Contemporary design hubs/stores in Mexico City? Eindhoven?
December 7, 2016 6:59 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for suggestions of boutiques, museum stores, experimental design studios, and the like in fertile design centers not in the U.S. (online stores or willingness to ship to the U.S. is a necessity)?

I'd like to have some fun finding gifts for the holidays before whoknowswhat happens to trade. This is my gimmick, anyway, and it's been fun so far but I need some suggestions. Basically, I've been happily translating web pages to try to find smallish boutiques, museum stores, design studios, and the like where I can find products, textiles, scarves, tabletop accessories, whatever -- designed (well) ... obviously I'm making this harder than it has to be but it's fun and interesting. Would love some direction from MeFites, as I'm starting to spin my wheels ....
posted by essenescence to Shopping (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Droog ships worldwide.
posted by DelusionsofGrandeur at 7:52 AM on December 7, 2016

The online store of Spiral Gallery (Tokyo). They don't seem to ship internationally, so you'd need to use a package-forwarding service, but they've got really cool stuff.

I stumbled across this (German) webshop, which seems to be the online presence for the (Dutch) Groningen Museum's gift shop. Go figure. Looks like international shipping is €40.
posted by adamrice at 8:27 AM on December 7, 2016

As far as I can see, Manufactum ships internationally.
posted by Too-Ticky at 8:41 AM on December 7, 2016

Some Dutch design shops that ship internationally:
- Wannekes
- Gimmii
- Bijzondermooi
- Flinders

Their websites are mainly in Dutch though. However, I suspect that if you contact them, they'll gladly help you in English. Let me know if you need any help or if you'd like more sites like these.
posted by Ms. Next at 11:31 AM on December 7, 2016

HAY don't ship, but it looks like they have a presence at the MOMA Design Store in New York.
posted by DelusionsofGrandeur at 2:00 PM on December 7, 2016

Do clothes work? 180 degrees in Mexico City sells stuff I haven't found elsewhere. (I have only bought from them in person, not online)
posted by (Over) Thinking at 7:02 PM on December 7, 2016

Response by poster: Thanks for the thoughtful responses. I'm verging now toward Mexican, but I've decided the source can be here as long as it was designed in Mexico. Let me know if you have any more thoughts, MeFite braintrust! : ) Thanks again!
posted by essenescence at 8:32 PM on December 8, 2016

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