with wool from sheep on the Swedish island of Gotland. It has the vibe of a really plush front room.
“The sensation I would like folks to get is that they’re coming residence to me,” stated the proprietor, Anders Widegren, whereas seated within the again room. Among the many many covetable gadgets on show, two significantly mysigt picks have been a copper oil lamp from the Swedish model Klong (2,749 Swedish kronor, about $324) and a particular cast-iron pan for making plattar, skinny Swedish pancakes the scale of a coaster usually served as a cold-weather dinner in brief stacks with butter and jam (529 kronor).
On a nook three blocks away, Esterior is an inside design studio and store with a extra eclectic, playful type. The spacious retailer is crammed with a mixture of midcentury classic furnishings and lighting, fuzzy Moroccan rugs and piles of striped velvet cushions for cozying up a sofa. For low-fi leisure by candlelight on a wintry evening, possibly choose up a sublime chess set or a basic backgammon board (450 kronor every).
Youthful customers will discover mys of their dimension at Beton, a serene youngsters’s store a block and a half away. That is the place to replenish on corduroy bonnets (170 kronor) and knee socks (65 kronor) in impartial earth tones. As a substitute of vibrant colours and plastic toys, the cabinets are crammed with wood rattles, woolen overalls and mushy leggings in muted hues from small, hard-to-find manufacturers.
“To be distinctive in Stockholm is necessary,” stated the proprietor, Petra Gardefjord, who earned a following promoting hand-sewn leather-based moccasins that she taught herself to make for her personal youngsters.
At present, the store, which in October moved to a bigger location on the identical block, shares a wide range of tiny moccasins (now produced in Estonia; 460 kronor per pair), in addition to woven child baskets, image books, pacifiers and a unisex clothes line, referred to as Façade, based by Ms. Gardefjord and Ulrika Nihlén.
Proper subsequent door to Beton, the confectionary store Parlans Konfektyr appears like a tiny Nineteen Fifties tearoom, with its classic love seat, teak facet tables and darkish wood-paneled partitions. Watch as employees, usually adorably wearing retro outfits, make candies within the adjoining workshop. Then replenish on sweets, particularly buttery caramels in seasonal flavors like saffron, cardamom and cinnamon-apple (120 kronor for 15).
A brief stroll away, a nondescript doorway leads into the modest showroom of Carina Seth Andersson, certainly one of Sweden’s main designers of ceramics and glass objects. That is the place to nab hand-thrown teapots and uncommon exhibition items (most between 500 kronor and 4,000 kronor). Along with Ms. Andersson’s common Urna, Ming and Pallo vases in sizes small to extra-large, you might also discover collectible works from different notable Swedish designers, like Signe Persson-Melin’s cork-handled glass teapot.
Across the nook is one other showroom, Manos, which doubles because the workshop of the ceramist Karin Eriksson. Right here you’ll discover ceramic oil burners and important oils, porcelain candleholders for tea lights, handmade bowls and glazed mugs for espresso or tea (from round 250 kronor).
However in the event you purchase just one factor to up the mys-factor at residence, it should be a candle. Ask Swedes what they affiliate with mys, and the very first thing that comes up is candlelight. Because the sunlight hours dwindle, it turns into a necessity to seek out new sources of heat and light. And positive, fundamental votives from Ikea will do advantageous. However there’s a case to be made for splurging on hand-dipped candles from Sthlm Ljusstoperi, the place slender tapers are available varied colours, styles and sizes (four-packs from 95 kronor).
On the sting of the neighborhood, a brief stroll east, the massive workshop has an on-site store the place crates are crammed with colourful candles — in pale pink, lilac, wealthy reds and greens. The store additionally shares hand-dipped three-armed candles, a typical Swedish type usually used on particular events and through Creation.
These in search of a spot to relaxation — and one final dose of mys — ought to make a last cease at Vina, a wine bar a block from Nytorget with one of many coziest atmospheres within the neighborhood.
Step inside from the chilly to the homey house, the place tables are topped with flickering candles, and the mismatched classic décor encourages lingering over a glass of wine or two, maybe a small plate of charcuterie and cheese, or a warming bowl of saffron-scented fish stew. Outdoors, it could be darkish and drizzling, or clear and chilly, however inside, it’s nothing however mys.