Is Swedish is good

Funkis – bad name, great shop. Although the word funkis is vaguely reminiscent of tinea crossed with a rare type of Icelandic mushroom, it is in fact the name of a Swedish design store that I stumbled upon whilst wandering around the Strand Arcade in Sydney recently. It’s full of delights like fabrics, ceramics, stationery and various other objects of desire. As with all shops selling imported Scandinavian goods, there are some hefty price tags to be paid and questions to be asked, like ‘Does anyone actually need a stainless steel letter opener?’ and ‘Can I get a similar, cheaper version of this at Bed Bath N’ Table?’ Nonetheless, I gazed with pleasure upon the ergonomic, green, pesticide-free, carbon-neutral etc. products in store.

And here is the Strand Arcade in all its glory, with some of the particularly fetching features dating from 1892. This is exactly one hundred years before 1992 (no, really?) – the year in which the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Sweden. Coincidence? Er, I’d say so.

The Strand Arcade
412–414 George Street

:: Arwen ::



Filed under fabric, Home sweet home decor

2 responses to “Is Swedish is good

  1. Alex

    I disagree your comment on getting something “cheaper”. This is why we live in such a throwaway society.
    You get what you pay for and sometimes it’s nice that products are still made in the country of brand origin.
    In terms of their Swedish fabrics and most of their products, I would be glad to pay extra for a product to support an industry that pays full benefits and proper wages to it’s employees rather than fueling an economy of cheapness and excess.

    • Hooray – I’m happy that this post has elicited a response from someone. I agree with you, Alex – better to pay more for something that’s been properly made than to get something shit from the $2 Shop that’ll break in six weeks and was made in China. Problem is, some of the expensive Scandinavian things are made in China, too. But with a Scandinavian price tag. It pays to check the manufacturing info carefully. (Not Scandinavian, but case in point: Sonia Rykiel, the French label, is now made in China… but still costs half your average monthly salary).

      Living in Japan opened my eyes to how obsessed people are with having new things, whether they need them or not. In the hard rubbish collections in Tokyo, you can pick up near-new TVs, DVDs, white goods, clothes, etc. that people have tossed out after two years to get the latest model. And this in a country where there is so little space for rubbish that they have to burn a lot of it…

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