Shops championing their local creative communities around the globe.
Cape Town — stable.org.za
Filled with vibrant eye candy of every ilk, Stable has since 2013 been the go-to shop for home decor created by up-and-coming South African designers. More than 115 local brands currently sell their wares through Stable, both in the store and online, ranging from rose gold flatware to cowhide wingback chairs and even handbags made of wood.
Los Angeles — poketo.com
What started in 2003 with a few inexpensive yet artistically designed wallets has since turned into a lifestyle brand and all-around creative hub. Helping patrons integrate aesthetic intentionality into the everyday, Poketo now presents a wide collection of carefully curated goods — think colorful cards and graphic totes, mid-century modern furnishings and more. In addition to its three LA-based locations, all of which host art exhibitions and workshops, Poketo also runs an online store.
Mumbai — kultureshop.in
Known for promoting Indian graphic art, Kulture Shop emerged in 2014 with the belief that creative work should not just sit in galleries or homes of the rich and famous. By bringing together urban artists and turning their work into affordable products such as art prints, laptop sleeves and pillow cases, the shop has steadily grown and drawn attention from the likes of Lonely Planet (which dubbed Kulture “Mumbai’s coolest shop”), actor Dev Patel and even the Apple team in California. The shop now represents more than 40 Indian artists across the globe and just recently opened a second location in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai’s trendy arts district.
Oslo — norwaydesigns.no
The Swedes may dominate the spotlight for Scandinavian design, but for more than half a century, this multilevel shop has done its best to show that Norway’s designers stand toe-to-toe with their neighbors to the east. Focusing on high-quality Nordic pieces that blend form and function — ranging from ceramic housewares to vibrant textiles and vintage-inspired art prints — Norway Designs puts the best of the region’s brands and their small-scale products on display.