STOCKHOLM – For such a creative city, there was nowhere for creatives to gather, collaborate, and make art that would spill out onto the streets. That is, not until Fredrik Carlström and Anna Behring Lundh opened Alma. ‘Our goal with Alma is, somewhat selfishly, to create something for people with similar interests and a place for us to spend time at when we are in town,’ says Carlström.

The Stockholm-born Carlström has called New York his home since 2000 – the city itself a cornucopia of collective creativity from Chelsea, the artistic centre of the city, to the burgeoning Lower East Side, to the vibrant NoMad co-working district – the spirit of which has been channelled into Alma.