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 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 totalling 20000sq. meters
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.
Polar light – a snow harnessing winter lamp by a design student using renewable and ecological materials
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. http://www.annikaschüler.de
Rachel Kollerup is a Danish designer and known for timeless fashion pieces while being environmentally responsible. http://www.rachelkollerup.com
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.
A few urban design ideas to make my mouth water