I’m guessing most people won’t have. Design bloggers, journalists, design nuts and the like will most certainly be in the know, but Søstrene Grene is more than likely a new discovery for a lot of you reading. Which is kinda bonkers as they have stores all across Europe and over in Japan too. But the thing is, they only have two stores in the UK. Nottingham and Chester.
Nope. Which kinda sucks. So today’s post is a bit of a “look at what you could have won” situation.
(If you have no idea what the image above means – you did not grow up in the 80’s. This is the kind of brilliance you missed out on).
Founded by Inger Grene, Ruth Grene and Knud Cresten Vaupell Olsen in 1973, the first Søstrene Grene store opened in Denmark, and now, 45 years on they have nearly 200 stores across the the world.
“Søstrene Grene offers you exciting products from near and far, attractively put out in a labyrinth of colors, shapes and smells. Our shops always have a wide range of popular and staple products in stock, and an equally large number of products that change every week. However, all the products are subject to strict functionality and quality requirements, with many of them being designed by our own team of skilled designers so they are only available from Søstrene Grene.”
I wanted to show you guys some of the pieces they have coming March onwards, as for some of you, it might just be worth taking a drive over to their Nottingham or Chester store so you can fill your car boots (and pick up some pieces for me too please!)
The overall aesthetic is very Scandi. Not surprising really. Clean simple lines in a small palette of pastel colours making it very easy to buy more than you’d bargained for.
The pretty upholstered floor cushions can be stacked to give you a foot stool, coffee table or additional seating are a touch of genius and could easily slip into a living space or kid’s bedroom. The black and brass table lamp is a complete bargain at £26.30 too.
This brass and glass shelving unit is an absolute steal at £41.40. With its small projection, it can be hung in the smallest of spaces and used to create an area of interest. Perfect to display your instagram worthy bits and bobs.
Also, they’re an ideal update for a kitchen where you’re looking for the ever so popular look of open shelving. Spend £150 on these and you could completely transform a kitchen wall.
The planters and vases are absolutely gorgeous and I would buy all three above in a heartbeat.
Upholstered benches in bang on trend colours with slimline black metalwork? Yes please. So easy to pop into your hallway, at the foot of your bed or in a bay window to provide some very simple seating.
And again, the overall design aesthetic and colour palette working together perfectly.
There’s not really a piece I wouldn’t use in any of my projects. It’s all so affordable, dare I say, probably cheaper than the equivalent at Ikea, but the best thing is that not everyone is going to have these pieces because most people don’t have a store nearby. Which is brilliant and rubbish at the same time. Brilliant as it looks like you’ve got your hands on something super exclusive, and exclusive often implies ‘pricey’. But it’s rubbish too as there’s nothing worse that seeing gorgeous, affordable pieces you can’t actually have is there?
Unless you’re in Chester or Nottingham that is…
So has anyone out there been to a Søstrene Grene store? Is it worth the drive? I’d also love to know what the quality is like…. so please, for those of you Chester-ites and Nottingham bods… spill the beans please! And Søstrene Grene, open a store in Yorkshire will ya? I’d be ever so grateful.