Cheerless as the thought may be given the complete lack of summer – autumn will soon be with us, and with it Grassimesse Leipzig 2012.
Which is at least one ray of light in the otherwise ubiquitous gloom.
Established in 1920 as an alternative to the mass market products being presented at the public trade fairs in Leipzig, the Grassimesse quickly established itself as one of the most important locations for high quality crafts and applied arts in central Europe and regularly featured works by those associated with, for example the Bauhaus or Wiener Werkstatt movements.
And the Grassimesse 2012 promises to continue this tradition with it mix of traditional crafts, modern applied arts and young, experimental design.
In addition to featuring the works of individual tradespeople from across the disciplines, Grassimesse 2012 also features Galerie Helmrinderknecht who will present a series of bronze works by the Swiss designer Frédéric Dedelley and the installation “Hotel Dresden” from Berlin designer Hermann August Weizenegger.
A further highlight promises to be the results of the “Design für Morgen” project from students at the Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau, Freie Universität Bozen and Burg Giebichenstein Halle which explores how design can help us face up to the challenges of an ever ageing society.
Grassimesse Leipzig 2012 runs from October 26th to October 28th in the Grassi Museum Leipzig. Full details, including a list of all exhibitors can be found at http://grassimesse.de/