Shops We Love: Austere, Los Angeles

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May 22, 2014
Los Angeles's downtown has seen a rebirth recently thanks in part to a host of design-forward businesses opening their doors. One of them is Austere, a conceptual shop where Scandinavian enthusiasts will get their fill of modern classics, pieces by emerging product designers, and fashion hailing from the Nordic countries. We sent a few questions to Austere's creative director and founder, Fredrik Carlström, who lets us in on the "undemocratic" process he used to assemble the collection, his thoughts on why Scandinavian culture is gaining steam, and his favorite spots in the burgeoning neighborhood.
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  In Downtown Los Angeles, Fredrik Carlström has curated a well-rounded collection of Scandinavian design at his concept shop Austere. "I imagined the physical space like if a lifestyle magazine with all my favorite things came to life," he says.
    In Downtown Los Angeles, Fredrik Carlström has curated a well-rounded collection of Scandinavian design at his concept shop Austere. "I imagined the physical space like if a lifestyle magazine with all my favorite things came to life," he says.
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  Louis Poulsen's PH Artichoke Lamp hangs above a platform decked out with Quistgaard candlesticks and an ice bucket, Aalto stools, and a wine rack by Nissen Langaa Denmark. The pink stool by Marie-Louise Hellgren is made from upcycled textile waste from airbag production.
    Louis Poulsen's PH Artichoke Lamp hangs above a platform decked out with Quistgaard candlesticks and an ice bucket, Aalto stools, and a wine rack by Nissen Langaa Denmark. The pink stool by Marie-Louise Hellgren is made from upcycled textile waste from airbag production.
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  A wooden mold for an Aalto vase.
    A wooden mold for an Aalto vase.
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  Books and vintage magazines atop a Poul Kjærholm coffee table by Fritz Hansen. The piece in the background is a PK80 daybed.
    Books and vintage magazines atop a Poul Kjærholm coffee table by Fritz Hansen. The piece in the background is a PK80 daybed.
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  Excerpts from the journal artist Brian Rea wrote in while he was traveling in Sweden adorn the storefront's glass.
    Excerpts from the journal artist Brian Rea wrote in while he was traveling in Sweden adorn the storefront's glass.
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  Aëdele VK1 Classic Edition headphones at Austere, Los Angeles.
    Aëdele VK1 Classic Edition headphones at Austere, Los Angeles.
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