Leipzig becomes eastern Germany’s design capital for three days during the international Designers’ Open festival.
More than 150 German and international exhibitors regularly unveil the latest in design from the worlds of fashion, interiors, industry and communications. The venue for the event is the Merkurhaus, a former department store which now stands empty in Leipzig city centre. During the festival, each of the building’s six storeys is used to present a broad range of design themes.
The 2009 Designers’ Open kicked off with the ‘Walk on Air’ fashion show, in which 14 promising young labels from Germany and abroad presented their exquisite, experimental and eminently wearable collections. The evening also featured the inaugural SputnikTrend awards ceremony for bright young talent in eastern Germany: up-and-coming fashion designers took centre stage in 2009. Product designers have their turn in 2010.
Other festival high points included a series of exhibitions staged by Kahla entitled ‘functional gifts’, which have been nominated for Saxony’s State Award for Design, ‘My Bauhaus is better than yours’ – a project by Weimar’s Bauhaus University – and the Culturtraeger Design Prize.
The Designers’ Open in Leipzig runs for three days and comprises a trade fair, the chance to buy products and various supporting events, including one-off exhibitions, specialist talks, documentary screenings and night-time parties. Designers, dealers, manufacturers and consumers are among the 10,000 people who are expected to attend.
Mark the date in your diaries. The Designers’ Open takes place this year from 28 to 30 October 2011