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
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