Prins Eugen, Waldemarsudde
Sweden's most beautiful museum, Prince Eugen's Waldemarsudde
It's when our furniture is with our customers that it comes to life...
Prince Eugen's Waldemarsudde lies like something out of a fairy tale on the southern part of the island of Djurgården in Stockholm. The museum has been called the most beautiful in Sweden, and is also one of the most visited in the country. In 2017, Waldemarsudde was voted Museum of the Year – a prestigious distinction awarded by the Swedish Museums Association and the Swedish ICOM.
For the beautiful restaurant, Stolab has supplied Lilla Åland chairs in clear matt lacquer.
Prince Eugen's Waldemarsudde consists of a main building, the 'Mansion', and a separate gallery building, all surrounded by a garden adorned with flowers and sculptures.
The Mansion was built in 1905 and served as a private palace for Prince Eugen (1865-1947), who was also a distinguished artist and a passionate art collector. After his death, Waldemarsudde and its art collections passed into the possession of the Swedish state. Since 1 July 2017, the museum has operated as an independent foundation.
Carl Malmsten, a popular exhibition
Today, the museum offers a varied, extensive programme of exhibitions and events. All year round, it shows a selection of Prince Eugen's own work, works from his collections and temporary exhibitions. One example of the latter was the highly regarded and popular exhibition devoted to Carl Malmsten, held from 19 October 2013 to 2 March 2014.
Karin Sidén, superintendent and director of the museum at Prince Eugen's Waldemarsudde:
"Our Carl Malmsten exhibition was a very extensive one in which we wanted, in both a retrospective and a forward-looking way, to reflect him as a designer and interior design architect. We were able to loan unique items of furniture for the exhibition from companies, institutions, museums and private owners. Altogether, therefore, it was a really comprehensive and interesting exhibition of one of our foremost 20th-century designers."
Lilla Åland in the 'Prince's Kitchen'
The love of Carl Malmsten and Swedish design is also permanently visible in the museum's interior design, for example in the Salon in the Ballroom Floor, in the form of an exquisite table with intarsia, which the designer himself donated to Waldemarsudde. His furniture art can also be seen in the beautiful restaurant, the 'Prince's Kitchen', which is open to museum visitors.
"When we were going to start running the restaurant and café ourselves, we wanted to find a concept that would allow us to connect the menus and interior design with the museum as a whole. So Lilla Åland was a natural choice for us, partly because it's a truly beautiful chair, comfortable for our restaurant guests to sit on, but also because it represents classic Swedish furniture design and craftsmanship so well."
"We are really satisfied with the furniture itself and with Stolab as a supplier. We have also used other Swedish manufacturers in our interior design, for example Kasthall, who have in recent years woven a fantastically delicate carpet from an original dating from 1905, which is unique to our business."
Photos: Anders E Skåneblad and Kjell Renblad