Designer’s Open.. Right Up My Alley!

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A few weeks ago I happen to check out the Designer’s Open in Leipzig’s renowned Trade Fair with my mom-in-law and talk about inspiration and all things pretty! The Designer’s Open was a weekend event hosting small, mainly German vendors that promoted the art of design in many different aspects. It was like ‘Art Fair’ exploded into a million different directions including ecological architectural projects, innovative furniture to free-trade fashion and hand-made porcelain jewellery, just to name a few.

Needless to say, I was in awe and couldn’t help but immerse myself and meet these vendors. I had the chance to chat with a few of these amazing designers/vendors to learn about their passion and some quirky inside stories including a new French company based in Berlin called Carrot & Peanuts. The gentlemen who co-owned this mens undergarment business told me that part of the company’s name rooted from his nickname “Carrot” because the Germans had difficulties pronouncing his real name – Corentin – properly.

Just outside the Leipzig Messe grounds

Just outside the Leipziger Messe grounds

Leipzig's Trade Fair has history dating back to the late 12th century. The new Trade Fair now has 6 exhibition halls 20000sq. meter in size

Leipzig’s Trade Fair has history dating back to the late 12th century. The new Trade Fair now has 6 exhibition halls totalling 20000sq. meters

So impressed by this retro car now suped up to serve espressos and a turn table to entertain the crowd

So impressed by this retro car now suped up to serve espressos in the back and a turn table on the side to whoop-whop the crowd

Couldn't help but try to be European drinking coffee while shopping.

Couldn’t help but try to be European drinking coffee while shopping.

Polar light - a snow harnessing winter lamp by a design student using renewable and ecological materials

Polar light – a snow harnessing winter lamp by a design student using renewable and ecological materials

Tiny flower containers to add character to any home. www.miramoebius.de

Tiny flower containers to add character to any home. http://www.miramoebius.de

This cool pair produce stylish, ecological and I might add stable chairs made out of cardboard. www.vonPappe.com

This cool pair design and produce stylish, ecological and I might add stable chairs made out of cardboard. http://www.vonPappe.com

The most magnificent matchboxes one can find. The vendor hand crafts porcelain such as dinnerware and vases. www.anikaschüler.de

The most magnificent matchboxes one can find. The vendor hand crafts porcelain such as dinnerware and vases. http://www.annikaschüler.de

Rachel Kollerup is a Danish designer and known for timeless fashion pieces while being environmentally responsible. www.rachelkollerup.com

Rachel Kollerup is a Danish designer and known for timeless fashion pieces while being environmentally responsible. http://www.rachelkollerup.com

Claudia Köcher and her haute hat collection. She will also make custom hats! www.die-zwillingsnadeln.de

Claudia Köcher and her haute hat collection. She will also make custom hats! http://www.die-zwillingsnadeln.de

Claudia Köcher's most prized and expensive piece. Part of her bridal collection, the petals were hand formed and every single sequin and bead was hand-sewn. €800. www.die-zwillingsnadeln.de

Die Zwillingsnadeln’s most prized and expensive headpiece. Part of her bridal collection, the petals were hand formed and every single sequin and bead was hand-sewn. €800. http://www.die-zwillingsnadeln.de

Claudia told us that her hats have become popular internationally, with Great Britain being one of them. I'd like to see the Duchess of Cambridge wear this one.

Claudia told us that her hats have become popular internationally, with Great Britain being one of them. I’d like to see the Duchess of Cambridge wear this one.

A few urban design ideas to make my mouth water

A few urban design ideas to make my mouth water

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