Malmö is Sweden's third largest city. But look closely—and down—and you'll find that it is home to the country's tiniest shops. We're talking mouse-sized shops. So far, there are two shops, found side-by-side.
Noix de Vie is an emporium that specializes in all varieties of nuts (its name means "Nuts of Life" in French).
While Il Topolino, or "The Mouse" in Italian, is full of perfect gift ideas for the rodent gourmand in your life. In other words, it sells cheese.
Both shops are placed in the same basement window nook in a building in downtown Malmö. It's all too cute for words, which brings us to the obvious question...
What geniuses are responsible for such adorable magic?
Fear not, all questions will be answered... sort of. The artist group that built these "shops" is called, what else, Anonymouse MMX (being "anonymous" means keeping your identity a secret). They're not willing to give up their real names, but they are willing to share pictures of their project through their Instagram account.
This includes pictures of Il Topolino and Noix de Vie being put together in their workshop.
The details are amazing, including a bicycle propped up against the wall of the shop, a cafe-style table and chairs on the sidewalk, and even a movie poster for a horror film about The Night of the Were-Rat!
The creators were also good enough to give an interview over email to the Huffington Post. “They are built of things that we had laying around and also things we collected, like caps, lids from tin cans, matches, buttons, a lamp shade, Italian stamps etc.," one artist told the website. “The idea was to use things mice themselves could have collected and reused.”
Pretty brilliant, if you ask us. And why go to all of this trouble?
“It’s just too darn charming to imagine a world where mice lives parallel to ours but just slightly out of sight,” the artist explained.
Yep. Our thoughts exactly!