7 India Souvenirs for Design-savvy Travelers

If your idea of a ‘unique India souvenir’ is a Ganesha trinket or a cheap hippie bag, then read on. We’ve scoured India’s best concept stores and design studios to pick some of our favorite gifts to bring back home. ‘Sar: The Essence of Indian Design’ book Indian households harbor a wealth of interesting objects:…

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Vernacular Frenzy — 11 Everyday India Souvenirs

India’s best souvenirs aren’t found in gift shops and craft markets, but in places where the locals do their everyday shopping. From household items to kitchen utensils, we selected some of our favorite finds.  Where to find it Most of these items are some common, you’re bound to find them before you even start looking.…

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The French touch — Scarlette boutique hotel in New Delhi

What is it with the French and their ways of making any space look effortlessly chic? Staying at Scarlette, a small-scale boutique hotel in New Delhi, feels like entering the set of an ELLE Decor or AD shoot, complete with carefully arranged magazine stacks and precisely positioned picture frames, but peppered with a heavy je…

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Thai Innovative Craft — a contemporary take on traditional techniques

When you combine the techniques of traditional artisans with the direction of some of Bangkok’s most creative minds, magic is bound to happen. Last month, we had the honour of joining SACICT (The Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand) and 56thStudio on a visit to local craftsmen and communities in and around Chiang…

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10 Thailand souvenirs that don’t suck

Let’s be honest: did you really like that tiny tuk-tuk, paper umbrella or tacky buddha statue your friends brought you as a souvenir from their Thailand trip? Probably not. That’s why we’ve selected 10 unique gifts, so you don’t have to be *that* friend. Most of these items are locally made and exclusively available in…

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Weird and wonderful — Papaya Studio in Bangkok

Part vintage store, part photo studio and part museum, Papaya Studio is a place unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Grown from a collection of classic furniture and random oddities accumulated over the last 25 years by the eccentric shop owner, Mr. Tong, this massive depot now houses one of the largest vintage and antique collections in…

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Interior envy — Bangkok’s most well-designed Airbnb apartments

We sure do love ourselves a stay in a posh hotel or a well-designed boutique B&B, and luckily, Bangkok has no shortage of those. However, there’s something about these Airbnb’s that makes us forget about room service and pool access… Original Shophouse in Chinatown Located above a small tapas bar in a beautifully renovated Sino-Portuguese…

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