Printa, the coolest design store in Budapest
Printa is a unique combination of a design store, an open silkscreen studio, a gallery, and a coffeeshop: a concept store, as they call themselves. We often make it a stop on the Design Tour and the Jewish Tour as well to show you the creativity of the local artists, and our guests love it, so we decided to sign up for a silkscreen printing workshop to understand how the prints are made exactly. Click on any photo to open the gallery!
It is the best place if you are looking for non-tacky souvenirs, they have a whole line of Budapest related posters, notebooks, T-shirts, tote-bags, postcards and more. They are 100% made in Hungary, and they have a great style that fits modern apartments and people as well, not like the embroidery and pottery you can get in normal souvenir shops.
The specialty coffee movement of Budapest also started here: the owner of the famous Espresso Embassy, Várady Tibor, started here a few years ago in a corner, playing with the broad possibilities of good quality, light roast coffee, making Printa the mecca of coffee enthusiasts in Budapest.
Now let’s step into the workshop! You can find it in the back, always open for the curious visitors. It is like an alchemist’s secret little cave, with tools and buckets of paint all over. Creativity is all around.
We are in the territory of Armand Máté, he will show us the basics of silksreen printing. I don’t want to give away any secrets, but here are a few photos about the process.
Yes, the redhead is me, trying not to screw it up for the second time.
One thing I learned is that printing is quite similar to wine making: it looks like a very romantic job, because it is creative and the outcome is so nice, but it is a lot of hard work, you have to be very careful and precise, and most of the job is just cleaning.
At Printa they take upcycling very seriously, most of the clothes, bags and even notebooks are made of recycled materials. They also reuse the leftover paint: they let it dry to make colorful jewellery of it!
You can also sign up for their Saturday workshops, and the best part: in the end you can take home the print you made. Or just book a private tour with us and we make sure that we include Printa in the itinerary.
Budapest, Rumbach Sebestyén u. 10.
Open: Monday – Saturday 11-19