designboom marts are an unprecedented opportunity to meet the young avant-garde and become familiar with their work. the group exhibitions see international design professionals personally presenting their wares (prototypes and/or limited edition pieces) along with, various-samples and a portfolio. the designers have the opportunity to meet and discuss with customers, manufacturers, distributors, press and museum curators – verifying their designs and their packaging credentials. mart visitors can purchase intelligent, useful and quirky items for a symbolic price, anywhere between USD – 0 USD (or the equivalent depending where the event takes place – EURO, YEN, etc). the designboom marts are truly international – designers come from over 40 countries, and partially cover the travel costs through the sales that they make. over the intense days of exhibiting and socializing designers have the chance to discuss their work with other like-minded professionals from different cultural backgrounds.