I was really excited when I saw the posters for 'Dekumo' a fair of Design, Kunst and Mode taking place in both Stuttgart and Munich. As much as I like the Auer Dult and craft fairs of it's ilk, I get a little (actually, a LOT) tired of all the yodel-lay-hee-hoo stuff on offer here in Bayern.
Unfortunately the fair was kind of a bust. I bumped into one of the sellers who I've met through Etsy and she said it was appallingly slow for a fair of that size. To be fair, she said it is only it's second year running (it's been going for seven in Stuttgart) and these things take time to get a following. The location in the Tönhalle out at Kunstpark Ost wasn't super helpful either, in my opinion.
Allerdings, I did discover some great local talent and an interesting couple of new magazines. I'll write about these more in detail later, or put together some kind of design guide, but for now some links:
Glücksachen: Cute paper goods (Stuttgart)
drauf&dran: Neat-o fabric, felt and gummi based jewelry (Stuttgart)
Johanna Hitzler: Lovely porcelain dishware and gift items (Blankenhain)
Maike Gericke: Interesting jewelry made out of old watches (Reutlingen)
You'll notice none of these sellers are based in Munich! There was a lot I would have been happy to buy, but I couldn't really justify buying myself a bunch of stuff right before Christmas....