D&Department Seoul by MMMG has several floors dedicated to design goods. It exudes a hipster energy that attracts locals with an eye for the aesthetically pleasing. I find the first floor very interesting. It holds affordable well-designed products from Korea or Japan. I stop here every time I come back to Seoul; and I never leave without buying something!
Kagami Crystal’s exquisite crystal glassware is fit for high society. They are regularly used at royal households, as well as during state dinners and receptions for foreign dignitaries. All of the pieces are magnificent in their own right, but we suggest you zero in on the Edo Kiriko glass items. These are crafted by skilled artisans using an age-old glass-cutting technique, where patterns are carved on a multi-layer glass surface. It’s also worth noting that this method is considered an artform in Japan!
Bring home a piece of Venice—literally! The Fonderia Artistica Valese has cast metal into ornaments since 1913. In little touches of elaborate design, they’ve added to Venice’s splendor. Lamp posts and gondola decorations are just some of their masterpieces. On a smaller scale, they also make doorknobs and chandeliers for hotels.
Come home every day to a Lion Door-Knocker made in Venice. The winged lion is a popular emblem inspired by the city’s patron saint, Saint Mark. The Valese Foundry is on the outskirts of the Veneto region’s capital, but its boutique is quite near to Saint Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco).
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