WEEKENDS – MADE FOR SIMPLY STAYING IN BED – curl up a little longer, snug up to the partner wrapped warmly under the duvet, snoozing, reading the papers, having breakfast in bed, watching a late-night movie or enjoying a little hankie pankie xx.
What you do in bed is your business, where, is ours. White Line Hotels goes bed hopping.
Meet Maria Svensson and Lisa Leierth, two wool-loving ladies from Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast. Based in an art-collective studio space with ten other designers and artists, they create the knitwear that they had always dreamed of wearing.
Meet Carina; sophisticated, astute, with the delicacy of a flower and extremely warm hearted. Meet Daniel; a practical food-loving maverick, with a softer eye for fashion who brims with energy. Together this is the charismatic Scandi couple behind the fashionable Hotel Flora Gothenburg, who love quaffing over a chilled Pinot Noir, adore New York and are most definitely made in Sweden.
There are moments when that indescribable Swedish air around things becomes less allusive, when you can almost pinpoint the qualities that makes these things so deliciously…well…Swedish. Maybe you know exactly what I’m talking about? It’s a mix best clumsily described as gloomy and sublime, what you feel during an Ingmar Bergman film, or listening to ABBA’s The Winner Takes It All. You could also call it a mix of sweet, sour, bitter, and just a little bit salty, which, coincidentally, is exactly how Gothenburg restaurant fond introduces their autumn menu.
They used to say that behind every great man, is a great woman. Although certainly a valid statement in regards to Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, I’d like to extend that line of thinking out of any feminist debate, because particularly when Kahlo’s name is attached, it’s a road so-traveled that we needn’t go down it again. Instead, let’s focus on what lies at that center of that thought, which while certainly being gender-neutral, is by no means neutral in the success of any artist: support. You can certainly make comment about the support system that Rivera and Kahlo had between themselves as a couple and as artists, but without dwelling on that any longer, it simply brings us to another reinterpretation of what stands behind every great artist, and that’s a great story. So, check and double check for Rivera and Kahlo.