Easy pieces

London, Paris, Milan... Stockholm and Helsinki? Scandinavia has no international reputation for its fashion. But as its high quality and simple - yet contemporary - style finds new fans during the recession, all that looks set to change, as Josh Sims discovers

Beyond blonde

The Scandinavian architectural tradition has long had tell-tale traits without ever being obvious. Jonathan Bell explains how they still inform the most progressive work of the region’s architects today - and how they go well beyond the blonde-wood and white-wall stereotype