Best in Travel and Best in Design

Recently, Lonely Planet published their 2016 ‘Best in Travel’ lists. 

There are some truly fantastic destinations on those lists. We can’t deny that; and some are even listed among our ‘must-see’ destinations for 2016 for those who can’t get enough of fantastic design. Scroll down to see what destinations you should stop off at this year to satisfy your love of interesting design.


You may not think of Poland as a ‘hot spot’ for budding designers, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. From Gdansk to Krakow, Poland is brimming with amazingly talented designers. Our ‘must-sees’ include: Warsaw-based Studio Rygalik (focusing on furniture, products and spaces) and Puff-Buff Designs (lighting studio), Intriguing objects studio Rayz2 just outside of Gdansk and minimalist furniture designers Tabanda. Impressed? Get inspired by even more ‘must sees’ in Poland, right here.


Australia is known for some pretty spectacular fashion and architectural designs (hello Sydney Opera House!). Maybe it’s all the spectacular sunshine, but something about the land down under is inspiring to many designers. Check out Greg Natale’s studio just outside of Sydney; or if fashion is more your thing, Dion Lee’s experimental and modern designs would be a great addition to any wardrobe.


Who doesn’t think of New York when someone mentions the word ‘design’? However, there’s plenty of other cities in the States that are filled with up-and-coming designers. Minneapolis boasts fashion designer Joy Noelle, whose boutique filled with romantic and dreamy items are perfect for those looking to create their own fairytale. Or stop by the ‘Windy City’ of Chicago and take a peek at Michael Abrams’ interior designs for some beautiful inspiration.


Nestled on the Baltic Sea, Latvia is an often overlooked destination for travel in general. However, if you have a passion for design, a stop off in the capital city of Riga is definitely worth your time. If you’re a fan of art nouveau, then you’ll love the Art Nouveau Shop in Riga; brimming with beautiful art nouveau jewelry, art and just about everything else you can think of. For home furnishings, Peteris Ozolinsh Design House is brimming with inspiration drawn from classical designs.


Africa is filled with mesmerizing scenery and a rich culture, so it’s no wonder that designers often take inspiration from this continent. Based in Botswana, Black Trash creates edgy yet chic clothing that would fit right in on a runway in Paris. Sasa Interiors uses clean and elegant lines to create welcoming and homey spaces.

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