Creative Living – Astrid Sylwan and Gunnel Sahlin

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It is always interesting to see how creative people live and work, and I will feature two very prominent Swedish artists in this blog post. The Artist Astrid Sylwan, whom I will be doing a blog interview on to be published next week, and Glass Designer Gunnel Sahlin whose interview I published in March.

The article on Astrid Sylwan’s studio was published in the Swedish newspaper, Dagens Industri in June 2014. The 350 sqm space is located in a shipyard in Nacka, a suburb of Stockholm. This is where she paints, a large airy studio for all her creative energy. The artist has a great collection of contemporary art from artists she knows personally.

Photos by Anne Nybleaus.

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Cushions and Throw were designed by Astrid for Marimekko.


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Enamel Paintings by Astrid.
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Ceramic dog sculpture by Frida Fjellman.

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Cabinet made by Astrid’s grandfather.
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Glass panels painted by the artist for privacy.
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Gunnel Sahlin’s home was featured in Elle Decoration Sweden in 2010. It has been so popular, the pins are still a favourite on Pinterest and the magazine featured the home again on their website this year. It is an old Schoolhouse built in 1890 and located in Sörmland, about 2 hours southwest of Stockholm. An area rich with forests, lakes and Manor Houses. The garden in the summer is an oasis, with trees, flowering bushes, vegetables and herbs. What started out as a summer house ended up being a house she lives in all year round.

All photos from the Swedish magazine Elle Interiör May 2010.

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The charming shoolhouse as seen by the driveway.
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Gunnel’s studio, once a classroom, windows added to the wall where the Blackboard used to be.

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The spacious bathroom was once the entrance to the School.


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