Only The Creative Need Apply

by Tom Ran SOURCE The Scout Magazine

Partnering with different local independent organizers Creators Inn by Elvine, Stockholm, Sweden has been offering visiting ‘creators’ short-term accommodation. Totally free. No hidden fees.

(Above: The livingroom at the Creators Inn in Stockholm. Photo credit: Jonas Mosesson)

The project is constantly evolving and have been opened in three locations so far. It seems to be an idea whose time has come around again – except the flophouses and communes of old, are now state of the art, mid-century-designed comfort zones and hot beds of creativity. The catch? Here’s a quick note from their website:

“We have a very wide definition of creators. The reason for coming to town is more important than the title on your business card. We try to support up and coming creators of different kinds, the ones that would normally end up on someone’s couch. To find them Creators Inn by Elvine works first and foremost with local independent organizers offering their guests a place to stay. But everyone is welcome to register and motivate why they should be granted a stay. Foreign visitors are prioritized. But you need what we call a “valid reason” to stay at our Inn. A valid reason is some sort of creative activity, preferably together with local creators or something that incorporates the city in some way. For instance, meeting up an old friend to go clubbing is (unfortunately) not a valid reason to be granted a free stay.”

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Workspace. Photo credit: Jonas Mosesson

Swedish clothing line Elvine, opened it’s first location in 2008 offering “creatives” a free place to stay in Gothemburg. They’ve since expanded to two other locations with one in Stockholm. Both locations in Gothemburg are modest in size but hostel these are not. Designed by Next Century Modern, the rooms are warm, inviting and comfortable. The Stockholm location is situated within an existing hotel and is the most spacious of the three. It’s incredibly difficult to believe that the rooms are free until you discover the reason behind it all. It’s a form of goodwill to up and coming creatives of different kinds, as well as a way to support the local creative community. Creators Inn require all potential guests to explain their reason for their visit. Guests with dealings with local creators are more likely to be invited. It’s a great idea that we wish we would see more of. Thanks wejetset for the great find.

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Bedroom. Photo credit: Jonas Mosesson

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Hotel Scandic Malmen, Stockholm
. Photo credit: Scandic Malmen