Ass Savers

A foldable, lightweight bike fender from Sweden that installs in seconds

It’s no secret that cyclists are particularly sensitive to the aesthetics of their rides—whether it’s a tried and true steel frame commuter or a state-of-the-art carbon fiber racer—yet adding anything to distract from the bike’s original form is generally avoided. However when the rain falls, a clunky set of fenders almost becomes an attractive option. Adding to the list of well-designed solutions (like the CH …

Da Matteo, Sweden

Behind the scenes with the Scandinavian craft coffee pioneer

It might be a surprise to hear that Scandinavia consumes more coffee per capita than any other region in the world. On a recent trip to Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg—a cultural mosaic port city on the country’s (relatively) balmy southern archipelago—we were lucky enough to meet with Sweden’s godfather of craft coffee, Matts Johansson, who founded the city’s globally ranked coffee roaster and cafe, …

Volvo Concept Coupé

A firsthand look at the Swedish automaker's turbocharged plug-in hybrid

The history of Volvo is a storied one. Various ownership changes over the past decades and an arguable dearth in design innovation—the very quality that made the brand a beloved staple of intelligence in the industry—coupled with a few poor financial years has really put pressure on the brand to deliver. As one of Sweden’s last standing global car brands, the Gothenburg-based automaker sought to …