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Shopping Spree – Part 7

Written by Christopher • February 19th, 2008
Shopping Spree – Part 7

We haven’t visited the golden age of shopping for a while, so why not take a waltz down the aisles once again. This time we are focusing on the Swedish department store chain Domus (house in latin).

It was owned by the Consumer Corporation (KF) who in their glory days had over 200 stores throughout the country. Sadly, business was slowly beginning to come to a halt in the 1980s and many of the bigger stores were redeveloped to mini malls or sold. Personally I think that the Domus stores still are the coolest stores ever to exist and Sweden and I miss them in a silly – but kitschy way.

For those who are interested in learning more about Domus, there is a great documentary by Swedish filmmaker Anders Wahlgren available.

Christopher

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Charles

    YesterSweden is gorgeous!

  • Anonymous

    I swear I’ve seen that top picture of the Domus before. I shall have to look for it now.

  • Insonrible

    I love your blog. Congratulations!

  • janepeepshow

    So…while i’m here, thought i’d comment on this post too.

    So what’s so kitschy about Domus??

  • Chris

    What is NOT kitschy about it? :) It’s everything yesterSweden was about, the colors, the design, the architecture.

    Of course not all stores were like that, but they all have a certain something. And what about that logo, that symbol of eternity. Brilliant. You might have also seen KF’s headquarters in Stockholm? Kind of famous landmark.

    http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bild:Katarinahissen_from_Katarinav%C3%A4gen_2005-08-09.JPG

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