thank you for visiting us. spotted at the designboom mart: anna wintour, editor-in-chief of american vogue !

anna wintour, editor-in-chief of american vogue, visited our designboom mart image © designboom

… and some design celebrities:  li edelkoort and toshiyuki kita

anna wintour at designboom mart tokyo 2011 li edelkoort (left) and toshiyuki kita (right) among the designboom mart visitors images © designboomand our friends from brownbook magazine, the publishers rashid and ahmed bin shabib.

anna wintour at designboom mart tokyo 2011 rashid and ahmed bin shabib from brownbook magazine image © designboom

for the 7th time designboom hosted a group exhibition of international design professionals from around the world as part of the cultural program of the tokyo designers week 2011. at our famous market exhibition, visitors are able to meet the young avant-garde, discuss and buy self-produced or limited edition pieces directly from the designers.

designboom marts are an unprecedented opportunity to meet the young designers 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. 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 1,000-10,000 JPY.

anna wintour at designboom mart tokyo 2011 images © designboom

design fairs are a fantastic occasion to reach like-minded people (curators, press, general public)  as well as industry professionals. 

they are all in love with design and want to know the stories behind the ‘products’,  they like to shop and the designboom mart is the

place to do it. designboom marts serve as a unique interactive platform for emerging and established designers to test their new ideas

at a very low exhibition cost, prior to investing large sums into solo shows. many designers went on to achieve notoriety in the design

business following their participation in designboom marts.

the designboom marts are truly international – designers come from over 30 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 professionals

from different cultural backgrounds.

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south-african designer heath nash with three super-size shopping bag lights, created especially for the tokyo designboom mart.

anna wintour at designboom mart tokyo 2011 images © designboom

nahoko koyama of noa design while hanging her light installation over all mart tables.

anna wintour at designboom mart tokyo 2011 building-up images © designboom

the mart is all about ‘selling design originals’, and at the same time, a fantastic way to promote yourself! it is also about socializing, making friendships, meeting new people from different countries, etc… the designers have direct contact with clients and receive immediate feedback about their products on sale.

anna wintour at designboom mart tokyo 2011 designboom mart dinner after a long show day image © designboom

the designboom mart is widely recognized as the ORIGINAL, the first ever design bazaar. in early 2005 designboom created a completely

new formula of exhibition and since then we have organized over 20 international marts worldwide, that combine high-profile design with a

popular street market setting, making up the cultural program of trade fairs.

anna wintour at designboom mart tokyo 2011 evening scenery of tokyo designers week 2011 image © designboom