05. 05. 2022

Finally great ideas again

The «Handwerk & Design» trade fair offers the international craft industry its own forum within the framework of the Internationale Handwerksmesse (IHM). From handmade spectacle frames to porcelain lampshades, from award-winning watches to the special show of young artistic talent: from 6 to 10 July 2022, Hall B5 will host visitors for the first-time in a one-off summer edition, showcasing artisanal products of the highest quality.

Despite the pandemic and postponement: the «Handwerk & Design» trade fair will take place in 2022 in its tried-and-tested format at the Fairground Munich. The only change: the meeting point this year is in Hall B5, centrally located just behind the eastern main entrance. In an area of 11,000 square meters, almost 400 participants will present the highest quality creative crafts, produced as unique items or in small series. Here, masterful technical execution meets a pronounced awareness of good design. Individually, sustainably produced in local small businesses, the artisanal products incorporate the latest ideas and innovations. Here you can discover things that are not found in any catalogue.


Everyday luxury: handmade and trendy

The focus is on fashion and textile work, as well as jewellery. But glass, ceramics, wood, paper and many other materials and trades are also there to be experienced.

For example, carpets are currently very popular: after a phase of bare wooden floors and smooth tiled floors, many people want to have something a bit more cuddly under their feet. Michelle Mohr and her handmade wool carpets (www.michellemohr.de) are a fine example of this. Wool is great for warmth, and it’s dirt-repellent, washable and environmentally friendly: the textile designer from Wendland works with the wool of sheep from her local region, so transport routes remain short.

Individuality is highly valued by Achim Hackemesser of Unikatbrillen. His spectacles made of natural horn, aluminium and leather (www.unikat-brille.de) are real eye-catchers. The certified optician offers frames and lenses from a single source, which can be manufactured according to customer requirements. Machine processing by CNC milling is deliberately not used here - rather, it is the traces of manual handwork that give the finished spectacles their character.

Genuine craftsmanship is also a core business for watchmaker Rainer Brand (www.rainerbrand.de). His award-winning mechanical watches do not require any intrusive décor. This also applies to the movement: uncluttered and with a velvety surface, it relies entirely on the beauty of the clear construction. Because those who nowadays opt for a mechanical timepiece, hand-crafted by a watchmaker with whom customers can speak in person, are also making a statement of support for the craft.

CUTschmuck from Nuremberg (www.cutschmuck.de) is another fine example of excellent craft and design quality at the «Handwerk & Design» trade fair: The master goldsmiths and silversmiths, David Dott and Anne Fischer, learnt their craftsmanship while studying at the Kunstakademie (university of fine arts). Their chain pendants, earrings and cufflinks feature the edges of polished gems as fine relief lines. They work exclusively with recycled gold and silver.

Luxury for everyday life also comes from the porcelain studio of Claudia Biehne from Leipzig (www.porcelight.com). The ceramic artist studied at the renowned Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle. She not only makes sculptures out of the white gold, but also lampshades. Because porcelain has a special feature: if it is made thin enough, it is translucent.


Selected expertise with concentrated offers

To ensure the top quality of the work exhibited, all exhibitors at the «Handwerk & Design» trade fair were selected individually. The designers and producers stand behind their products – at the fair, also literally: they are on site and ready to answer questions and engage in discussions.

Especially interesting for young visitors: the topic area " Ways to Design" presented by the Coburger Designforum Oberfranken e.V. (www.c-d-o.de). The focus here is on the young talent and the training opportunities in Bavaria. Anyone who is considering a craft profession and has a special interest in design, can find out here what the ways to enter the craft might look like. Learners from Bavarian schools for wood, metal and stone processing, as well as for glass, jewellery and basketwork design will be on site, and provide an insight into their training and profession.

The «Handwerk & Design» trade fair is an important forum for artisanal products with special attention to design. Therefore, in addition to individual producers, more and more associations are taking advantage of the opportunity to present themselves at the fair, and to present their concentrated knowledge to visitors. For example, from Bavaria, GEDOK München e.V. is participating (www.gedok-muc.de). The association supports women who are active in artistic professions. The Bayerische Kunstgewerbeverein (www.bayerischer-kunstgewerbeverein.de) presents a high-quality selection of works by its members, including all the winners and finalists of the annual BKV Prize for Young Arts and Crafts.

The professional associations for applied art from Berlin, Brandenburg, Lower Saxony and Rhineland-Palatinate, as well as other craft organisations from Hesse and Saxony, are also coming to Munich to present their members' work at the «Handwerk & Design» trade fair – and of course, also to measure themselves against their colleagues on site.

In recent years, the "Living Workshops" have proved to be a real attraction for the public. This year, artists will once again be working on site. For example, the goldsmith Bettina Dittlmann, who recently won the prestigious Danner Prize. In a small studio oven, she will demonstrate the technique of enamelling, and she and her husband Michael Jank will also forge their "forever rings" live and on site: classically crafted out of a single piece of metal.


World-class special shows

The EXEMPLA, SCHMUCK and TALENTE – Meister der Zukunft special shows, organized by the Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern chamber of crafts, bring together top international works from the fields of creative crafts and applied arts.  Experts and specialists from all over the world come here to see the most innovative work in the sector.

What's special this year: after several postponements, the EXEMPLA can finally celebrate its 50-year anniversary. In addition to new developments, a "Best Of" of previous trade fairs will be shown: exhibitors who have celebrated particularly great success with the public in recent decades have been invited to the trade fair once again – naturally with further developed products! For example, the glass apparatus maker Sigi Franz from Burghausen impressed visitors several years ago, both with glass apparatus for laboratories as well as glass works of art. He has already handed over his company "Glaspunkt" to younger hands. Now, the successors will be on site, to show how they are shaping the future.

Young designers up to the age of 35 can be discovered at the TALENTE – Meister der Zukunft special show. The most promising artists from 30 countries were selected from hundreds of applications, spanning all fields from glass to textiles, right through to paper and wood, to showcase their fresh ideas, materials discoveries and re-examinations of traditional thinking. Together, they impressively demonstrate the wide range of possibilities that craft and design have to offer.

The SCHMUCK special show still remains the most important show for contemporary artistic jewellery, more than 60 years after it was founded. This year, it is curated by the Australian artist Helen Britton. The traditional small solo exhibition under the auspices of SCHMUCK is dedicated to Robert Baines this year. The Australian is considered a modern alchemist, whose vast knowledge of metal processing forms the basis for his unconventional jewellery.

More international jewellery art can be seen at the stands of FRAME: a dozen of the most important jewellery galleries in the world will come together here, from focal points of the scene such as Galerie Marzee from Amsterdam, Platina from Stockholm or Rosemarie Jäger from Hochheim, right through to completely new galleries from cities such as Paris.





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  • "forever rings" from Bettina Dittlmann and Michael Jank, Photo credit: Ulrike Myrzik

  • lampshades made out of porcelain from Claudia Biehne, Photo credit: Stefan Passig

  • „Acron“from Cornelius Réer, Photo credits: Cornelius Réer

  • Photo credit: unikat-brillen/Achim Hackemesser

  • Anette Leegaard Fuhlendorff: „Prepper Ceramics“. Photo credits: Ole Akhøj / HWK

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