Do design, art and architecture inspire you to travel more? Are you part-time adventurer, part-time museum fiend? Do you seek out design shops and architecture tours while pre-planning your trip? Are you as excited to experience unique buildings as you are tackling rolling hills on your bike? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we’d probably be excellent travel partners. As an extremely visual person, discovering and immersing myself in another country’s art and design world is the quickest way for me to get a sense of this new-to-me place. It turns out, you and I are not alone – the world is full of design tours, museum must-sees and photographer dream walks. Sharing my favourite finds here:
Quite possibly the reason that Copenhagen, Denmark has been cited as the happiest place on earth has something to do with how incredible their architecture and design is. With plenty of beautiful home design shops scattered throughout the city, you’ll find all sorts of Scandinavian-inspired treasures to take home with you. Apartment Therapy’s guide to design in Copenhagen delves in past the usual design shops and into breweries, cafes and more – all of which will give your inner interior designer a little thrill.
Ah, Paris. The city of lights. Beautifully designed and carefully hung lights, of course. Paris is the ultimate destination for anyone with a love of architecture, fine art and of course, beautiful design. Anne Ditmeyer, a Paris-loving local who is fluent in both English and French will take you on a guided walking tour of the best design destinations in the city. Really love Paris? You should probably also sign up for her Amelie’s Paris tour where she will take you to all of the famous spots from the film. She even brings a gnome along with her for photo ops!
Berlin will bend your mind in so many ways you never knew possible. With street art and graffiti on nearly ever corner, you’ll be blown away by the way this city embraces all kinds of artists and truly encourages a design-inspired life. Hop on this walking tour of Berlin’s street art, interact with the artists themselves and also participate in an art workshop where you will get to take home your own street art piece.
While IKEA may be your first dip into Swedish design, it certainly won’t be your last after you indulge in a whirlwind design-focused trip to Stockholm. Design Sponge has compiled an insane and overwhelmingly good guide to the city focusing on everything beautiful and worthy of a magazine spread. From sweets to clothing design to home décor, this city will leave you feeling speechless and wanting to completely redecorate your home.
Whether you are a shop owner, a shopping fiend or you just love good examples of interior design, you should book yourself in for the West End Retail Design Tour in London, England. A 3-hour walking tour (wear appropriate yet stylish footwear!) discover how incredible shop design can be and how the consumer moves about in a well-designed space. You’ll like pick up some treasures along the way so make sure you bring a tote or backpack to stow away your previous designer cargo.