In blustery February, with spring not quite here and restaurants still closed, a little retail therapy should brighten the last weeks of winter. Thanks to imaginative Hungarian designers, there are all kinds of funky things for the home, from ceramics to stationery. Here’s a selection of our favourites!
DOT for You
Who can resist the allure of
fresh, new stationery, just waiting for you to bring it to life with your
writing, drawings, musings or care-fully crafted shopping lists? The DOT for
You brand was founded by artist Erika Baglyas with the aim of experimenting
with traditional bookbinding techniques, and rethinking traditional printing
methods. One of the most popular products is the bullet journal called Budapest
Firka, with a map of the city on the cover in shimmering gold or silver. Of
course it doesn’t end there – stunning postcards, calendars and blank designer
notebooks are also available, missing only your own inspiration to fill them.
Sculptor Éva Farkas-Pap, the creative
force behind Misija Design, conceived of pocket sculptures that simultaneously
bring back the collecting passion of childhood and become the most revered
treasures in your household. The number of hours spent at home has multiplied exponentially,
so for many, the home environment and the objects you surround yourself with
have become more valuable. The Misija’s flock of animals – cats, elephants,
birds, rabbits, hippos, wild boars, bulls, donkeys and dogs – are created from ceramics,
wood and concrete. Misija Design is also working with community workshops through Segítő
Vásárlás (Helpful Shopping) who
employ people with disabilities. With Misija figurines, you not only jazz up your
home but also support a good cause.
Fight the chill with these
eco-friendly knit products! At OAT AVA, everything is made from the highest-quality natural
materials, an alternative to tacky fast fashion, for children and adults alike.
Available items range from oversized jumpers with full sleeves to button-up
cardigans, scarves and even some darling matching sets! The shop is run by Ági
and Vanessza, who studied textile design together and soon became fast friends,
and all their clothes are made with experienced professionals from a small,
family-run Hungarian knitting operation.
When you’re next venturing
into the great outdoors, instead of plastic bags, take
zero-waste Shamo bags, created by Nusi Mohácsi with the aim of promoting a more sustainable and simpler life. Canvas, linen,
waterproof and net bags made from recycled curtains provide a great alternative
when you’re going to the market, too. For excursions, Shamo bags ensure you can
forget about aluminium foil, clingfilm and disposable plastic: with wooden
cutlery and plates, sandwich-wrapping textiles and kitchen towels, everything
is provided for a waste-free trip. These products can also perform other
functions in everyday life, creating the foundations for a more sustainable
SUSU ceramic mugs
Picture a cold winter’s eve: what
better way to warm up than with a steaming mug of your favourite beverage?
Throw out those boring old mugs and check out SUSU ceramics, a delightfully
unique and refreshing selection fashioned by Flóra Bodnár and Szaffi Asbóth.
Their creations play with the world of shapes, patterns and cheerful colours,
pastel colours given gold accents and cute faces featuring abstract blemishes.
In addition to their mugs and cups, you can also find plates, vases, fruit
bowls and other household miscellany.