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Antiquing in Stockholm

Dear Diva Readers,

Today we’re joined by Sara Söderberg Svantesson, owner of Amazing Interiors in Stockholm. She has a showroom with antiques including pieces from the late Barouque, the Rococo, and Gustavian period until the Empire. She works as an interior designer and stylist as well as Chief Executive “Diva” of  her company, Amazing Interiors.

Our Southern Sweden Antiques Diva Tours have been so popular that we’re now exploring offering antique buying tours in Stockholm.  Today we’re sitting down with Sarah to discuss shopping in Stockholm Antiques Diva Style!

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Antiques Diva:
 As a designer how do you see Swedish antiques fitting into the modern day home both locally in Stockholm as well as abroad. How are clients living with antiques?

Sarah: During the last couple of years the trend has been mixing modern furniture with antiques. For example my clients might buy a modern sofa and pair it with old armchairs or a modern dining table mixed with Gustavian chairs. Often I suggest to the clients that they choose a colorful modern fabric to use on an armchair or on dining chairs with the results that the old antique fits perfectly into to a modern home. I also think that the trend in recycling is contributing to peoples’ increasing interest in buying, restoring and keeping antiques.  Remember antiques are green!

Antiques Diva:
For a visitor to Stockholm if they only had 1 day to antique in the city where would you suggest they go and what would you say they should do?

Sarah:  If you as a visitor have one day to spend in Stockholm I would suggest you try to make the most of the day by mixing high end boutiques together with ”vintage” stores. At Östermalm in Stockholm you can find the boutiques that have the most exclusive antiques in the capital. Many of them are working with antique furniture from the Baroque, Rococo, the Gustavian periods until the Empire. Here you´ll find both rare and unique Swedish antiques. After spending the morning at Östermalm I would recommend you have a short distance walk to Vasastan with all the small interesting vintage boutiques. Here you´ll find anything from old glass and candlesticks to vintage mirrors and carpets. If you are not too tired after that I would suggest you also visit the Old town, where you can combine looking at all the beautiful houses and monuments with shopping in the vintage stores that you´ll find here.

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Antiques Diva:
Stockholm is famous for its auctions, can you tell our readers about the auctions? Explain the Quality Auctions and when are they?

Sarah:  Stockholm has two leading auction houses, Bukowskis and Stockholm’s auktionsverk. They have auctions on a weekly basis and two times a year they have their Quality Auctions. Theses auctions are often held late autumn and late spring. Characteristic for the quality auctions are that, unlike from the weekly auctions, they only sell high end antiques from the Baroque, Rococo, and Gustavian periods and the Empire.

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Antiques Diva:
Are there are a variety of price points from high end to lower  prices available in Stockholm? My perspective was that everything was high end, but after our conversation last week I realized this was a myth about antiquing in Stockholm.

Sarah: As mentioned above and below the high end boutiques are located at Östermalm. At Vasastan and Gamla Stan you find the boutiques that have lower prices. You really can still find a bargain in Stockholm.

Antiques Diva: Describe your perfect day in Stockholm. Where would you go? What would you do?

Sarah:  Your perfect day in Stockholm should start with waking up at a beautiful hotel – I’d choose the Diplomat located at Strandvägen, one of the most exclusive streets in Stockholm. The hotel, that is overlooking the sea, was built in 1904 and it has a beautiful and luxurious interior.

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After enjoying a long breakfast at the hotel you start with a short walk down to Arsenalgatan where you find the Auctionhouse Bukowskis and also a couple of high end antique shops. After spending the morning here you cross the street and walk into Östermalm. At Nybrogatan you visit antique shops and the Auction house Stockholms auktionsverk and when reaching Östermalmstorg you stop at Östermalmshallen for lunch. Östermalmshallen is a market hall from 1888 and today it is a market place with local food vendors. Lunch at Melanders fisk in Östermalmshallen will prepare you for a nice afternoon at Vasastan with all its vintage shops. Don´t forget to visit Upplandsgatan where many of the cosy vintage shops are located.

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The evening you spend at Berns Asian restaurant. It´s an oldbuilding from 1863, located next door to Bukowskis. The building hosts both a hotel and a really good Asian restaurant. The old, well kept interior with all the fantastic decor in the ceilings and  walls are defentively worth a visit. This will make a ideal end on a perfect day in Stockholm.

Thanks Sarah for your Antiques Diva interview!
The Antiques Diva®

P.S. If this blog has whet your appetite for a Stockholm Antiques Buying Tour email me – info@antiquesdiva.com to schedule your shopping extravagnza!

Divo of the Day – Daniel

Dear Diva Readers,

Over the summer months I’m wanting to take time to introduce you to some of the team members here at The Antiques Diva & Co and we’re going to start the parade of diva’s with a divo! While we’re a company of mostly women we do have one male Antiques Diva, er make that Divo, Guide – Daniel Larsson.  In addition to leading Sweden Antiques Tours, Daniel also has his own antiques shop in Helsingborg.

Meet Il Divo  – Daniel

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Which Tours do you lead?
Sweden Antique Buying Tours

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What do you like about your job?
Diversity & the friendships you make along the way with new clients 🙂

What do you consider your specialty in helping clients? What do you enjoy about helping clients?
My specialty is helping clients find the right price points.  I enjoy helping client gets better pieces then they thought they could.

Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
I have been traveling around the world quite a bit before I got married and had a kid 🙂 I have lived in The USA, England, India, Norway, Spain & Holland.  I have now returned to my town of Helsingborg, Sweden and it is from here we lead our tours in Southern Sweden.  Next year I’m excited to say we’ll be offering Antiques Diva & Co antique buying tours to the cruises coming into harbor in Helsingborg!

What do you do when you’re not working? Hobbies? Interests?
I work all the time 🙂 but when I do take some time off I try to Kitesurf as much as possible 🙂

Favorite spot to vacation?
What’s vacation?!! My next vacation I will actually go this month to one of Europe’s longest beaches.   It’s in Poland and the beach borders Germany.  I hope to get many hours on the water 🙂

Do you have a favorite museum or work of art that inspires you?
My favorite museum must be Lousiana in Denmark.   Amazing place.

In the area where you lead your tours is there a special place you like to go? Perhaps it’s an area of town or a favorite cafe to drink your coffee?
If there is time I like to have a coffee at Koppi  – It’s considered the best cafe in Sweden

What do you think is the hardest thing for clients on tour? What do you recommend to help the client with this problem?
It’s a hardcore day shopping – with seeing a lot of inventory and making lots of purchases.  Sometimes clients can’t remember everything they saw or  they miss certain important pieces or even misunderstand prices.  I try to remind people what they’ve seen and liked, what they may want to go back and purchase – or even remind them of their earlier purchases in the week if a multi-day tour.  I also always try to help with calculating the currency.

Give me 5 words that describe your personality.
Committed, Driven, Nice, Honest & Charming 🙂

The Antiques Diva & Co

The Antiques Diva Does Scandinavia

D. LARSSON Interiör & Antikhandel

Dear Diva Readers,

When it comes to antiques, Scandinavian 18th and 19th C furniture has long been considered the Holy Grail as dealers, designers and decorators seek Gustavian and Rococo painted furniture as crowning pieces in their collections.  Because Swedish antiques are known for demanding top dollar abroad, only the crème de la crème has had access to them in the past, but drum roll baby…. The Antiques Diva® & Co is now offering Scandinavian Tours and travelers are given an exclusive opportunity to buy Swedish antiques at wholesale prices that are half of what’s typically found across the pond.  You won’t just get the opportunity to shop where the dealers shop, you’ll get to shop with a top Swedish antiques dealer.

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Antiques Diva Guide Daniel Larsson – make that Divo Guide and owner of the eponymously named D. LARSSON Interiör & Antikhandel – has one of the best choreographed antique collections in Sweden in his Helsingborg-based store.  And he has the distinction of being our first DIVO GUIDE on The Antiques Diva® team.

Antiques Diva Swedish Antiques Tour

As leader of your tour he will share with you insider hints and tips, telling tricks of the trade, sharing the history behind certain pieces, explaining regional differences in Swedish antiques, authenticating purchases and giving advice on what to watch out for in spotting reproductions and fakes.  Sometimes the hardest thing about buying antiques abroad is the uncertainty in knowing if the piece you’ve picked is what the dealer claims it to be, but with your Divo on your side, you can shop with confidence, knowing you’re gaining access to the best collection at the best prices on the planet.  You don’t pay tourist prices when you shop like a local or a dealer for a day.

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Offering 1 to 4 day tours that are guaranteed to take you off the tourist track, Daniel will take you deep into the Southern Swedish countryside to a slew of secret sources that you would never find on your own.   Some of these trade sources and trade stores are so hidden they don’t even have names on their doors.  Shopping might just be a religious experience when you visit one wholesaler who houses his collection in a former church, and it’s all aboard when you stop off at a former train depot turned by-appointment-only store.  Whether you’re trawling a giant warehouse or shopping your way through a rambling private mansion you’re guaranteed to find an assortment of quality Gustavian and Rococo pieces from Swedish chairs to cabinets and chest of drawers.  You won’t want to go home without scoring the perfect souvenir.  What about a long case clock, gilt candlesticks, sconces or mirrors?  There is something for everyone.  Some clients seek perfectly packables that can be tucked in their suitcase while others take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to buy abroad like the dealers do.

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Whether you’re looking for a consolidated shipment for 1 or 2 perfect pieces or a whole container load, Daniel can liaise you with international freight companies, helping you ship your purchases Home Sweet Home from Sweden.  On tour he will not only help you fill out the complicated customs paperwork but secure appropriate export papers and find affordable shipping solutions for bringing Sweden to your door.

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Do note this tour includes a fair amount of driving, and you’ll enjoy the back roads and scenic views as we drive from one location to another on the back roads of Southern Sweden.

Let the Shopping Commence!

The Antiques Diva® 

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