Once upon a time when I was a retail shop owner, I visited design & gift trade fairs throughout each year in Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong (which I only went to once, that was enough for one lifetime!). Each fair takes days to explore and after my third or fourth visit to a trade fair (i.e. year 2 of my business), I was over it. There was just too much stuff, too many people, the fluorescent lights hurt your eyes after a few hours (so you can imagine how they feel after a few days), and your feet hate you forever. I don't know why I went in the first place, I suppose because everyone else was and apparently that was the thing to do and lets face it, I was only 21, fresh out of Uni - I had no idea. I soon realised that I didn't want what everyone else had in their shops anyway, so I instead searched out local artisans, craftspeople, and designers + importers who cared about the environment and their artisans.
So today, when someone mentions the phrase 'design fair' to me, I shudder. And being here in Holland where design is 'the thing', there is a lot of peer pressure to go to the fairs. Well, forget it. I am just not interested. And these days, I am less likely to do what someone expects of me than when I was a 21 year old impressionable entrepreneur.
Having said all of that, I have thoroughly enjoyed perusing the recent blog posts of stylist Imke Klee and designer Kristina Klarin, who have both managed to capture the best during the recent Milan design fair with little or no explanation, just pictures: perfect! Granted, the stuff that I like looks as though it's not even in the main fair but instead at spazio rossana orlandi. Which means if I ever want to go back to Milan (I lived in a little village not far from there when I was a teenager), then I will look this special place up and take a wander.
It's Monday! I have some great posts for you this week. Well I may even post all the great ones today, just because I'm feeling in a posty mood. Today is the day to be visiting the (blog)house, come one, come all!