10/15/2011

Bolhapalota - The Flea Palace


Bolhapalota Budapest


Anker köz 2-4, 1061 Budapest

Best route via M1,M2,M3 Metro Deák Ferenc Tér

Monday to Saturday 11.00 – 19.00


 "Our shop Bolhapalota is a curiosity, which never before wasexisting in our country! We offer unique oppurtunities for allour lovely guests. Not only the used goods, but also theunique design-products! If you have a lot of stuff at home,think over the following: The odds and ends may be alsolucrative! By the way, which is worthless to you may bea treasure to another! Gifts for any occasions and anyage can be found here. If you don´t know what to buy for your mum or for your love, just step in!"

I adore flea markets. Flea markets are whole different dimension. Going to a flea market is like time travel, a trip to foreign lands, a peek into other families’ lives.


There are a few flea markets in my hometown, Budapest, but it was always a disappointment for me to visit them as there was riffraff eveywhere and I always thought why can’t we do this like Austrians? - for example, Naschmarkt. As I already mentioned, it’s definitely not like that. Anyways, I am disappointed in flea markets here and I almost gave up every hope, until during an afternoon walk in the city with a friend we discovered this shop. I immediately fell in love with it and decided to go back. I did. This shop was Bolhapalota.


Bolhapalota from the street


On the outside of the shop
The shop - located at 2-4 Anker-köz in the 6th District of Budapest - is a crowded and chaotic wonderland. If you love to browse for hours,  like me, to find true treasures and dozens of funny and weird and interesting things, this is your place to be.
I've never seen a shop so fascinating and special. You can find literally anything and everything from porcelain vases to vintage cameras, handmade unique design jewelry, Louis Vuitton knockoffs, fur coats, Lenin portraits...and the list goes on and on. I admittedly love vintage stores and antique stuff, but Bolhapalota is taking the experience to a whole new level. 








The shop works with a pretty interesting system. You can rent selves, hangers, walls and other surfaces for one week or one month, bring anything you want to sell and just let them sell throughout the time you paid for. 

"You simply rent the space for your stuff. Sale and Accounting will be handled by BOLHAPALOTA for you. Conveniently and quickly. BOLHAPALOTA requires no commission. You pay only for the leased area." 

I think it's a great system for those who would normally sell on eBay only don't want to look after it so much or pay for the shipping and handling and for people who just want to sell their stuff that they don't use but is still in good condition and totally usable.








"You like to browse at flea markets, are looking for cheap opportunities, or the odd little treasure? You like unique design objects and jewelry? Then BOLHAPALOTA, the real wonder shop, is just right for you! Stay tuned for our regularly changing assortment."
I was amazed by the design jewelry, first of all. I found these rings (first picture below this paragraph) that are like cupcakes, still they look somehow elegant. They cost 3000 HUF a piece which is less than $ 15. Also, I seriously fell in love with the vintage cameras right next to the entrance, they are all working and in impeccable condition and cost about $ 30 each.









Other approaches: the staff is really very nice; the shop is big enough so it's probably never too crowded; all the pieces they sell are in great condition; Bolhapalota is located nearby the only metro station in Budapest where all three metros have a stop so it's totally easy to get there; the ambiance of the whole place is just can't be described.

I'd say I'm sorry for putting too many photos in the post but I totally think it's worth it as this way you can see how amazing the place is - I would say this is the first vintage/secondhand/crazy shop in town that I would actually recommend!

Let me know what you think and if you have any similar shops in your town! 
Visit Bolhapalota's website here for rent prices and more info and see more pictures below! Leave a comment ;) x



























10/13/2011

Workaholic by Manier @ Millenaris

"The new collection of Anikó Németh, designer of Manier presents the garderobe of an active, working woman. Leaving the „doll-house” behind, clothes suitable for different everyday situations are presented at this year's fashion theatre realised with the by now traditional participation of the Manier Muses, Veronika Harcsa and Andrew J. For practising mothers, business women and tractor girls alike."
On the 5th of October, the Manier fashion show took place at an event hall in Budapest, Millenaris at 9 PM.
"This popular atelier run by talented Hungarian designer Anikó Németh sells women's clothing, with designs ranging from quirky to totally outrageous. The haute-couture salon and personal shopping department is just down the street, off Váci utca."

Honestly I'm not a huge fan of her designs, mostly because she kind of makes the same types of clothes since about the middle '90s and because I think she lacks variety and has been designing similar variations since the 90’s. However, I admit that in a way she's utterly talented. 
She claims to use an intellectual approach and special composing methods when she dreams the clothes. Also, she’s known to design her pieces for ageless, adventurous women who are open, creative, playful, and not afraid to really experience their sexuality and consciously convey a message by the way they dress.


This show was dissapointing to me, mainly because I was registered for a media seat (by media seat, I mean front row seat) but then when I arrived it turned out there was no reservation in my name. Luckily, we got in anyway, but we had to sit in the 4th row so there was no way I could take good photos (and someone near us smelled of onions so much).  

Besides the seating problems, the runway was not even a runway; it was more of a scene with a dark band in the middle and the models were walking around in such an annoyingly un-choreographed way that the only time when I could actually take good pictures of them was when they were in the middle, but then again, no lighting. I got mad and gave up after a while.

At the end of the show - and this part was weird for both me and my friend, Anna - the models kind of froze on the "runway", got spotlighted and the members of the audience could walk around them and take photos and even touch them.

That was when I could take a few usable pictures but unfortunately not every model (and hence not every outfit) was present by then. 





The designer used a lot of silk, cotton poplin shirts, fancy shoes (me and Anna, we loved the shoes, they were almost the only reason we actually enjoyed the show), effortlessly elegant, playful, feminine compositions.

Highlighted waistlines, ruffles, crazy hair-design and the colors black, white, gray and red characterized the Workaholic pieces, while fortunately organza and muslin, which are so often used by the designer, were left out of the collection this time.










All in all I'd say I've seen better shows in my life and I don't really think the collection is fashionable and would be considered 'in' this season, but all in all, the main characteristics on the clothes and the idea behind it all was not bad. 
If I were the designer of Manier, I would have spent the money on something else, as this show didn't really worth it, but I might be the only one to think this as Hungarian media seemed to dig it all.
See a video of the entire collection below and let me know what you think! x



Exhibition @ FISE Gallery - Part 2.

"Commercially available objects of high quality that have been introduced at the Gallery of the Studio of Young Artists Association (FISE) in the past five years are showcased at the exhibition, yet this time the installations are not based on functions, but on style: superfunctions, upcycling, top design, souvenir. The unusual exhibition aims at introducing visitors into present day Hungarian design through successful small serial products that can even be taken home a few hours after seeing them."

Last Tuesday afternoon I called my friend and begged him to come with me to this gallery which I never heard of to see this exhibition I did't know anything about. 
Lucky me, he's cool enough, so we got on the metro, got off at the Hungarian Parliament and walked about 8 blocks until finally we arrived at the tiny gallery - which I'd never have noticed otherwise. 
I thought most of the exhibition was going to be useless for me, full of interior design stuff and, like, vases and special forks or whatever...well I was wrong. It was mostly about fashion. Mostly in this case means 10 of the 13 exhibited items were fashion-related in one way or another.

Exhibition promo photo by FISE


Matyó Jewelry Collection by LOKALwear

"The Matyó flowers are one of Hungary’s most distinctive folk art symbols. Originally from the Northeastern town of Mezőkövesd these beautiful flower patterns are believed to have developed in the 19th century by local women and are still used today as traditional embroidery motifs.With the aim of exposing local traditions and culture, LOKALwear has developed a contemporary jewelry line, combining the traditional emblematic Matyó flower patterns reinterpreted in distinct up-to-date materials and colors." 
The pieces are made of polystyrene, available in emerald green, ivory, black, red and metallic blue. The collection includes cuff links, necklaces and earrings.


Let's see: it's basically all plastic. The colors sound good, but if you look closer, it's all cheap paint or at least it looks like it (based on the LOKALwear webshop as obviously they were smart enough to only display the black and the ivory pieces on the exhibition).
As for cuff links, they are hinged back cuff links which is also a bit lame if you ask me and they're not even real silver. Also, I'm a fan of fun cuff links and it can definitely spice up an everyday shirt but I just can't get over the fact that the earrings and these cuff links are basically the same only with different hardware. If I were a guy, I'd never wear earrings as cufflinks. Would you?



The prices are too high in my opinion - $ 25.50 for a pair of flower cuff links, $ 14 for a pair of stud earrings, $ 38 for chandelier earrings and necklaces from $ 16 to even $ 50.I personally think those who can afford these products would rather buy something brand name for the same price or sometimes even less - this 6-pack of stud earrings at H & M is $ 4.95 for example and the rose studs look almost exactly like the LOKALwear studs. 


All in all I would say the idea is not bad. I mean it does sound good to revive the “folkloric” pattern, the Matyó flowers in a trendy way, but it should be actual high quality and truly stylish, there should be a creative touch to it which there is not in LOKALwear's collection.


Visit the LOKALwear website here and let me know what you think and if you agree with me or not! x

10/11/2011

Exhibition @ FISE Gallery - Part 1.

"Commercially available objects of high quality that have been introduced at the Gallery of the Studio of Young Artists Association (FISE) in the past five years are showcased at the exhibition, yet this time the installations are not based on functions, but on style: superfunctions, upcycling, top design, souvenir. The unusual exhibition aims at introducing visitors into present day Hungarian design through successful small serial products that can even be taken home a few hours after seeing them."
Last Tuesday afternoon I called my friend and begged him to come with me to this gallery which I never heard of to see this exhibition I did't know anything about. 
Lucky me, he's cool enough, so we got on the metro, got off at the Hungarian Parliament and walked about 8 blocks until finally we arrived at the tiny gallery - which I'd never have noticed otherwise. 
I thought most of the exhibition was going to be useless for me, full of interior design stuff and, like, vases and special forks or whatever...well I was wrong. It was mostly about fashion. Mostly in this case means 10 of the 13 exhibited items were fashion-related in one way or another.

Exhibition promo photo by FISE

The Krocc Collection by Judit Ducsai 



The bag the model holds on the promo picture of the whole exhibition is a Judit Ducsai creation, it's a piece of the Klocc Bags Collection, an exam project that won the Hungarian Design Awards' special prize in 2011. The collection consists of several different types of bags - purses, handbags and even backpacks. 




The minimalist design bags are made of organic felt, a non-woven fabric that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing woollen fibres.
The bags' most important property - based on the official description which is nowhere to be found in English unfortunately - is that they are not tailored and reinforced at all. Each piece comes with a leather handle and good quality zippers. 
At first glance it's obvious that these earthy color bags are rigid, they lack the flexibility I personally look for in a bag. Ask any girl or woman, I bet they would say loose, soft bags are a lot more comfortable to carry around. My personal experience is that whenever I have my red Mango bag with me all day, for example, in the end I wish I never bought that damn stark bastard whose zipper cuts my hand every time I try to get my phone or wallet out, only because it's so inflexible it won't even open up enough. The days I have a huge tote on my shoulder on the other hand are pretty comfy days, everything fits into them and nothing can stop me from searching through the whole black-hole just to find my lipgloss on the very bottom of it. I bet women get my point.  
Besides rigidity, the obvious characteristics are the elliptical shape which looks very Scandinavian to me and that it doesn't look like a handbag really, more like a rugby ball maybe..?
Anyways, I see no function to it, it's not practical, only the form is why it's special and what could make it sell.


Above you can see it really does look better as interior decoration, but the function still isn't clear to me. These things are just baskets that you throw stuff into and then leave it there as if you cleaned the room but you just shoved them in a handle-less bag instead. 

All in all, I would not buy neither the bags nor the storage things, mostly because if I want to be entirely honest, the ones I've seen in real life didn't look so good quality to me. 

Comment and tell me if you like this design or not! Would you rock the handbag? x
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