Go inside the worlds of art, fashion, design, and lifestyle.
For those traveling to Venice for the 57th Venice Biennale, VIVA ARTE VIVA, we’ve created Whitewaller Venice for you. In it, alongside a selection of top exhibitions and events, you’ll find hand-picked lifestyle destinations that are not to be missed. And if you’re in need of a little retail therapy, we’re created a list of shopping destinations for you to be sure and visit.
OFFICINE904’s philosophy is “less is more,” but that doesn’t undermine the incredible craftsmanship behind the handbags they sell. Since 2010, this multidisciplinary studio has been bringing together the art, fashion, design, and architecture worlds to celebrate original handbag design with a unique boutique concept.
Whitewaller recommends: The AVB bag.
Designed by Mario Botta, Querini Stampalia Bookshop—known as Qshop—is a bookshop and goods store offering publications on contemporary art, design, photography, and especially, the exhibitions and collections at Fondazione Querini Stampalia. The store also sells photography, silverware, glassware, and other unique home items.
Whitewaller recommends: Being sure not to overlook the jewelry and silk scarves.
San Marco 801
San Marco 801 originated in 1972 and is located just a few steps from St. Mark’s Square. From Murano glass chandeliers to handmade papier-mâché commedia dell’arte masks, the store offers an array of special products that are perfect for gifts.
Whitewaller recommends: The handcrafted figurines.
Founded in 1984 by Mario Belloni, Ca’ Macana is a family-operated business and a mecca of handmade masks. With hundreds of different options for styles and molds, the store focuses on traditional Venetian, theater, and carnival masks for the traditional events.
Whitewaller recommends: Enrolling in the store’s decoration workshop.
Caigo da Mar
Caigo da Mar is a specialty store in the San Samuele area that offers luxurious and decorative home items. Objects from artists and artisans like Piero Fornasetti and Cire Trudon stand out among other furniture, jewelry, and home accessories.
Whitewaller recommends: The selection of scented candles and perfume.
Le Fórcole di Saverio Pastor
Known for his standout fórcole (the oar posts used on gondolas and other Venetian boats), Saverio Pastor creates objects that are both functional and beautiful at Le Fórcole di Saverio Pastor. Found between the Guggenheim Collection and the church of La Madonna della Salute, his workshop presents centuries-old techniques met with contemporary design by way of elbow-shaped carved forms from single pieces of wood.
Whitewaller recommends: Stopping by the shop to see Pastor craft his famous fórcole in person.
T Fondaco dei Tedeschi
Debuted by DFS Group in October 2016, T Fondaco dei Tedeschi delivers prestige shopping, culture, and entertainment for its visitors. On the Grand Canal in one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world, the store shines from within a historic landmark building, offering an exceptional selection of luxury products. In its expansive space, shoppers can find accessories, jewelry, beauty products, fragrances, food, wines, spirits, and more. Seen as more than just a shopping destination, T Fondaco dei Tedeschi also hosts events and exhibitions, and is known as a city cultural hub.
Whitewaller recommends: Visiting AMO for a delicious snack made by the Alajmo family.
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