It's hard not be enamoured by the beautiful selection of objects found in HomeVice, a design concept store located in Barcelona's Born district. Given the backgrounds of the store owners - a Barcelona-based interior designer and Madrid-based art director - it's easy to see where the inspired selection comes from. Wanting to escape the elitist view usually attached to contemporary design, HomeVice displays local designer prototypes alongside well-established brands, which together are bound to please any given taste and budget. The space's stone-covered wall and bright parquet floors serve as a charming backdrop to the irresistible contemporary pieces peppered throughout the store: Sebastian Herkner lamps, enticing Iksos Berlin sofas, Scholten & Baijings table linen, Oskar Zieta stools, or a set of Octaevo notepads. In a store where each product marries style with substance, it's easy to assume that you're bound to return, sooner or later.
Recently, hybrid shop-cafés have been popping up all around Vienna, with all kinds of shops attached to them. The shop-café combo seems to be a popular concept in the sweet city of the traditional Kaffeehaus (Coffeehouse), Vienna. The small pop-up cafés themselves have not been around for long in the city. While in the past artists and philosophers used to sip on their Melanges (a Viennese version of a cappuccino), now one’ll find people trying on fashion while sipping on their creamy third-wave coffee. Here’s a list of our favourite shop-cafés combos around Vienna: Phil While the eclectic furniture scattered throughout the enclaves of this local institution is second-hand, the books that line its shelves are new. The selection of books are varied, yet have obviously been carefully selected to fit a young, hip demographic. You’ll also find a range of DVDs, records and CDs alongside the pretty books and the pretty hipster people. And sitting here listening to the background… Read more