Denmark launched the world to hygge, the nationwide pursuit of all issues cozy and satisfying. One thing of a survival mechanism for Danes in the course of the winter months, hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) typically includes an abundance of candles, crackling fireplaces, comforting meals and the corporate of shut mates.
In Sweden, the place the winters are even longer, darker and drearier, the idea is known as mys (pronounced mees) — or the adjectival mysigt. And though the phrases are very comparable, Swedish mys refers extra pointedly to an ultra-cozy ambiance.
“Hygge is far broader than mys,” mentioned Malin Lindqvist, a Swedish material designer who moved to Denmark seven and a half years in the past. The essence of mys is the sensation of heat, like being wrapped in a woolen blanket amid lighted candles whereas sipping a steaming mug of tea with a purring cat in your lap.
The very best metropolis to fill up on mys-making provides is Stockholm, and the very best density of small, aptly cozy, unbiased outlets and boutiques might be discovered on the streets close to Nytorget, a sq. on the southern island of Sodermalm, removed from town’s bustling central procuring district.
place to begin is Tambur, a boutique stuffed with issues to make each residence homier. Contained in the two-room store, the entrance room is styled like a kitchen and eating space, the place woven baskets are strung from the ceiling above a country wood desk set with ceramic bowls and platters excellent for serving hearty pasta meals. The again room is stuffed with piles of fluffy linen pillows, a delicate beige sofa, subdued lighting and plaid orange-and-gray blankets made with wool from sheep on the Swedish island of Gotland. It has the vibe of a really plush front room.
“The sensation I would like folks to get is that they’re coming residence to me,” mentioned the proprietor, Anders Widegren, whereas seated within the again room. Among the many many covetable gadgets on show, two significantly mysigt picks have been a copper oil lamp from the Swedish model Klong (2,749 Swedish kronor, about $324) and a particular cast-iron pan for making plattar, skinny Swedish pancakes the scale of a coaster typically served as a cold-weather dinner briefly stacks with butter and jam (529 kronor).
On a nook three blocks away, Esterior is an inside design studio and store with a extra eclectic, playful fashion. The spacious retailer is stuffed with a mixture of midcentury classic furnishings and lighting, fuzzy Moroccan rugs and piles of striped velvet cushions for cozying up a sofa. For low-fi leisure by candlelight on a wintry evening, perhaps choose up a chic chess set or a basic backgammon board (450 kronor every).
Youthful consumers will discover mys of their dimension at Beton, a serene youngsters’s store a block and a half away. That is the place to fill up on corduroy bonnets (170 kronor) and knee socks (65 kronor) in impartial earth tones. As a substitute of brilliant colours and plastic toys, the cabinets are stuffed with wood rattles, woolen overalls and delicate leggings in muted hues from small, hard-to-find manufacturers.
“To be distinctive in Stockholm is vital,” mentioned the proprietor, Petra Gardefjord, who earned a following promoting hand-sewn leather-based moccasins that she taught herself to make for her personal youngsters.
Immediately, the store, which in October moved to a bigger location on the identical block, shares a wide range of tiny moccasins (now produced in Estonia; 460 kronor per pair), in addition to woven child baskets, image books, pacifiers and a unisex clothes line, known as Façade, based by Ms. Gardefjord and Ulrika Nihlén.
Proper subsequent door to Beton, the confectionary store Parlans Konfektyr seems like a tiny 1950s tearoom, with its classic love seat, teak aspect tables and darkish wood-paneled partitions. Watch as staff, typically adorably wearing retro outfits, make candies within the adjoining workshop. Then fill up on sweets, particularly buttery caramels in seasonal flavors like saffron, cardamom and cinnamon-apple (120 kronor for 15).
A brief stroll away, a nondescript doorway leads into the modest showroom of Carina Seth Andersson, one in all Sweden’s main designers of ceramics and glass objects. That is the place to nab hand-thrown teapots and uncommon exhibition items (most between 500 kronor and 4,000 kronor). Along with Ms. Andersson’s fashionable Urna, Ming and Pallo vases in sizes small to extra-large, you may additionally discover collectible works from different notable Swedish designers, like Signe Persson-Melin’s cork-handled glass teapot.
Across the nook is one other showroom, Manos, which doubles because the workshop of the ceramist Karin Eriksson. Right here you’ll discover ceramic oil burners and important oils, porcelain candleholders for tea lights, handmade bowls and glazed mugs for espresso or tea (from round 250 kronor).
However for those who purchase just one factor to up the mys-factor at residence, it should be a candle. Ask Swedes what they affiliate with mys, and the very first thing that comes up is candlelight. Because the daylight dwindle, it turns into a necessity to seek out new sources of light and heat. And certain, primary votives from Ikea will do high quality. However there’s a case to be made for splurging on hand-dipped candles from Sthlm Ljusstoperi, the place slender tapers are available numerous colours, sizes and styles (four-packs from 95 kronor).
On the sting of the neighborhood, a brief stroll east, the massive workshop has an on-site store the place crates are stuffed with colourful candles — in pale pink, lilac, wealthy reds and greens. The store additionally shares hand-dipped three-armed candles, a typical Swedish fashion typically used on particular events and through Introduction.
These on the lookout for a spot to relaxation — and one final dose of mys — ought to make a ultimate cease at Vina, a wine bar a block from Nytorget with one of many coziest atmospheres within the neighborhood.
Step inside from the chilly to the homey area, the place tables are topped with flickering candles, and the mismatched classic décor encourages lingering over a glass of wine or two, maybe a small plate of charcuterie and cheese, or a warming bowl of saffron-scented fish stew. Outdoors, it is perhaps darkish and drizzling, or clear and chilly, however inside, it’s nothing however mys.