SoFo, Stockholm 12.02.16

  • Flower shop on Södermannagatan

  • Stalands furniture shop on Åsögatan

  • Old houses on Nytorget square

  • Claesson Koivisto Rune’s studio on Östgötagatan

  • The Grandpa shop on Södermannagatan

  • Product designer Emma Olbers

  • Olbers’s studio on Klippgatan

  • Reed Kram of the design studio Kram/Weisshaar in his studio

  • R18 Ultra chair by Kram/Weisshaar

  • Office of White, an architectural practice, at Skanstull

  • Stalands furniture shop

  • Habel Betiyo, Mikaela Dyhlén and James Rosen of ÅWL Arkitekter

  • The ÅWL Arkitekter office

  • A Betiyo bag on sale in K17 on Kocksgatan

  • Habel Betiyo making one of his own-brand bags

  • Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård, architects

  • Inside the Grandpa shop

  • The studio of designer Monica Förster on Östgötagatan 18

  • Architect Petra Gipp in her studio on Åsögatan 140

In the lead-up to Stockholm Furniture Fair, taking place this week, Icon visited an old working-class area on the city's Södermalm island, where artists and designers have transformed the industrial buildings into one of the world’s hippest hangouts

Dubbed SoFo by local creatives, or “South of Folkungagatan” to be more precise, one Stockholm neighbourhood on the island Södermalm has quickly grown into a young urban creative hotspot – recently Vogue named it the third most hip area in the world, while the BBC referred to it as the “new Brooklyn”, to many locals’ dismay.

Walking the streets of SoFo brings back memories of the past. The converted industrial buildings and artists’ studios are reminders of the area’s rich working-class heritage – Södermalm was once poor and densely populated. It was also a breeding ground for authors, poets and musicians alike, who all contributed to ensuring an
open-minded and artistic environment.

The cobbled streets, wooden houses and nearby water are among the most celebrated traits of the area. Today, the old corner shops around Nytorget square – which used to house local craftsmen, including brewers, butchers, tanners and silversmiths – have mostly been replaced by studios for designers and architects. These boast high ceilings and large street-facing windows, and are nestled among shops selling local wares, galleries, cafes where young freelancers hang out, restaurants and bars.

Jonna Dagliden Hunt's article appears in our latest issue (pictured below), accompanied by the photographs above by Christopher Hunt

 

Photography

Christopher Hunt

 

Words

Jonna Dagliden Hunt

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The cobbled streets, wooden houses and nearby water are among the most celebrated traits of the area

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