Celebrating time! I had a blast at the 20th birthday of the blickfang Zürich this weekend. As one of the biggest international design fair, the event successfully combined collaborations, support to local makers as well as creative workshops — like with the talented blogger Holly Becker from decor8. And of course it hosted the work of more than 200 labels. Remember last time I told you about Estelle Gassmann with her bed linen — that was a great discovery!
Think it’s a nice way to start – this ‘art piece’ has been especially edited for this birthday edition: the table cloth by the German Studio Besau-Maguerre. Loved the poetic and vibrant styling, with the beautiful flowers and the esthetic accessories display.
Just remember that it’s definitely not an exhaustive list, there were many more labels I liked!. So here are some of them, 100% swiss made. Okay, let’s continue with my biggest crush.
Oliver from Rudin Solution Design creates stylish and functional items, made from wood, metal and leather. He tends to combine form and function in the best way. It was quite fun since I first heard about him at the last blickfang in Basel, from the photographer Jen Ries. As I saw these pictures yesterday, I immediately knew it was Jen’s work behind it. The result matches beautifully to the concept, so I’m looking forward to see the brand’s evolution.
Delicate and one of a kind: Andrea Baumann creates by hand porcelain dish and tee services. The irregular shapes and textures make it unique, it’s really worth to see. In Zürich it is also available at AP Store Gallery, in Kreis 1.
It’s been also a nostalgic time: one year ago, at the same time and place, I introduced Stylepaper with my good friend Laura from NULE. Really thankful we made it, but I’m also glad that things moved so much back then.
In any case: NULE carpets are still my favorite in the handmade world. ‘Handwoven for hundreds of years in a tiny village somewhere in the middle of nowhere’.
Qualitative contemporary items for home, the family label Arno Wolf from Basel interpret innovation with some tradition. Featured in the current Annabelle magazine, the candle holders are a highlight — and available in three metal colors.
Among the many, many jewelry brands, I’d certainly pick out the talented Studio Felix Doll for its simple, efficient designs. It also follows the principles of fair production, between Zürich and Kathmandu.
Leonardo Da Vinci said ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’. It all makes sense here. Still hesitating which piece I’ll buy next, but think I could go for earrings like THESE ones.
One new comer: Knit Jewelry ‘s concept is crystal blue, don’t you think? It combines fine knit motives and textures with jewelry items. Earrings, necklaces, rings made of silver and gold. I like!
So now you might wonder ‘what about fashion?’ After having spent some time with Jungle Folk (styling and selling Nieve jumpers!), I get surprised by another young brand from Netherlands. Will show you the item soon.
Have a nice Sunday, xx