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Shopping Scandinavian: Here’s Where to Shop, and What to Look For.

July 16, 2008

By Kim Yeager, Star Tribune, Minneapolis

Jul. 16–AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE MUSEUM GIFT SHOP

Tabletop, Swedish iron from Dala Industrier, prints and design products and others, including Guldkroken ceramic candleholders, Danish va Solo carafes and juicer and Jobs table linens. Shown: Simply Scandinavia repro Gustavian Period cachepot, $98.

DESIGN MODERN INTERIORS

Several lines of home and home office furnishings in solid teak, steamed beech and oak including Salin, Ekornes and Seltz , natural fibers, stone and Iittala art glass. All-American Society of Interior Designers-designated interior design staff.

DANISH TEAK CLASSICS

Specializes in midcentury Danish Modern furniture and accessories produced in Denmark; restoration services. Shown: a teak sideboard with oil finish, 86.5 inches long, felt-lined drawers and internal storage, $4,195.

SAGA LIVING

Full line of Marimekko with items by Design House Stockholm; wide selection of tabletop items including the recently added Danish line Normann Copenhagen. Pictured: Hand-cast and sand-blasted Block Lamp designed by Harri Koskinen. Measures 4 by 6.25 by 3.5 inches, $125.

IKEA

Mammoth Swedish mecca for low-cost Scandinavian design, including annual young designers’ collection. Furniture, accessories, case goods, cabinetry, tablewares, linens and textiles, among others.

FINNSTYLE

Marimekko bed, bath and pillows, fabrics and panels, Artek Alvar Aalto stools and webbing, lighting from Design House Stockholm, Iittala glass and kitchenware. Pictured: Savannin Kaunotar all-cotton, zippered Marimekko throw pillow, 19.5 inches square, $32.

NORWAY ART

Minneapolis-based importer of prints, reproductions and original paintings from Norway, Sweden and Denmark; prints include work of Norwegian masters such as Tidemand, Gude and Skredsvig. Prints range $20 to $90; various prices for originals.

INGEBRETSEN’S

Housewares including Kongetinn royal pewter Norwegian flatware, lighting, tiles, vases, pillows and linens, including the wool Tulip blanket by Lauri Jacobi for Faribault Woolen Mills, based on a late-1800s design by Carl and Karin Larsson, $140.

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CENTER

Two showrooms with Scandinavian and European contemporary furniture — including dining lines by Gangso, Skovby and Dyrlund, Eilersen upholstery, Ekornes and Stokke seating and Torring bedroom pieces, among others. Also rugs, glassware, lamps and other accessories.

SCANDIA FURNITURE

Stocks large selection of Fjords by Hjellegjerde line of Norwegian reclining motion furniture, including the new “622 Grip” chair and ottoman, shown; $2,350 to $2,725 depending on size, leather options. Also rugs and accessories.

NORDIC HOME INTERIORS

Importer/retailer of Stryn Famin Birch and Kistefos Mobler pine furniture, among other lines. Rugs and hand-woven textiles including Norwegian Aasenvev weavings.

DANIA

California-based retailer of contemporary Scandinavian-inspired living, dining, bedroom and office furniture, plus lamps and accessories. Thirty-thousand-plus-square-foot showroom includes “Odense” (named for the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen), a 47-inch pedestal table with leaves that store and pop up from the center to expand seating from four to eight. $1,950; cherry, other finishes.

RESOURCE DETAILS

American Swedish Institute Museum Gift Shop: 2600 Park Av. S., Minneapolis, noon to 4 p.m. Tue., Thu., Fri. and Sat., noon to 8 p.m. Wed., 1 to 5 p.m. Sun., 612-870-3364, www.shopswedish.com.

Dania: 2875 N. Snelling Av., Roseville, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Sun., 651-636-7333, www.daniafurniture.com.

Danish Teak Classics: 1500 NE. Jackson St., Minneapolis, Suite 277, noon to 5 p.m. Wed. through Fri.,11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., noon to 4 p.m. Sun. or by appointment, 612-362-7870, www.danishteakclassics.com.

Design Modern Interiors: 2701 N. Lincoln Dr., Roseville, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon. through Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thu. 651-645-0800, www.designmodern interiors.com.

FinnStyle: Gaviidae Common skyway level, 651 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., 612-333-2127, www.finnstyle.com.

Ikea: 8000 Ikea Way (next to Mall of America), Bloomington, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun., 952-858-8088, www.ikea.com/us.

Ingebretsen’s: 1601 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Sat., 612-729-9333, www.ingebretsens.com.

International Design Center: 1550 E. 78th St., Richfield, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon. through Thu., 10. a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri., Sat., noon to 6 p.m. Sun., 612-341-3441, and 219 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon. through Sat., noon to 6 p.m. Sun. 612-332-2342 www. idcmn.com.

Nordic Home Interiors: 620 W. 58th St., Minneapolis, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. through Sat. and by appointment, 612-339-0000, www.nordic-home.com.

Norway Art: 1455 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, by appointment, 612-339-7829, www.norwayartonline.com.

Saga Living: 1055 S. Grand Av., St. Paul, noon to 5 p.m. Tue., Wed., 11 a.m. to -6 p.m. Thu., Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., 651-290-8577, www.sagaliving.com.

Scandia Furniture: 1203 Washington Av. S., Minneapolis, (temporarily closed due to smoke and water damage but reopening Aug. 1) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thu. 612-455-2517; www.scandiavalue.com.

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