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Vickleby is the site of a private craft college founded in the late 1950s by Carl Malmsten, who had a great vision: He bought a number of decaying farmhouses on the island and replanted them here. He transformed the buildings into a living community with student houses, workshops, and studios. He wanted to design furniture and utensils that paid tribute to old Swedish traditions and the "forms of nature." Today the college is a training school for cabinet making, woodworking, ceramics, textiles, design, and horticulture. It also has one of Sweden's largest herb gardens, containing a wide variety of unusual plants. During the summer, the college stages exhibitions and sales in the old Vickleby school.