If you are interested in Swedish design, or modern design from around the world evaluated and written about by a renowned Swedish journalist (in English) check out this amazing blog entitled: Things Can Always Get Better.
Here is a wonderful example of a theme:
The world’s first zero carbon emission house lives in Denmark. The Active House, as it’s called, was developed to be a more comfortable and user-friendly response to the Passive House, which has set the standard for sustainable living in the last decade. Passive houses rely on incredibly effective insulation, plus a heat exchanger that warms fresh air on the way in during winter. A true Passive House has no conventional heating system because, in theory, it doesn't need one. In practice, owners tend to install back-up systems, because it's no fun even to risk being cold.