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A Travel Guide of Stockholm, Sweden


The Leaders of Design, a group of renowned designers and architects, recently took a trip to Stockholm, Sweden to explore the country’s rich design culture. Our Principal and Chief Creative Officer, Francis Nicdao, joined for this inspiring adventure.

During their visit, the group was able to experience the unique blend of ancient and modern architecture and gain insight into the ways in which history and culture have influenced design in Stockholm. The trip was a source of inspiration for the designers, who were able to take away new ideas and perspectives to incorporate into their own work. Francis shares some of his highlights to spark inspiration for your next trip to Stockholm.

Vasa Museum

Located on the picturesque island of Djurgården in Stockholm, the Vasa Museum stands as a testament to maritime history and engineering marvel. The museum houses the meticulously preserved Vasa ship, a 17th-century warship that famously sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was salvaged centuries later. The Vasa showcases not only immense size, but intricate details, towering masts, and elaborately carved sculptures. Exhibits surrounding the ship provide insight into life aboard the vessel and the circumstances of its ill-fated voyage, making it a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and maritime aficionados.

The Royal Palace
Old Town

The Royal Palace in Stockholm’s Old Town stands as a quintessential example of opulent Baroque architecture, offering designers a firsthand glimpse into centuries of regal elegance and refinement. Its majestic facades and lavishly furnished chambers give an understanding of historical design trends to incorporate timeless elements of luxury into contemporary spaces.

National Museum

The National Museum, in Blasieholmen, features centuries of artistic brilliance and historical significance. With its majestic neoclassical architecture and prime waterfront locale, the museum commands attention and admiration from all who visit. Inside, visitors can view an extensive collection of art spanning genres and periods, from renowned masterpieces to lesser-known gems.

Drottningholm Palace
Lovön Island

Drottningholm Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a crown jewel of Swedish royalty. Its exquisite Baroque architecture, lush gardens, and idyllic lakeside setting transports visitors to an era of grandeur. Inside, visitors are immersed in the regal ambiance of the palace, adorned with ornate furnishings, rich tapestries, and masterful artworks. From the majestic Royal Chapel to the meticulously landscaped gardens and scenic waterfront views, Drottningholm Palace offers a captivating glimpse into Sweden’s royal legacy and architectural heritage.

Glydene Freden
Old Town

Glydene Freden is located in Stockholm’s Old Town. The rustic and cozy restaurant offers a charming atmosphere and delectable cuisine, with surroundings dating back to the 18th century. Here, guests can enjoy traditional Swedish dishes and warm hospitality for a nostalgic experience infused with authentic Swedish culture.

Grand Hotelm Spegelsalen
The “Hall of Mirrors”

Grand Hotel’s Spegelsalen, known as the “Hall of Mirrors,” is a breathtaking venue in the heart of Stockholm. Renowned for its opulent interior, this iconic space captivates guests with its shimmering crystal chandeliers, intricately adorned ceilings, and, of course, its mirrored walls. Stepping into the Spegelsalen, visitors are transported to a world of elegance and refinement.

City Hall

City Hall is a magnificent architectural site on Kungsholmen Island in Stockholm. With its iconic tower and waterfront location, City Hall commands attention and admiration from all who behold it. Visitors are treated to a grandiose interior adorned with intricate artwork, majestic halls, and the famous Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held annually. City Hall is steeped in history and cultural significance as a testament to Stockholm’s rich heritage.

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