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Stockholm’s vibrant art scene has become a reliable resource for Parasto Backman, a designer whose goal is complex in its simplicity.

Her eponymous studio’s work for art galleries, architects, theaters and book publishers is bright and bold, with an intricacy in its layers. “I aim to broaden the palette of graphic design,” she says.

Backman’s approach is based on extremes, oscillating between solitude and collaborations with those who bring new perspectives and methods. “I work in an exploratory way, often with people that might not be expected within the context of the project. Together, we tell stories that usually aren’t told.”

Here, Parasto recommends the three of art spaces in Stockholm where she finds inspiration.

Tensta Konsthall
Tensta Konsthall is my favorite art space in Stockholm, although it’s technically in a suburb called Tensta. The location seems to attract a more diverse audience than other galleries. They raise important issues with shows that are deeply rooted in our contemporary world, and I really appreciate that they dare to experiment with the space. If you’re ever in the mood for a great seminar, film screening or panel discussion, this is the place to go. I tend to visit on weekends or Wednesdays, when the gallery stays open later than usual.

Barklund & Co
I have longed for a space like Barklund & Co, and I’m so excited to see what comes out of this platform. They’ve created a new interdisciplinary scene for arts and crafts based on a collective working method. With an artistic workspace that fosters teamwork, a lot of unexpected collaborations are emerging. This fall, I’m especially looking forward to “Letters from Sweden,” an exhibition with Kajsa Lindberg and Göran Söderberg. Lindberg works with jewelry, Söderberg is a digital font designer, and they find common ground in their fascination with letters and graphic symbols.

Moderna Museet
What sets this modern and contemporary art museum apart is its accessibility. The exhibitions are mainstream and admission is free. They even welcome children with guided tours and workshops, which I value as a parent. I attend most show openings, but if you really want to take in an exhibition, come on a weekday. The atmosphere is more relaxed. The only criticism I have is that the state-run museum needs to work more actively on equality and diversity issues, and they should dare to stand out more.

This story originally appeared on Skandiastyle.com

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