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October spells: let’s go to the Designers’ Open

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Leipzig has an intensive calendar during October, full of events that are helpful to beat the autumn blues and make the city even more adorable. As highlights, there are the Jazztage, which just finished, as well as the upcoming DOK Festival and Designers’ Open, both being covered by The Leipzig Glocal.

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The gallery Drei Ringe, one of the DO/Spots. Photo: Leipziger Messe/Tom Schulze

Next week, Die KONGRESSHALLE (by Leipzig Zoo) will play host to the Designers’ Open (DO) for the first time. The international design exhibition has had already many homes in Leipzig, its last editions being held in the Leipziger Messe. Though the Messe is very beautiful and spacious, it is great to have the exhibition back in the centre, connecting with city life and the DO/Spots (galleries, shops, and creative studios showing the design and art scene in Leipzig).

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Kid’s Corner at the DO/2015. Photo: Leipziger Messe/Tom Schulze

This year, the Designers’ Open will present 200 national and international labels and designers divided into five different thematic areas: DO/Interior & Furniture, DO/Fashion & Accessories, DO/Research & Industry, DO/Architecture and DO/Graphic. This edition will also feature the Kids’ Corner and, as a novelty, the Men’s World. As the self-explaining names promise, these sections will turn their spotlight on these particular audiences, presenting tailored products and experiences.

The diverse programme will please different interests and preferences. From an extravagant fashion show on Saturday, showcasing the work of students of the Burg Giebichenstein (Halle), a graphic design conference, an architecture tour through Leipzig, to the Green Product Award, the Designers’ Open 2016 has everything to outperform its past editions – as it always does. It is also important to mention that the traditional Grassimesse (at the Arts and Crafts Museum) will be taking place parallel to the exhibition, and you can buy combo tickets to get the best of Leipzig’s design events.

During the weekend, we’ll be there for an unusual (for us) and enjoyable task: we’ll have a tandem blogger from Denmark, whom we’ll show around the city and the Designers’ Open itself.

The invitation for us to take part in this tandem project came from Kiss & Tell Communication, and also on behalf of SimplySaxony (the branding initiative of the free state). It’s an initiative to help German and international bloggers get more from Leipzig during their short stay.

So if you have any suggestions about how to tailor their experience in the city, please feel free to leave a comment! We’ll be happy to hear your expert advice.

Our tandem partner Allan lives in Copenhagen and has a beautiful blog called Bungalow5. He describes himself as a “30 something Copenhagen Dweller interiors friend, Car loving self-confessed shoe addict, Crossfit fanatic and world traveller”; and the blog as his “platform for [his] simple, bright and Scandinavian world”.

Four other bloggers from Leipzig will also be partnering with other bloggers, and our first group meeting will be at the vernissage on Friday, 21 October. All the bloggers will meet there at the Blogger Lounge of the Kiss and Tell Community Stand. From then on, you will be able to follow our design discoveries in the exhibition, our tours in the city, and everything about this weekend together on our social media channels.

We believe you might also be interested in following what the other bloggers will be doing, and in getting to know more about them; we put together a list of all participants and their links:

We hope you’ll enjoy following us throughout this experience! And we promise, as Leipzig’s ambassadors, to make Allan’s time in the city superb!

Finally, if we have convinced you to come along, share your experiences with us using the hashtags #do16, #simplysaxony and #leipglo.

Useful information

Opening times:
Friday, October 21, 2016, 12 am – 6 pm
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 10 am – 6 pm

KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo (tram 12)

Helpful links:
Designers’ Open
Ticket Shop
Catalogue as e-paper 
Kiss & Tell Community and Blogger Lounge (event on Facebook)

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Fashion innovations and new trends. Photo: Leipziger Messe/Tom Schulze

Someone always in transit and dialogue between Brazil and Germany, market and academia, dream and reality. A freelance designer, marketing and branding expert, who came to Leipzig to do her PhD. in Global Studies and hasn't left.

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