August '18 Guest Collection: Nika Johnsson


The "Abstract Malmö" collection is designed by Nika Johnsson

This glorious summer is almost done, which means our favorite season is all but here: FALL! And to go along with this we have our August guest collection from local artist and graphic designer Nika Johnsson. When she's not creating intricate patterns (which adorn her studio walls, pictured above), she is working as a graphic designer. Her work is honest, raw and personal. Something we loved immediately after seeing it for the first time. Her collection is an extension of that. An abstract pattern that both subtly and obviously references the laidback nature, multiculturalism and spontaneity that makes this city what it is. We love her interpretation and we think you will too.

The collection consists of a white women's cut t-shirt (with rolled sleeve accent), a navy slim fit t-shirt (with rolled sleeve accent), a black gym bag, and two sticker designs. All garments are printed on Neutral garments and screen printed at Malmö Screen Print. All paper items are printed at AtGraphiken print shop in downtown Malmö. 

Nika's collection is printed in limited quantities and designed exclusively for Malmö Clothing Co.


We asked Nika a few questions about herself and life in Malmö:

What is the inspiration behind the design?
The design for the collection is a combination of abstract patterns that aim to capture Malmö’s spontaneous, diverse, unique spirit.

What technique or process did you use to create the design?
I used a marker pen to create drawings on paper – which I later vectorised and used as a base for the design. Creating abstract drawings is almost like a meditation and the images are a product of the inspiration of the moment. It was fantastic to be able to sit in a park and draw new designs for this collection!

Where did you grown up and how long have you lived in Malmö?
I’ve split my childhood time between Warsaw in Poland and the Swedish countryside in Östergötland. I have lived in Skåne since 2015 and am appreciating all what Malmö has to offer.

What do you do for work?
I work part time as a graphic designer.

What do you do for fun?
During this great summer weather I love swimming in the sea. I also love reading, writing, spending time with friends and of course creating art!

What keeps you here in Malmö?
The possibility to grow and develop and the openness of the city.

What’s one thing you would change about Malmö?
I would switch the climate to a warmer one ;-)
Other than that: Malmö is growing and changing at a fast pace – it is inspiring to see a lot of creativity and progress in the city!

What makes Malmö a place that’s worth visiting?
It’s Swedens third largest city with it’s own unique vibe. It has a bit of everything within close distance.

Best coffee in town?
I have yet to find that! I love a good espresso and prefer that over the usual Swedish “office brew”.

Best falafel in town?
At Falafelfestivalen – the first falafel festival in town.

Best bar for a beer or cocktail in town?
As much as I like going out, this year I’m not the person to ask – have mostly been working.

What should every tourist know about Malmö when they visit?
The best time to visit is the summer but make sure to visit during other seasons too!

Where can we find more of your work?


Nika's top 5 places to visit in Malmö:

  • Scaniabadet - take a dip in the sea
  • Slottsparken - enjoy the hidden gems all over this park
  • Lilla Torg - lots of beer and out door seating
  • Möllan - anything can happen in Möllan!
  • Secret raves - they happen every weekend

Nika's top 5 places to eat at in Malmö:

  • Breakfast: Jord Malmö

  • Fika: Cafe Agnez

  • Lunch: Spoonery

  • Sandwitch: Scandwitch

  • Ice cream: Köld