Båstad / Kisek
Malena & Nina Digman
More than anything, the home of the Digman sisters, Malena and Nina, feels like a modern commune. They took over the family farm in Båstad on the Swedish peninsula of Bjäre a good two and a half decades ago. They live here with their husbands, Mattias and Fredrik, and their kids Theo, Hanna, and Lisa, each in their own wing of the Stolpagården farm – a so-called ‘captain’s farm’ built in 1770 by sea captain Sven Stolpe, and the oldest house in Båstad.
The farm also houses the Kisek family business founded by their grandparents, Greta and Ragnar Digman back in 1931, then as now specialising in interior decoration, textiles, antiques, arts and crafts, designed and partly painted by Greta Digman. Today, the farm is still the family’s base, run by the third generation of Digmans: Malena, who runs Kisek, and Nina, who reupholsters
antique furniture and does various interior decorating jobs. Together, they have established one of the most popular businesses of the area, visited by people from near and far. A legendary and entirely unique concept, based on love for the place, and a shared passion for aesthetics and things that increase your quality of life with the stories they hold, be they old or new. And together, they have created a haven for the entire family, where life follows the course of the year on the farm and turns into new stories to build on, rooted in the spirit of community.
In the old garden, two magnolias bloom each spring and form a shady restingplace throughout summer. This is where the family meet and discuss matters large and small. This is also where you warm yourself with a cup of coffee after the morning swim, or have lunch by a warm wall. Here, the children build secret dens, play soccer, and have fun until the light begins to fail. In the garden, there are also lavender, hydrangeas, and old-fashion roses, and lots of room for the men’s experiments with tomatoes, apples, chillies, and redcurrants.