Budapest Design Week (er, month more like) has had no shortage of markets, fairs and strange names. We decided to take a look at Kreatim, an artisan market held four times per year, housed in the amazing
With a roof like this, you just know there are good things inside:
Like this ceiling. My gosh:
Because there was a small admission fee, we took the opportunity to take in the museum exhibits, also, including an amazing art deco exhibit where I managed to snap one forbidden photo for you. I am 100% going to weld some nested tables just. like. these.
The admission fee also had the welcome side effect of smaller crowds and, overall, delightfully fewer instances of pushing, shoving and being touched by strangers. Which I am learning is a privilege I have taken for granted back home (the not being touched by random people at random times. I often feel like a sardine here – we will walk 5km home to avoid the packed streetcar, but that’s another story for another day. Back to the pretties).
We didn’t buy anything from this market (applause, please, for the restraint we exercised), although I am tempted to buy some of Mester Borbala’s prints of Budapest, that feature abstracted city scenes mixed with Hungarian text.
I go weak in the knees for anything with text (exhibit A, exhibit B, exhibit C), and Hungarian text is just extra enticing (exhibit D). I still need some thinking time, though. Like I mentioned yesterday, Hungary & I have a history of bad decisions.
|Parliament, Image from Mester’s Blog|
|Image from Mester’s Blog|
|The streetcar stop that takes us to the library; Image from Mester’s Blog|
At Nemurimuri, a market/installation (that was so wee, we almost walked right by), we did take the plunge and pulled out the Hungarian Forints. We each bought this cute print by Tascali David (“lesz” is a Hungarian word that sounds like “less” and the saying means, roughly, “it will be how it will be,” a spin on our “it is what it is” – which is an expression Hubby despises, so I only love this more).
Imagine a whole wall of quirky graphic art:
I also bought this tote:
I desperately want a tote with Hungarian text (mmmm, text, text, text) but this saying was so perfect for me! Plus the tote is handmade in Hungary with a neat design twist: the bow snaps off and is interchangeable (I also have yellow, orange and brown bows!
Now it’s back to work for me!!