Walking into this old-school kitchen-goods retailer is like stepping 50 years into the past: The space is simple and rustic, weathered shelves heave with practical, well-designed cookware, and the pace of the sales help is unhurried to the point that you half expect them to take an espresso break between transactions. From Buenos Aires' San Telmo neighborhood store listing.
Created and run by a coterie of artists, this studio-shop showcases the work of more than 100 different names in the world of Buenos Aires design, from animators and architects to ceramicists and painters. From Buenos Aires' San Telmo neighborhood store listing.
Cardboard candelabras, pendant lamps wrapped with images of birch forests, and earthenware cups printed with tongue-in-cheek delft-style windmills are just some of the strikingly unusual-—yet remarkably practical—pieces at this home accessories store.
For more than a decade, this gallery/store has been Amsterdam's go-to spot for the latest from emerging product designers. The current vogue for mixing elegant and esoteric is apparent in many offerings here; two standouts are graphic Hella Jongerius earthenware dishes (produced in conjunction with a 400-year-old Dutch ceramics firm), and grandmotherly Job Smeets damask tablecloths subversively festooned with silhouettes of hand grenades and fighter jets.
Blanketed with tapestries and lined with cases displaying exquisite jewelry from Madagascar to Mumbai, Baobab goes beyond your run-of-the-mill importer. Everything has a detail that makes it extra special, whether it's a necklace fringed with bits of snake vertebrae or an ikat scarf dyed in an especially vibrant color combination.
When it comes to antique markets, Amsterdam's claim to fame is this Mondays-only affair, conveniently located within walking distance of the city center. From 9-ish am to about 2 in the afternoon weekly, a mix of locals and tourists descends on a canalside cobblestone square to scour card tables heaped with collectibles, including mounted antelope skulls, art deco ashtrays, and curvy plastic telephones, all from a hybrid of eras.
Het Grote Avontuur is a bilevel spot loaded with amusing trinkets from all over the world, including Russian nesting dolls and tasseled chiffon Chinese lanterns.
Design shop & K Centraal, a year-old offshoot of & Klevering Zuid, has a more expansive collection of creative odds and ends than its sister shop (our picks: ceramic chicken eggcups and appliquéd patchwork hangers).
Situated in an old tiled butcher shop, this tableware purveyor seems straight out of another era. Cherry-print pitchers and lattice-design mugs hang from the original meat hooks, while stacks of bowls and sugar-and-creamer sets rest on wrought-iron bread racks.
Three Calabrian sisters teamed up to open this sleek three-year-old shop, which sells all things midcentury modern for the home: furniture, tabletop items, and an impressive selection of Murano glass vases.