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December 8, 2014
Fredrik Carlström, the founder of Scandinavian design hub Austere, reveals the products and gifts he cherishes most.
q&A with Modern design leaders like Frederik Carlström of Austere who recommends the leather apron by Bole Tannery as a host gift

What’s your go-to host gift? 

My new favorite is a leather apron from Böle Tannery. Few things age more beautifully than a great piece of leather.

Leather apron from Böle Tannery, from $324.

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q&A with Modern design leaders like Frederik Carlström of Austere who recommends Matouk bath towels

What’s your favorite kind of towel? 

Matouk. I also am a fan of the style of Scandinavian kitchen towel with simple blue or red stripes. I often use them as napkins at our country house in Wainscott, New York. They fit right in with the countryside aesthetic of Long Island’s East End.

Bath towels from Matouk, $33. 

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q&A with Modern design leaders like Frederik Carlström of Austere who recommends Iittala essence wine glasses as a wedding gift

What’s the best wedding present you’ve given or received? 

We got a ton of Iittala Essence wineglasses, which are getting a lot of use.

Essence glasses by Alfredo Häberli for Iittala, set of two, $40.

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q&A with Modern design leaders like Frederik Carlström of Austere who recommends the book Modern Swedish Design by Moma

What is the best design book to give as a gift?

Recently, Modern Swedish Design: Three Founding Texts. It’s the first English translation of three texts by pioneers of Swedish design that have been extraordinarily influential on international architecture and interior furnishings since the early 20th century.

Modern Swedish Design: Three Founding Texts, edited by Lucy Creagh, Helena Kåberg, and Barbara Miller Lane (MoMA Publications, 2008), $35.

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q&A with Modern design leaders like Frederik Carlström of Austere who recommends Yves Delorme flat sheets for bedding

What is your everyday bedding? 

We rotate among FrettePratesi, and Yves Delorme.

Flat sheets from Yves Delorme, starting at $250.

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q&A with Modern design leaders like Frederik Carlström of Austere portrait

Austere is retail, showroom, and event space celebrating Scandinavian design in Downtown Los Angeles. 

Courtesy of 
Christina Wayne
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q&A with Modern design leaders like Frederik Carlström of Austere who recommends the leather apron by Bole Tannery as a host gift

What’s your go-to host gift? 

My new favorite is a leather apron from Böle Tannery. Few things age more beautifully than a great piece of leather.

Leather apron from Böle Tannery, from $324.

What’s your go-to host gift? 

My new favorite is a leather apron from Böle Tannery. Few things age more beautifully than a great piece of leather. Leather apron from Böle Tannery, from $324.

What is your everyday bedding? 

We rotate among Frette, Pratesi, and Yves Delorme. Flat sheets from Yves Delorme, starting at $250.

What’s your favorite kind of towel? 

Matouk. I also am a fan of the style of Scandinavian kitchen towel with simple blue or red stripes. I often use them as napkins at our country house in Wainscott, New York. They fit right in with the countryside aesthetic of Long Island’s East End. Bath towels from Matouk, $33. 

What’s the best wedding present you’ve given or received? 

We got a ton of Iittala Essence wineglasses, which are getting a lot of use. Essence glasses by Alfredo Häberli for Iittala, set of two, $40.

What would you give to a recent college graduate? 

Nice sheets, knowing they don’t get changed out as often as they should.

What is the best design book to give as a gift?

Recently, Modern Swedish Design: Three Founding Texts. It’s the first English translation of three texts by pioneers of Swedish design that have been extraordinarily influential on international architecture and interior furnishings since the early 20th century. Modern Swedish Design: Three Founding Texts, edited by Lucy Creagh, Helena Kåberg, and Barbara Miller Lane (MoMA Publications, 2008), $35.

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