Today I write to you from my new home away from home. The weather in Göteborg has been absolutely brilliant, so you must know that in order to pull me away from sunshine and spring weather, this new abode must be quite remarkable. It’s not my favorite coffee shop, or a writer’s corner tucked inside some cozy pub. It is Gothenburg’s new City Library, reopened last Wednesday with a five day celebration from April 23 – 27th.
Closed for a two year renovation period, the place is now filled with light, clean lines, and well laid out interior spaces. The architecture combines elements from the original structure with sleek modern embellishments. (More of my photos of the new library available here.) There are full length windows for the writer, reader, or dreamer to gaze out toward Götaplatsen’s busy avenue and cozy modern seating is ample. One can also take advantage of secluded areas nestled away for those who wish a bit of time to reflect or to simply take in the pages of a good book.Read More»
I had a lovely conversation with designer and curator Pia Sjölin yesterday about her latest project Embrace! The exhibition which will be on display at the House of Emigrants, Växjö, Sweden begins 14 September and runs through January 2011, and includes the works of no less than thirty Swedish-American artists, designers, photographers and musicians. The exhibition has two themes – The American Dream and Swedish Identity. But Embrace is more than a one time exhibition. Embrace has a greater mission in that it hopes to become the source for a movement. It’s founders have a dream for the future . . . to live in harmony regardless of origin, religion, cultural background or political beliefs.Read More»