3304 W. Foster
In the last nine months, visitors to the Sweden Shop in Albany Park have found the gnome tchotchkes relegated to one room and the other three storefronts filled with boxy pitchers and triangular bowls by Hoganas Keramik and books on Swedish design and cooking. When the shop reopened last October, new owners Patti Rasmussen and Larry Anderson--who also own Tre Kronor restaurant across the street--ditched most of the Scandinavian-American kitsch for the stylish housewares they admired on their twice-yearly visits to the northern countries. "Home is so important in Scandinavian culture," says Rasmussen, who stocks Lotta Jansdotter table linens and pillows with stylized patterns inspired by nature, translucent porcelain tumblers and tea-light holders in the washed-out blues and greens of a northern seashore from Danish ceramics designer Anne Black, and a few Marimekko fabrics by the bolt, including a fruit-tree pattern that's perfect for curtains. The children's area has Pippi Longstocking books and embroidered skirts, and traditionalists can still find jars of lingonberry jam, traditional Royal Copenhagen china, and a selection of authentic Swedish clogs.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Mireya Acierto.