The international design fair presents creative, innovative and unique pieces for everyone
In this age of mass produced individuality, it can be difficult to stand out amid generic furniture and clothing. But handcrafted, unique authenticity is still very much available – if you know where to look. Fortunately, there’s Blickfang, a three-day international design fair, which has gained a reputation as a hotbed for inventive furniture, jewelry, fashion and ceramics.
The biggest event of its kind in Germansphere, blickfang’s concept is simple: a curated look at the latest and greatest in applied design, with items purchasable on the spot. Great importance is attached to origin and quality, and the stories behind the pieces make it easy to get lost in the abundance of original ideas. Austrian designer Julia Skergerth, for example, deliberately decided against cities like London and New York, preferring to launch her footwear label JS closer to home in Vienna. Another local studio, Miyagi, creates sustainable underwear based on Japanese aesthetics – but the organic fibers are sourced in Austria. Numerous creators from further afield are represented as well: Dutch designer and trained goldsmith Emile van Hoogdalem presents furniture, lamps and jewelry with clear lines and pastel shades, as well as the minimalist, watercolor-inspired ceramics of Berlin-based Anna Badur (pictured). German-Russian designer Anastasiya Koshcheeva, combines ancient craftsmanship with a clear, modern touch to create functional bowls, vases, lamps and chairs out of birch bark, a fast-growing, sustainable material used for centuries. Jeweler Ramona Stelzer also takes a novel approach to recycling, combining durable, soft and elastic fish leather left over as an industrial byproduct with precious metals to create necklaces, rings and earrings.
Perhaps best of all, all of the 150 designers are on site and eager to chat, helping you uncover each piece’s aesthetic potential, features and qualities. The air of individuality and custom craftsmanship is inspiring for all design lovers, maker devotees and interior decorators – and you can take a little piece of it home.
Oct 27-29, MAK. 1., Stubenring 5. blickfang.com