A couple of months back we brought you an interview with The Ode To, a new art market founded by Helena Carlberg and Anna Lukins. Now, with Christmas on the horizon, they’re teaming up with vintage market Temporärt and design studio TypeO for a new project. Their joint venture LUX, “a new take on the classic Christmas market”, will debut on Kronobergsgatan on Saturday, and we caught up with Carlberg and Lukins to find out more about it.
Ok, so first of all, where did the idea for the LUX Christmas market come from?
We, The Ode To, share office space with Temporärt, who in their turn did a pop-up with TypeO during Design Week last winter. Our trio have similar aesthetics, but with complementing products, so we thought it’d be interesting to create a small world together for Christmas. Normally we’re only available through our respective online stores and different decorating projects, so it’s especially nice to offer a chance to look at our products up close.
You’ve said it’s a ‘new interpretation of a traditional Christmas Market’, can you give us more details about what that means?
Christmas is surrounded by so many wonderful traditions and the classic Swedish Christmas Market is a favourite of ours, but we’ve made a modern version of it. We’ll have a deconstructed Christmas stall, with shutter and all, inside the store space as well as an upside-down Christmas tree. The light environment is what inspired the name LUX.
What kind of items will be available at the market?
We’ll have a handpicked selection that helps people find special things to put under the tree. We’ll bring vintage furniture, art and design objects together, all with lasting quality and style, which hopefully will encourage more conscious and lasting Christmas consumption.
Finally, what do Christmas Markets mean to you? What does one need to make it work?
It’s about the anticipation before Christmas – the smells, the sounds and the hunt for treasures. Christmas can be such a lovely, yet stressful time, so we thought we’d cherry-pick the best parts and create a light and inspiring space filled with beautiful things.
Photo: Mikael Lundblad