Destination: Austria: Vienna
SEE ALSO: Fashion & Accessories: Wie Wien
This store outpost of Vienna’s popular café and bar in the Spittelberg neighborhood sells designer furniture and home accessories, all displayed in a soaring white space near the Café Sperl. Closed Sunday.
Located on the corner of Theobaldgasse between the Naschmarkt and Museumsquartier, Habari merges high-end modern home decor with traditional African artifacts, textiles and jewelry. The word “Habari” means “Do you have a story to tell? Tell” in Swahili, and offers a range of products from one-off furniture made of suitcases and found wood, hand-woven textiles, and iconic recycled products from over 28 African countries.
Exquisite Lobmeyr glass can be bought all over the globe, but it’s worth visiting the Vienna headquarters on the Kärntnerstrasse, in a beautiful Art Nouveau building that has been meticulously restored. In the 19th century, Lobmeyr functioned as the official glassmaker for the imperial court (the royal family traveled with its own crystal, china and silver), and even today the business is family owned. The two-story boutique stocks most of the Lobmeyr lines, including Josef Hoffmann’s matte glasses with black bronzite details, which were designed at the height of the Art Nouveau era. Mixed in are exquisite porcelain collections, including Nymphenburg, Herend and locally made Augarten.
TIP: Upstairs is a small glass museum, where some pieces date to the 1830s. Until I visited the store, I was under the impression that the beautiful chandeliers at the Metropolitan Opera in New York were made by Swarovski, when in fact they were created by Lobmeyr using Swarovski crystals (a gift from the Austrian government in gratitude for the U.S.’s assistance in rebuilding the Vienna State Opera after World War II).
This is the place to purchase tickets for the museums of the MuseumsQuartier (tip: the MQ Duo Ticket is cheaper than buying each ticket separately). There is also a small boutique selling items by contemporary fashion and interior designers, so it’s a nice spot to shop for unique gifts. Watch for their “Designer of the Month” program, which has featured Sandra Gilles of La Petite Boutique. Open daily.
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