Blickfang 16: Spot and Shop Hot New Design Trends

Blickfang 16: Spot and Shop Hot New Design Trends

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Blickfang 16:

Spot and Shop Hot New Design Trends

 

Blickfang 16: Spot and Shop Hot New Design Trends

Cutting-edge designer suits and blazers, award-winning blankets, rugs emblazoned with giant elk, custom belts, hemp clothing from Freitag, cool shoulder bags up-cycled from sails: You can’t get this stuff at the mall. But you can get it at Blickfang, the annual international design fair which celebrates innovative independent designers and hosts its 20th show in Zurich this weekend at the Kongresshalle.

Blickfang 2016 Zurich

Based in Stuttgart, Blickfang showcases small, independent designers who sell their products directly to customers at the show, and they produce an online shop which features an extended collection of products from show designers and beyond.

Blickfang 2016 Zurich Corinne Mausch

Corinne Mausch, Mayor of Zurich at the opening of Blickfang 2016

Each year, the shows, which run in Stuttgart, Basel, Hamburg and Zurich, among others, feature over 200 designers working in fashion, textile, furniture, and homegoods design.

Blickfang 2016 Zurich

A jury of experts selects the designers who make it into the show based on their works’ aesthetics, originality and quality, according to Joanna Wittmaack, Blickfang’s communication officer.

Blickfang 2016 Zurich

Blickfang visitors get the advantage of seeing cutting edge designs and buying unique items, often at reduced prices.

Blickfang 2016 Zurich

Some of the trends that emerged at the show this year are also well worth watching. These laptop bags by Sputnik Zurich are practical, made of recycled materials, assembled by disabled people and can be worn in many ways.

Blickfang 2016 Zurich

“Furniture that is black and technical is big this year and in textiles we saw a lot of bright colors where it is okay to mix them in different ways,” says Wittmaack.

Blickfang 2016 Zurich

Home textiles have also been carving out a bigger niche, she says “You aren’t going to buy a new couch every year, but people are realizing they can update their homes with new fabrics for drapes, pillow and blankets.”

Blickfang 2016 Zurich

Whether you are serious shopper or just want a quick “blick” at some cool trends, Blickfang ‘16 is worth a visit.

Blickfang 2016 Zurich

Blickfang 2016 is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is taking place at the Kongresshalle, Zurich on Sat 11am-8pm Sun: 11am to 6pm

For more info see here or read our previous article here. 

All photos by Carmen Sirboiu

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Article written  by Jennifer Lisle. Jennifer is a  Zurich-based freelance journalist who has written for The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and Elle, among many others.

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