A Modern Bistro That Doubles as a Museum by

Issue 102 · True North · December 11, 2013

A Modern Bistro That Doubles as a Museum

Issue 102 · True North · December 11, 2013

Care to dine next to a tiger skeleton? Restaurant Museet is a new Swedish bistro that puts more than food on display. Located off the buzzing Birger Jarlsgatan in Stockholm, the restaurant is the work of interior designer Richard Lindvall, who set out to create a space that would work at all hours—a modern bistro by day and a bar late into the night. To make for an ever-changing backdrop, Lindvall installed several glass display cases—hence the name Museet, which means museum—and filled them with exotic and curious objects. 

Photographs by Richard Lindvall.

Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista

Above: The restaurant serves a mix of French and Swedish cuisine.  

Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista

Above: Built-in banquettes of cognac-colored leather offer casual seating. The tables are white Carrara marble with iron bases. 

Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista  

Above: Wood-framed glass cases display a changing array of exotica. 

Museet Restaurant in Stockholm Featuring a Skeleton Tiger I Remodelista

Above: One of the cases contains the skeleton of a Siberian tiger, born at the Kolmårdens djurpark, a wildlife sanctuary south of Stockholm. An endangered species—only 300 to 500 Siberian tigers are currently alive—this one died of natural causes and is there to raise awareness and donations for the World Wildlife Fund.

Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista  

Above: The pendant lamps came from an old factory and were found at an antiques store in Stockholm. They were gray and Lindvall turned them black by spray painting them.   

  Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista

Above: To keep things interesting, Lindvall frequently changes Museet's vignettes. 

Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista  

Above: Menus hang from a brass pipe that came from an elevator door. The hooks were salvaged from a Viennese hotel and likely held newspapers.

Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista  

Above: Some of the menus are presented on sheets of shiny laser-cut brass.

Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista

Above: Hanging menus are ready to be grabbed by on-the-go waiters. 

Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista

Above: White subway tiles and a trio of socket lights lend the space an industrial look.

Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista

Above: Dark wood floors work well with the moody displays.

Here's where to find Museet in Stockholm:


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Planning a trip to Stockholm? Visit our Stockholm City Guide for more places to eat, shop, stay in and around the city.



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