Hamngatan 18-20. Map 2 D4. Q OS-762 80 00. 0 T-centralen. £3 2, 47, 55, 62, 69, 76. 10am-7pm Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun.
Designed by Ferdinand Boberg, the granite palace on Hamngatan houses the department store Nordiska Kompaniet (NK). Opened in 1915, NK was – and still is -aimed at an exclusive clientele. It made its name as a showcase for Swedish arts and crafts, writing design history when the textiles department, Textil-kammaren, opened in 1937. The manager was the textile artist Astrid Sampe who commissioned leading contemporary artists and designers to supply work.
Olle Baertling, Arne Jacobsen, Alvar Aalto and Viola Grasten all contributed patterns.
Sampe also introduced new fabric printing techniques.
Today at NK you can find almost everything from perfume, clothing and sporting equipment to glass, silver and porcelain, but above all, the store is, as its founder Josef Sachs once described it, a commercial and cultural theatre.
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