Lagom. It’s a word for which — quite fittingly— we have no equivalent. Scrap together an English translation and we’re left with something like “just the right amount”, or “not too much, not too little.” The problem with these translations is that it makes lagom sound like a clichéd proverb alla Mies van der Rohe’s “less is more” or Oscar Wilde’s “everything in moderation, including moderation.” Lagom is not a byword or slogan — it is the Swedish ethos. It is deeply stamped in what it means to be a Swede and, naturally, comes through in Swedish design, food, architecture, culture, and life. And there is no better place to live this refreshing sense of lagom than in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.
Stay — Ett Hem
Stay at Ett Hem and you’ll quickly feel like a local. A converted turn-of-the 20th century private residence situated in Stockholm’s upscale Ostermälm neighborhood, it feels more home than hotel. Hence the name, Ett Hem (a home). Our friends over at Monocle said it well, “Ett Hem’s elegant aesthetic set an example to hoteliers around the world.”