Exactly one week ago we visited the Blickfang Zurich on its opening day. The design shopping event is by now a regular one in the Zurich November calendar and gathers together Swiss designers as well as international ones. During our tour, we met new faces and old friends and we share our favourites in this report.
Let’s start from Switzerland, meeting the so-called Ticino Makers. Seven young designers decided to join forces and participate to the Blickfang as a collective. Their products range from fashion design to furniture and showcase the rediscovery of making. Forget mass production, it’s all about customization and handmade products with a soul. That is the message they are trying to convey to the design community and design lovers who have a penchant for limited edition collections. Here the links to keep them on your radar: Nicholas Andina, Michela Quadri, Lisa Pomari, Vanessa Venturi and Sami Perucchi, Yari Copt, Marco Lazzaroni, Sofia Lazzeri.
Continuing the European tour, we first land in Italy to meet Ilaria Innocenti and Giorgio Laboratore and then in The Netherlands. This third stop allows us to meet Marijke, co-founder of Lucas en Lucas together with her husband Sander. Their booth is animated by clamp lights, mirror hangers, pen spoons, bottle holders and cup lights… practical yet decorative elements that usually enliven our everyday life. Although all the products look like recycled and/or upcycled, we learn that they are all brand new. Our last stop is somewhere between Zurich and London, to meet Livia and her brand Komana. Fair trade clothing and handprinted textiles are the strengths of the brand, which is dedicated to “conscious fashionistas” who are looking for beautiful yet ethically produced clothes.