International Design Fair Blickfang

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.

international design fair blickfang
// © blickfang Anna Badur design

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.

international design fair blickfang
// © blickfang Spolia design

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

 

Anja Stevic
Is a Croatian born writing for Metropole. After moving around, she decided to make Vienna her hometown, where she is currently pursuing her MSc in Communications. In her free time, she is attending exhibitions, photographing or analyzing data.

Help us help you

“Strong media and independent journalism are built on the shoulders of subscribers. Your support means the world to us.

Benjamin Wolf
COO & Managing Editor

The coronavirus outbreak affects and challenges your life in big and small ways. Metropole is here for you and we are proud to be your news source during this crisis.

But just as the coronavirus has increased the need for independent journalism, it has also undercut a major revenue source of media companies, ours included – advertising.

We need your support to keep it up – donate or subscribe and #helpushelpyou!

Support Metropole!


 

RECENT Articles

Coronavirus in Austria & Vienna | 714 New Infections

The coronavirus has arrived in Austria. Here’s all you need to know about current measures, including where to get help, information and tips – updated regularly.

Trump Praises Austrian “Forest Cities” With Exploding Trees

With some highly unusual comments meant to put California’s environmental management in a bad light, the U.S. president set off a twitter storm of mockery and once again exposed his ignorance of the world.

Hometown Explorers

As travel restrictions eviscerate Vienna’s hospitality sector, the city’s tour guides show locals the oddities, hidden spots and secrets of the city they call home.

How Romanian Artists Found Inspiration in Vienna

Throughout the ages, Vienna was a nexus for the literary, artistic, scientific and cultural creativity of many Romanians.

Torches on the Hill – Ultra-Conservatives March on the Kahlenberg

The Kahlenberg Church stands where an allied army gathered at dawn September 12, 1683 before sweeping down from the hills to break the Turkish siege of Vienna. Today it is both a cause for celebration and a rallying point for dubious arch-conservative fringe groups.

In Safety and Freedom, Romanian Entrepreneurs Found Success in Vienna

Romanians’ entrepreneurial spirit, long suppressed under the communist regime, is experiencing a renaissance – it can be felt even in Vienna.
 

METROPOLE NEWSLETTER

Join over 5,000 Metropolitans, who already get monthly news updates and event invitations.