for the 6th 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 2010. 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.

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.


tokyo designboom mart at tokyo designers week 2010 images © designboom

designboom friend sites yatzer and designvlog published a first video from TDW and has also mentioned the tokyo designboom mart.


tokyo designboom mart 2010 designboom mart visitors – left image: costas voyatzis of yatzer and emma elizabeth of designvlog right image a visitor dressed for halloween images © designboom

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.

tokyo designboom mart 2010 images © designboom

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.

tokyo designboom mart 2010 david guarino departing after the show has finished (left) – designboom mart dinner after a long show day images © 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.