You are all fed up with the tacky T-shirts and fridge magnets made in China, right? Budapest is getting better and better with creative souvenirs, but there is still space for improvement. This was one of the topics that inspired the creators behind the Budapest Design-képletek (Budapest Design-Formulas) exhibition.

Budapest Projekt Gallery

Students and professors of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design came up with really original concepts around the image of the Hungarian capital. Some of their big themes were the souvenirs, the child-friendly city, mobile apps, and visual concepts. Of course we are most interested in the first! So let’s see some of our favourites.

Wearing a necklace like these is like having a secret affair with Budapest. Only you will know what it means, and you will smile remembering your fantastic days in the city every time somebody will ask about it.

Budapest necklace

An other great example of jewellery that serves as a subtle reminder of your love for architecture: ceramic pearls inspired by the Zsolnay rooftops that are like pearls on the Budapest skyline. Without Zsolnay we would have a very different Art Nouveau heritage, and it is definitely something that makes you fall in love with this city!

Budapest roof inspired pearl

What is something that makes us famous here? Of course, the thermal water! But did you know that you can also drink it, not just bathe in it? In fact it is something that can be prescribed by doctors around here. Take a few drops of this magical liquid with you in these stylish ceramic bottles.

Budapest Thermal Water

Talking about magical liquids: the younger generation’s biggest motivation to come to Budapest is visiting the mysterious ruin bars. So why not bring the atmosphere home with you with these bohemian ceramic mugs and bottles?

Budapest Ruin Bars

Unfortunately these objects are not for sale (yet), but if you would like to find similarly creative souvenirs for your loved ones (and for yourself!), sign up on our Budapest 101 Design Tour, we will make sure to take you to workshops and stores where everything is designed and made by local artists and designers.

To see the full exhibition go to Budapest Projekt Gallery until the 25th of February, 2017. A must for design buffs! And good news for the low-budget travellers: it’s completely for free!

Budapest Design-képletek // Budapest Design-Formulas exhibition
Budapest Projekt Gallery
Kossuth Lajos street 14-16, 1053
February 3-25, 2017
Tuesday to Sunday 2 pm – 8 pm

Budapest Mugs

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Judit is the founder and guide of Budapest 101