The Furniture District
Bruno Mathsson, Norrgavel, Svenssons in Lammhult and much more. In the furniture district you find unique design and furniture with roots in the Småland forests. Young designers and innovative manufacturers such as Källemo and Bruno Mathsson showcase themselves to the world.
Lammhult is a hub for the design district. Norrgavel with their nordic designs have their store and factory here. Svenssons in Lammhult is a unique furniture store, with a carefully selected range of furniture and interior decor from over 200 well-known brands and our times' best designers. Here you will find classics as well as the latest news from the world's furniture fairs.
Värnamo is the home of classic designers such as Bruno Mathsson and Källemo. Bruno Mathsson is one of the brightest talents when it comes to Swedish furniture designs in the 1900s. His home and first glass house is located in the middle of Värnamo which now houses an exhibition with Mathsson's furniture. You can also see the office and studio in which Bruno Mathsson worked. Guided tours are offered for groups throughout the year.
At Källemo you can see Bohlin's steel-concrete chair 'Concrete' that amazed people. Was this art or furniture design? Or the rubber chair 'Non' that was brought to attention because it was lying up-side-down in an aquarium.
To try out and really experience the design classics, you can stay the night at Scandic Värnamo which is known as the design hotel. Just outside Värnamo, the art and design museum Vandalorum is located.
Read more about design in Värnamo.
Älmhult in southern Småland is the home of IKEA - here the first ever store opened in 1958, and today the original building houses the world's only IKEA Museum. The main exhibition at the museum is divided into three themes: Our Roots, Our Story and Your Stories. Take a closer look at the everyday life in the 19th century Småland, find out more about Ingvar Kamprad's childhood, and the 20th century transformation of Swedish society. See how the designs changed throughout the decades.
IKEA Museum also has a shop and a restaurant, where they serve the famous meatballs with a twist. Just outside Älmhult, in Diö, Sweden's oldest furniture factory is located - Gemlamöbler. Here beech and ash are tamed into timeless furniture by skilled craftsmen who know which way the wood likes to bend.