furniture

 
 
 


In general, if you are buying furniture in Budapest you know the city at least as well as I do, but here are the places that I have come to rely on.


First, we buy mostly antiques, generally from comparatively low end sources with a sprinkling of fancier pieces to bring up the general ambience.  Occasionally we will have pieces refinished or rewired.  Our preferences lie in the flea market at Ecseri and in the outlets for a couple of pawn shops -- BAV on Becsi utca near Szervita ter and on the körút just at the end of Falk Miksa utca, and the pawnshop on Lonyay utca near Erkel -- and in a junk shop/antique shop on Vamhaz körút cammed Klapka.  As we move up the quality chain we noodle along Falk Miksa utca, and especially dwell in the basement catacombs of Pinter Antik.  See the Antiques chunk of this website.


For new items, there is a very upmarket design district sprouting up along Kiraly utca, and a more prosaic one out near Kika and Domus, the two major home furnishings department stores that sit facing each other across Lehel utca from each other on Róbert Károly körút glaring each other down like the monuments of capitalism (Kika) and socialism (Domus) that they are.  Both have a wide range of selection, less overlap than one would guess, and the two together make the trip out to the boonies worth the trek (not to mention their proximity to the best retes kitchen in the world, just next to Domus on Lehel.


For lamps Kika seems to have an unusually large selection, but there is a lamp shop on Lonyay utca where we have found at least a couple of bargains in modern lamps, as well as couple of shops specializing in lamps at Ecseri, and an extraordinary antique lamp shop on Nagymezo that never seems to be open but that is legendary for its holdings and ability to reproduce classic chandeliers.


For sofas, and especially convertibles, there's a very cheap, rather tacky, furniture store tucked away in the strip mall off the Nagyvarod stop of the Blue Metro line.  Big sign that says Butor Aruhaz or something like that.  The hard part is putting blinders on squarely enough to see the gems amidst the dross.  But gems there are, especially if you ask what alternative fabrics the sofas may come in...


And there's a little shop on Raday utca by Bakats ter that serves as the Budapest outlet of Inno Design, the 1960s hipster Scandinavian futon/furniture designer whose work still seems fresh.






 

Antique furniture is widely available and fun to shop for, especially Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, and Secessionist pieces...But there is an emerging modern market as well, and Kiraly utca is rapidly becoming a home design shopping magnet boulevard...