Nurturing talent is clearly where it’s at. Not sure about you, but recently we’ve been coming across an increasing number of platforms and showcases that are solely and entirely dedicated to the young, their talent and the development and support thereof. This phenomenon appears to be spreading at a particularly fast rate within the creative sector, from fashion to furniture, from interiors to graphics – so if you’re young, creative and good, the conditions are excellent and your chances of getting exactly the right support in order to emerge successfully as a contender on the international design scene, couldn’t really be better.
Cue design spotlight on Zurich from 21 to 23 November – where young creativity is pooled big-time within the superbly appointed blickfang international design fair.
The blickfang concept was launched a few years ago and has since established itself quite firmly as one of the most important international design events. It stands out from other design trade fairs as it welcomes not only trade visitors but also the general public; visitors are invited to explore new design resources, be inspired and also purchase directly from this new generation of carefully selected designers. So far blickfang venues have included Stuttgart, Basel, Vienna and Zurich – since 2012 the map broadens with the addition of new venues in Hamburg and Munich (2014).
Visit www.blickfang.com for updates and the latest on forthcoming dates and venues.
Next month’s blickfang sees the start of a curatorship by Nils Holger Moormann. Nils follows the likes of Stephen Burks (2010), Stefan & Saskia Diez (2011), Jaime Hayón (2012), Sebastian Wrong (2013) and Carole Baijings & Stefan Scholten (2014) as curators and will lend his guidance and support to all six blickfang events over a period of one year, offering advice and answering questions on creativity and design at each event in Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Basel, Vienna and Zurich.
Underlining the “nurture and promote” concept, the Zurich event will feature regular blickfang highlights such as the MINI design award and blickfang selected – where four specially selected young designers are given the opportunity to exhibit free of charge and present their products to the general public and trade visitors.
See you in Zurich
Any mention of design in Zurich is sure to include White Line Hotels® edit The Widder, which has a little design surprises of its own – one of the fab 50+ hotels & pads that make up our creative edit of places to stay that have soul, a strong identity and a sense of location.
Images © blickfang, Karina Wendt, Winter in Holland, Joval, Lothar Daniel Bechthold, Navarro Slezak and Widder Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland
Vienna’s answer to TriBeCa, SoHo & Shoreditch has to be the original creative Spittelberg in district 7 and home to the artistic Hotel Altstadt Vienna – an original taste maker, this little hotel of sheer creativity borders the nearby historical district 1 (Erster Bezirk) of Vienna – home to the grand avenues and imperial icons all courtesy of the Habsburgs.
Music fans from around the world converge in old town Salzburg (22-26 October) to soak up the best from jazz with great voices and innovative twists expected from the young Austrian musician scene, topped by the “Club of Dreamer”.
The old town will be thrown into a fantastic colourful light installation as it celebrates some 100 concerts across 50 venues, which pretty much throws this small town into jazz fever.
The expanded 9th Vienna Design Week Austria has everything from exhibitions to tours, workshops, parties, and kids events. The goal of the event is to create “a city full of design” for the ten days of the festival, reaching out to everyone from local businesses to design professionals. The city becomes a showroom and a laboratory, from social networking to old-fashioned cocktail parties; it’s a time for experimentation and exploration. And what better way to see Vienna then through the eyes of the very people designing the cities around us and their contents?
More than a few contemporary design stars will be on hand for the event, there to network, present new ideas, and develop critical concepts for the future.
Photographer Markus Kirchgessner has taken an extraordinary journey in life starting off studying Philosophy & Oriental Science before switching to an arts academy to study Visual Design. Since 1992, Markus has been capturing the world of travel, food, hotels, interiors and naturally, a strong focus on culture & people.